The Todd Smith Fellowship

Purpose: To support an internship - in the fields of either journalism or strategic communication - that deals with international reporting or communication. The funds may be also be used for domestic internships, with departmental approval.

Eligibility: Declared majors in Journalism, Business Journalism or Strategic Communication. Graduating seniors eligible. If the Todd Smith Fellow is an undergraduate, he or she must register for J452 or J453, J462 or J463, and have fulfilled various pre-requisites 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 Stacy Kao,

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.