Students selected for Dow Jones summer program

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Two Penn State journalism students have been selected for the Dow Jones New Fund Editing Intern Program this summer.

The students were selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide who will work at media outlets across the country beginning in mid-June. Those selected were: Crystal Jones, a junior from Annapolis, Md., who will be working at the Journal News in White Plains, N.Y., and Paige Minemyer of Johnstown, Pa., who will be working at the Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Va.

Students selected for the program attend eight-day training programs on college campuses before completing paid internships for a minimum of 10 weeks. At the end of the full program, interns who return to college as full-time students the following fall receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,800 from the Dow Jones News Fund.

Students qualify for consideration for the internships by scoring high on a standard editing test designed by the Dow Jones News Fund staff and administered under controlled conditions on the students’ home campuses. Final selections are made by directors of the training programs based on the test, reference checks, an essay and the student’s academic record.

Both of the selected Penn State students have had previous internship and journalism experience.

Jones completed an internship with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) in Washington, D.C., last summer and is currently completing an internship as the co-editor of the newsletter for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Student Resource Center on the University Park campus.

“This is going to be my first newspaper internship,” Jones said. “I’m excited to finally start my professional career.”

Minemyer, who works at The Daily Collegian on the copy desk and has completed internships at The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, Pa., and the The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., eagerly anticipates the summer opportunity as well.

“I’m really excited to get the chance to move out of Pennsylvania and out of my comfort zone a bit,” said Minemeyer. “It’s in Virginia, so it’s a decent drive but not so far that I’m completely out of touch.”

The Dow Jones News Fund is a nonprofit foundation supported by the Dow Jones Foundation and other communications companies.

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Last Updated March 21, 2013