Newsroom summer internships grow

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 

Ten college interns from around the country are already hard at work this month reporting, writing and editing in the IRW newsroom as they cover events across Washington, D.C., and tackle long-range investigative research.

Catherine York, 21, a Duke University Public Policy major from High Point, N.C., wanted to work with editors and learn from her peers as she soaks in urban life this summer.

"I wanted to work for the Investigative Reporting Workshop because I believe that now, maybe more than ever, there is an increasing need for nonprofit, unaffiliated news that comes from a pure desire to know what's going on in our country and in our world," said York, who is also earning a certificate in Policy Journalism and Media Studies.

"I love to write and to learn about what is going on around me, and I think it's important to share that with others," she added.


Photo by Masashi Kato for IRW

Workshop 2017 summer interns from left, back row: Reis Thebault, Sarah Robertson, Yang Sun, Jerrel Floyd, Clairissa Baker. Front row: Sheila Wang, Catherine York, Alex Sabatell and Andrea Lin.

This year's interns were selected from a pool of 45 applicants. They are: 

Clairissa Baker, Boston University

Jerrel Floyd, American University 

Andrea Lin, American University

Sarah Robertson, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Alex Sabatell, Champlain College

Yang Sun, University of Missouri 

Daniel Teehan, Princeton University 

Reis Thebault, University of California at Berkeley 

Sheila Wang, University of Missouri

Catherine York, Duke University 

They will be working as researchers and reporters on upcoming Workshop stories related to the environment, and also collaborating with our partners at The Washington Post and PBS FRONTLINE. Additionally, two of them will be devoted to visual journalism, creating videos and graphics. And Sheila Wang, who recently completed her master's at the University of Missouri, returns to the Workshop this month to finish a year-long project on water use.

Previous Workshop interns have gone on to work at NBC News, the Atlantic, the New Republic, The Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the Marshall Project, Colorado Public Radio and Mother Jones. 

The Workshop has hired and trained more than 120 students since 2009. The summer interns are funded in part by support from the Park Foundation and the Democracy Fund.

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