Cut in WSJ Internships Not Permanent

The internships offered by The Wall Street Journal next year will not be cut in half permanently, nor will 15 necessarily be the number of interns the paper brings on to its staff, says deputy managing editor Deborah Brewster.
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Earlier today, we pointed out that Brewster had wrote to University of North Carolina journalism students that “Next year, we will be taking fewer interns — about 15 — but we will still offer a broad range of possible placements.”

In 2009 and 2010, the paper brought on nearly 30 interns. While the number will drop, Brewster says that the final count depends on the quality of applicants the paper receives. “The number of interns we have every year changes, and it is not precisely determined until we get to the end of the application process (even after that, we have been known to add one or two). It depends on the quality of the applicants, the number of bureaus which want an intern, and our budget.”

She explained that the last two years, the paper had an unusually high number of interns, and in response, this year they will cut back. However, “This is not part of any big strategic plan,” wrote Brewster in an email.

Let the fighting begin for those coveted few spots to join the WSJ for the summer.