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Eight journalism students have been selected as interns for the summer of 2021

Eight journalism students have been selected as interns for the summer of 2021.  The Reese Cleghorn Internship program hires outstanding student journalists to intern in MDDC member newsrooms each summer.  MDDC was awarded several grants that have enabled us to expand our internship program this year, including funding from the Delaware Humanities Council to support journalists of color in Delaware, funding from the Delaplaine Foundation and funding from The Nutting Family Foundation.  

These interns were selected from a pool of highly-qualified applicants.  This is one of our most geographically diverse groups, with students from University of Maryland, College Park, University of Delaware and University of Southern California.  The intern selection committee reviewed more than twenty initial applications, which included a personal essay, published clips and educational and professional references.  The committee narrowed the field and conducted a panel interview with each candidate.  

Each intern will be treated as a professional working journalist at his or her host newsroom, with the expectation of generating 35-40 published clips and real-world experience during their 8-week paid internship.  As part of the program, MDDC interns participate in a one-day "Into the Newsroom" program hosted by the University of Maryland, which brings together entry level reporters, freelancers and interns from MDDC member organizations for sessions on visual journalism, getting to know beats and data journalism and a panel discussion.   

The interns are (in alphabetical order): Alexis Atherly, Delaware State University, Maria Eberhart, University of Southern California, Krys’tal Griffin, University of Delaware, Catherine Hogan, University of Delaware, Hope Kahn, University of Maryland-College Park, Olivia Montes, Washington College, Eric Neugeboren, University of Maryland-College Park and Clara Niel, University of Maryland-College Park. 

Special thanks go to MDDC's intern selection committee: Chris Flood, The Cape Gazette, Kamau High, Baltimore Sun, Richard Hutzell, The Cape Gazette, Tom Linthicum, TDL Consulting, Paul Milton, Frederick News-Post, Reggie Stuart, and Frank Quine, retired University of Maryland College of Journalism. 

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Alexis Atherly is a 2020 graduate of Delaware State University with a degree in mass communications and will be interning with Coastal Point. Alexis is from Clayton, DE and has worked as an intern writer for T.D. Financial Group, in addition to writing articles for Delaware State University’s newspaper, The Hornet. Bhushan Aryal, one of Alexis’ professors, writes that she is “a well-rounded and grounded intelligent student ready for some imprints in the world. I see an emerging scholar and a commanding professional in [her].” 

 

Maria Eberhart is a sophomore at the University of Southern California and is originally from Timonium, MD. She will be interning at The Baltimore Sun, working under the supervision of Kamau High. Maria is the features writer for The Daily Trojan, the student newspaper. One of her professors, Ronald Grover, writes that “She simply gets all of it—the need to write concise, accurate copy that is balanced and objective. She worked well under pressure, understands direction and turns around the story quickly.” 

 

Krys’tal Griffin is a senior at the University of Delaware and hails from Newark, DE. She will be interning with The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware.  Krys’tal interned with The News Journal in 2020 and has also been featured in the Newark Post. One of Krys’tal’s journalism professors, Daniel Biddle, writes that “On each assignment she demonstrated a level of professionalism and accountability far beyond her years…plus, she is a fearless interviewer and close observer, rare qualities in student journalists.” 

 

 

Catherine Hogan is a sophomore at the University of Delaware and is originally from Wilmington, DE. She will be interning at the Cape Gazette. Catherine is currently the editor for The University of Delaware’s chapter of Her Campus, and she is also a staff writer for the campus newspaper, The Review. Gina Magliocco, President of Her Campus, recognizes Catherine’s enthusiasm and consistency, writing, “I have appreciated her love for journalism and productive mindset.” 

 

Hope Kahn is a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park and is originally from Ellicott City, MD. She will be interning at The Annapolis Capital. Hope has contributed to the iGeneration Youth Magazine and the Institute for Policy Studies. Lori Cullen, publisher of iGeneration Youth, writes about a high-pressure moment for Hope. “[She] filed the story early, finished the video and created an exhaustive social media plan with buying from the filmmakers. The resulting iGTV video and article that was published on MSN Entertainment had the highest views out of any piece we have produced.” 

Olivia Montes is a junior at Washington College and hails from Middletown, DE. She will be interning with Delaware State News in Dover. Olivia previously interned with the Delware Today magazine and is the editor of the Washington College student newspaper, The Elm. One of Olivia’s professors, Sufiya Abdur-Rahman, writes that “As a reporter, Olivia is very detail-oriented. She notices things that other reporters may overlook and asks about them. These observations are perhaps the best part of her writing, as they reveal truths that may otherwise stay hidden." 

 

Eric Neugeboren is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park and is originally from Cabin John, MD. He will be interning at The Daily Record. Eric is currently the Assistant News Editor of The Diamondback, the student newspaper and has been published in the Chicago Sun-Times. Jessica Jerreat, Eric’s internship supervisor at Voice of America writes “[He] has great potential that will only improve as he gains more practical experience in interviewing. He made such an impression on the press freedom team that we have kept him on in a freelance capacity.” 

 

Clara Niel is a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park and is from Gaithersburg, MD. She will be interning at the Frederick News-Post. Clara is currently the city council reporter and staff writer for The Diamondback, UMD’s campus newspaper.  Angela Roberts, news editor for The Diamondback, writes that, “From her first day on the job, she wowed us…Clara conducted sensitive, heartbreaking interviews with empathy and compassion.” One of Clara’s professors, Clarence Williams, writes that “[she] loves to write, asks good questions and she doggedly chases the facts necessary for professional level reports as the City Council reporter." 

 

Congratulations to MDDC's interns!  Interested in becoming an intern in 2022?  The application period is open from October to November.  Read more about the program here

The Reese Cleghorn internship program is part of the MDDC Press Foundation, which is funded in part through donations from private individuals.  Learn more or make a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation

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