Lynette Lithgow Internship

Lynette Lithgow

Lynette Lithgow was born in Trinidad but spent most of her life in the United Kingdom. Much of her career was with the British Broadcasting Corporation, having presented television news programs for the BBC regionally, nationally and internationally. She also worked for Granada Television in Manchester and for Tyne-Tees Television in Newcastle.

Her overseas postings were with Radio Television Brunei and with CNBC Asia, based in Singapore, where she was editorial training manager and senior anchor. Luminaries who faced her nightly questioning included President Kim of South Korea, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia, Singapore Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Indonesian President B. J. Habibie, New Zealand former Prime Minister Jenny Shipley, U. S. Commerce Secretary William Daley, Trade Secretary Charlene Barshefsky, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the deposed Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, in an exclusive interview only hours after he was sacked.

She was the author of Special Blend: Fusion Management from Asia and the West, which explores the impact of culture and history on Asian management styles.

The Internship

The Lithgow Internship Fund was established in Lynette Lithgow’s honor and provides an opportunity for students to gain practical experience within the field of journalism. A stipend of $3,000 will be awarded to a Harvard Kennedy School student who has secured a summer internship position working for a news organization. Students are responsible for obtaining employment, and the position should be full-time and last a minimum of eight weeks. The Lithgow Internship is intended to benefit students with nonpaying or low-paying positions.

How to Apply

Deadline: March 27, 2017. HKS students may apply using the Summer 2017 Common Application which is now open.

  • Click “Create a Summer Internship Application,” and complete the form, if you have not already created a profile.
  • Under “Current Applications,” click “Create a new application.”
  • In the “Center Funding Program” dropdown menu, choose “Shorenstein Center Lynette Lithgow Internship.”
  • Complete the application.
  • Click “Upload Attachment” and attach to the application a current resume and a one-page proposal. Include a description of the news organization and the focus of your internship. Please explain how the internship you have secured will complement your education and reinforce your career goals.

If you have questions about the internship, please contact Nancy Palmer at or 617-495-8714.


2016: Shanoor Seervai
STAT News, Boston

2014: Stefanie Knoll
ARD, German public television (Washington, D.C.)

2013: Karly Schledwitz
MSNBC, The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd

2012: Razvan Orasanu (Romania)

2011: Matt Mabe
WBUR, On Point with Tom Ashbrook

2010: Euyhun Yi
Sisain magazine (Korea)

2009: Carrie Sheffield
Jerusalem Post

2008: Nik Steinberg
Global Post

2007: Massimiliano Santini
Business Daily (Kenya)

2006: Kaj Larsen
Current TV

2005: James Crabtree
The Economist (U.K.)