William F. Buckley Jr. nurtured two generations of conservative journalists. His enormous legacy includes scores of conservative editors and writers. The annual William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowship in Political Journalism, sponsored by the National Review Institute, is a unique opportunity for a recent college graduate to work as writer/reporter with National Review magazine for a one year term.
National Review roving correspondent Kevin D. Williamson serves as Director of the Buckley Fellowship for NRI. As an onsite mentor, Kevin will be offering editorial feedback, guidance, and support in weekly reviews with the Buckley Fellows, as well as hosting monthly lunches with leading conservative thinkers and journalists.
Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, said “The Buckley program has a proven record of training top-notch young conservative journalists. We couldn’t be more delighted with this year’s fellows and our enhanced program.”
This NRI fellowship comes with an annual stipend grant of $50,000, paid bi-monthly and lasts for twelve months.
Current William F. Buckley Jr. Political Journalism Fellows:
Alexandra DeSanctis graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with a degree in Political Science. At Notre Dame, she was executive editor of the independent, conservative student newspaper the Irish Rover, and she served twice as co-chair of the largest student-run conference in the country, the Edith Stein Project. During college, she was a contributing reporter for the College Fix, the National Catholic Register, and the Cardinal Newman Society, and she served as a writer and managing editor for the online journal of religion and politics Ethika Politika. As a Student Free Press Association intern, she worked for the editorial board of USA TODAY, and she served as a reporting intern for the local newspaper the High Point Enterprise through the Collegiate Network internship program. While in high school, she interned twice for the Laura Ingraham Radio Show.
Austin Yack recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in English. He worked as a student reporter for the UCSB Daily Nexus and The College Fix, where many of his articles were featured on National Review, Fox News, and The Blaze. In the summer of 2015, Austin served as a Student Free Press Association Fellow at The Hill Newspaper. In addition to reporting, he studied abroad at the University of Cambridge, published academic papers on 4Humanities.org, and interned at the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office and Young America’s Foundation. Austin was active with the College Republicans during his time at UCSB. He held the position of Administrative Vice-Chair of the California College Republicans statewide board as well as Vice President of the UCSB College Republicans chapter.
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