The Associated Press has confirmed that its internship program has been put on hold for a year while the company focuses its financial resources on its “essential core businesses”.
Last week, Journalism.co.uk reported that the national president of the Society of Professional Journalists had urged the Associated Press to maintain its paid internship program as it underwent an internal examination. The AP changed its internship program in news to the AP Internship Program about 10 years ago, doubling the program in size.
Today a spokesperson told Journalism.co.uk that the internship program will resume in 2012 with “the same focus on diversity”.
As part of the cutback AP has also suspended its attendance at journalism recruitment conventions for a year.