Six communications students selected for internship program

December 21, 2009

Six students from Penn State's College of Communications have been selected to work at media outlets across the country this coming summer as part of internships coordinated through the competitive Dow Jones Newspaper Editing Intern Program.

The students will complete intensive two-week training sessions in mid-May before starting their internships later that month.

In the past seven years, more than 45 Penn State students have been selected for the program.  With six selections this year, the University ranks among national leaders in internship placements through the program.

"Our program emphasizes developing strong editing skills by requiring all of our print majors to complete an editing course,” said Marie Hardin, associate professor and associate dean for administration. “It is gratifying to see some of our top students pursue editing careers, and many get a good start through the Newspaper Fund.”

Penn State students, listed with their hometowns and the media outlets where they will work this summer, are:

  • -- Kirstie Hettinga, a graduate student from Santa Maria, Calif., AccuWeather;
  • -- Amanda Hofmockel, a junior from Schwenksville, Pa., California Watch;
  • -- David Miniaci, a junior from Hawthorne, N.J., The New York Post;
  • -- Alexandra Petri, a senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., Cape Cod Times;
  • -- Dan Rorabaugh, a senior from Mount Joy, Pa., Hartford Courant; and
  • -- Rossilyne Skena, a senior from Trafford, Pa., Palm Beach Post.

Students selected for the program attend free pre-internship seminars on college campuses and earn salaries of at least $350 a week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Interns who return to college as full-time students the following fall receive $1,000 scholarships from the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund.

Students qualify for consideration for internships by scoring high on a standard editing test designed by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund staff and administered under controlled conditions on the students’ home campus. Final selections then are made by a panel of editing professors based on the test, an essay written specifically for the competition and on the student’s academic record.

Eleven students from across the country will complete their pre-internship training sessions at Penn State because the College of Communications plays host to one of Newspaper Fund’s “boot camps” to prepare students for their internships in mid-May.

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

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated December 22, 2009