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The Todd Smith Fellowship

Purpose: To support an internship with El Nuevo Herald in Miami, Fla., including an international reporting experience accompanied by a full-time reporter and/or photographer.

Funds available: Approximately $10,000.

Eligibility: Declared majors in Journalism or Business Journalism. Graduating seniors eligible. Proficiency in a Spanish is required. If the Todd Smith Fellow is an undergraduate, he or she must register for J453 and have fulfilled all the pre-requisites for J453 before the internships begins. The internship will be served in the summer after the junior or senior year.

How to apply: Address applications to the department head. Include: 1) a cover letter specifying your interest and background for the proposed internship and 2) your resume, emphasizing journalistic work already accomplished.

Deadline: Second week in December.

For details: See John Muncie,; ex. 8240

This fellowship memorializes a 1982 graduate of Washington and Lee whose deep devotion to the profession of Journalism and to international reporting led to his untimely death. Todd Smith was brutally murdered in November 1989 in Uchiza, Peru, by The Shining Path guerrillas and drug traffickers.

Awarding of the internship is based on how closely the application reflects Todd Smith's interest in promoting understanding of foreign issues and cultures through journalistic endeavor.

The department ordinarily cannot support projects that require travel to countries on the State Department's current travel warning list. To see a list of those countries, click here.

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications administers the income from the Todd Smith endowment.