Two students selected for MLB.com internships

Two Penn State journalism students -- Steven Petrella of Randolph, N.J., and Stephen Pianovich of Lykens, Pa -- have earned the opportunity to cover professional baseball this summer through the highly competitive internship program coordinated by Major League Baseball. Both students are sports writers for The Daily Collegian.

This is the sixth consecutive year that College of Communications students have secured the internships through the program. Since 2008, 20 different Penn State students have been selected for internships.

Petrella will cover the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pianovich will cover the Philadelphia Phillies this summer.

Through the program, interns work as associate reporters and produce daily stories and videos about their assigned teams. Each intern is required to work for a minimum of 10 weeks, but may have the opportunity to stay throughout the season and into the playoffs.

Painovich started working on his internship application last fall. The process was long, but it had an exciting end.

“I had to initially send a resume and clips to the website, and then in September, MLB.com had someone visit Penn State, and I was one of a few people who got to interview,” said Pianovich. “Two months or so after the interview, I was informed I made the next round and then had to do a writing test, which featured watching an archived game from the World Series and writing a story about it.”

Petrella is excited to be in a new location and, of course, cover sports.

“I’m most excited about the opportunity to see a new city and cover professional sports. Most people never get the chance to cover a pro sport at any point in their lifetime, and to be doing it at 20 years old is truly a blessing,” said Petrella. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity.”

Both students also are members of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, housed in the College of Communications. The Curley Center, created in 2003, explores issues and trends in sports journalism through instruction, outreach, programming and research. The center’s undergraduate curricular emphasis includes courses in sports writing, sports broadcasting, sports information, sports media and society, and sports and public policy, which is cross-listed with the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

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Last Updated April 01, 2013