By: U.S. Department of Education


Forbes believes in the power of entrepreneurial capitalism and uses it on various platforms to ignite the conversations that drive systemic change in business, culture and society. We celebrate success and are committed to using our megaphone to drive diversity, equity and inclusion.

ABOUT THE FORBES SCHOLARS PROGRAM: Newsrooms are best when they reflect different backgrounds, voices, and points of views. The Forbes Scholars Program was created as a step toward realizing this ideal, focusing on preparing and supporting emerging black journalists and journalists of color from HBCUs interested in business journalism. Specifically, this fellowship program was developed to 1) provide a deep grounding in financial and general news reporting, 2) endow training on fast-paced news stories, and 3) cultivate a passion within emerging journalists of color for using their voice to serve the public as perve yours of the news—at Forbes or beyond.

Acceptance into this program includes participation in editorial workshops and mentorship, provided by senior editors and reporters – leading up to a paid 8–12-week internship (June – August) working in the Forbes newsroom.


  •   Pitch, report and write stories on
  •   Conduct research related to list rankings (contact sources, gather documents and data, write short profiles)
  •   Create photo galleries and infographics
  •   Fact-check the Daily Cover Story on and magazine stories
  •   Manage social media campaigns and social engagement strategies
  •   Research emerging trends, prospective contributors and attend industry events specific to your team/channel
  •   Collaborate with Forbes staffers on special projects as needed


  • Journalism major, role at a collegiate publication, OR previous journalism experience
  • Prior experience in reporting, writing and editing
  • Solid news judgment with understanding of journalistic standards and editorial ethics
  • Experience with publishing platforms, current digital and social media technologies and SEO best practices
  • Interest in business/entrepreneurship and understanding of basic financial terms/figures
  • Ability to analyze documents during research
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines

Eligible Candidates: Eligible fellows are HBCU students who will graduate in 2023 or 2024 or recent HBCU grads.

Location: Virtual or Jersey City, NJ


  • Application Period—rolling application process with applications closing on Feb 1, 2023.
  • Workshops/Mentoring programming—weekly sessions in April and May, 2023.
  • Hands-On Newsroom Experience—June – August, 2023.