Wall Street Journal assistant managing editor Sarah Rabil sent out the following on Friday:
>We’re delighted to introduce you to the future of journalism: our 2020 interns. The bios they provided are impressive—and fun—to read.
This year’s class, as you know, will work a bit differently. Some interns will start in June and work remotely this summer. The rest are deferring to September, January or next June in the hopes we can have as many of them as possible working in the newsroom, alongside us. We still want to recognize each of them now for being selected for this highly competitive opportunity.
Thank you for extending warm welcomes to all of these journalists as they join us over the coming year.
Sarah, Andrés & Megan
Elaine will be reporting for WSJ Pro. She recently graduated from the University of Chicago, majoring in economics and political science. Previously, she interned at the Chicago Tribune, the Sacramento Bee, and Chalkbeat Chicago. She also reported for and edited her school paper, the Chicago Maroon.
Euirim will be covering technology for the San Francisco bureau. A graduate of the University of Chicago where he majored in computer science and economics, he is currently working towards a master’s degree in computer science at Stanford University. He is interested in reporting on the great power struggle between the U.S. and China in the science and technology space, as well as on corporate malpractice and fraud in the technology industry. Euirim has interned at Facebook and was the editor in chief of his college newspaper, the Chicago Maroon. On weekends, you can find him running in the bitter cold and tinkering with computers.
Sawyer will be on the Corporate graphics desk visualizing all things business. He is a Texan and is graduating this month from Columbia Journalism School’s data journalism program. Not-so-recently, he graduated from Texas State University, where he majored in journalism and minored in music. This spring he was a data and graphics intern with NBC News Digital. When not scrabbling maps and charts, you can find him tucked in the corner of any coffee shop complaining about the music.
Nora will be on the audio team. She grew up in Wisconsin, where she received her undergraduate degree in English and business from St. Norbert College. After working at a biotech company in Minnesota, she trekked out east to earn her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. She’s previously worked with NPR and the Associated Press. When not listening to or editing podcasts, she’s typically still buried in her headphones, blasting music and going for runs.
Cordilia will be on the Life & Arts desk. Originally from Macon, Ga., she recently graduated from American University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in creative writing. She is interested in covering lifestyle and culture, especially how policies, trends and technology impact our relationships and way of life. Previously, Cordilia worked as a digital content producer at NBC Washington and has interned at the Telegraph, DCist and Washingtonian Magazine. She was involved in the Online News Association’s Student Newsroom and Innovation Lab in 2019 and will participate in the New York Times’s 2020 Student Journalism Institute later this year. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her practicing yoga, brushing up on her Spanish skills and cooking new recipes at home.
Benoît will be reporting for the Paris bureau this summer. He is French and a soon-to-be graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has reported on climate change, gambling addiction and cryptocurrency from the Philippines, Finland and Switzerland. Previously, Benoît has reported on France and Europe for the New York Times as a journalist in the Paris bureau. He is an avid hiker and dabbles in street photography.
Kynala will be interning for WSJ. Magazine. She is graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a First Wave Hip-Hop and Urban Art Scholar and a 2019 ProPublica Diversity Scholar. She is interested in covering politics, culture and lifestyle. During her undergraduate career, she interned for Madison365.com, Wisconsin State Journal and Essence Magazine. In addition to her work as a budding journalist, she is interested in helping others vote and creating vision boards on Pinterest.
Andrew will be joining the graphics team this summer covering enterprise. He is graduating this month from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism’s master’s in data journalism program. He graduated from Indiana University in May 2019 with a bachelor’s in informatics, a specialization in journalism and minors in human-centered computing and interactive & digital media. He worked at the Indiana Daily Student and the Arbutus Yearbook for four years and served as a photojournalist, designer, managing editor and editor in chief. At Columbia, he covered gentrification and education in Dominican immigrant communities in New York City. Andrew interned at NBC News on the data/graphics team in the fall and will be also be working at the New York Times Student Journalism Institute this year. In his free time, he plays alto saxophone and french horn – a holdover from high school marching band.
Oyin will be on the spot news team next summer in New York. She is a rising senior at Morgan State University in Baltimore where she majors in multimedia journalism with a Spanish minor. She is also the editor in chief of the university’s student newspaper, the MSU Spokesman. Previously, she interned at the Baltimore Sun primarily on the features desk, but occasionally covered breaking news. She also participated in the 2019 Politico Journalism Institute where she reported on the Sierra Club’s lawsuit against the Trump administration’s border wall. When she isn’t working on a story, she either has her nose buried in a good book or is watching a funny video on YouTube.
Rocky, who will be reporting with the Young Audiences team, grew up in Phoenix and is graduating from the University of Arizona with a major in journalism and minors in political science and Spanish. She interned at the Jerusalem Post in Israel, the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Daily Star, and held multiple editor positions at the Daily Wildcat, her school paper. She also studied product development and worked as an Innovation Fellow at the Daily Star and a special projects researcher at the Daily Wildcat. When she’s not working, you can find Rocky singing, running or cooking!
Jem will be joining the London bureau’s finance desk. He is currently at Columbia Journalism School, studying for a master’s in political reporting, and previously graduated from the University in Oxford with a first-class history degree. Before moving to New York, Jem worked at the Financial Times in London, where he won an award for his pensions coverage. At weekends, you can usually find him with a book on Hampstead Heath.
Amy will be reporting with the London corporate team. She is a student in the financial journalism master’s program at City, University of London, and an economics graduate from Cambridge University. Previously she interned at the Financial Times and Investors Chronicle, and over the last year has been working part time for Sifted, a digital media outlet covering European startups and entrepreneurs. Aside from journalism, she enjoys playing football and spends her weekends tracking down the best coffee shops in London.
Madeleine will be working as a data journalism intern. She grew up in Pittsburgh and is a 2020 graduate from Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism and sociology. Previously, she was a Dow Jones News Fund data journalism intern at the Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, and she also competed on the DI cross country team while in college. Outside of work, she loves roller skating, crossword puzzles and advice podcasts.
Renata is from São Paulo and is a 2020 honors graduate from the University of Oregon, where she majored in journalism and minored in political science. She will be working with the Future of Everything during her internship. She is the recipient of the F. James Pensiero business reporting scholarship. Renata is interested in covering startups, business and innovation. She has published freelance pieces in news outlets in Brazil, the U.K. and the U.S. Previously, she interned at the Eugene Weekly, where she covered business and technology. On weekends, you can find Renata doing yoga or reading in a park.
Maya will be a reporting intern on U.S. News, primarily with the Greater New York desk. A Michigan native, she graduates in May from the University of Michigan (Go blue!) with a degree in anthropology. Maya served as the 2019 editor in chief of the Michigan Daily, the independent student newspaper covering the University of Michigan, and has previously interned with Bloomberg Environment and Michigan Radio. Outside of journalism, she likes camping and working on her baking skills.
Derek will be working with the Exchange team in New York. He is a 2020 graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University where he majored in journalism with a focus on economics and investigative reporting. He has interned for the Seattle Times and Bloomberg News, and his work has appeared online in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press, among others. When he’s not on deadline, Derek can be found in the local climbing gym or falling off his longboard.
Brooke, a Dow Jones News Fund business reporting intern, will join the WSJ Pro team covering everything from private equity to cybersecurity. She’s a South Florida (954!) girl studying investigative journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. As an Ida B. Wells fellow, Brooke loves taking deep dives to cover communities of color and follow the money. Previously, she has interned with the Miami Herald, the South Florida Times and Inc. Magazine. Brooke has a major sweet tooth and takes all food recommendations (as long as you don’t tell her dentist).
Hannah will be interning with the economics team in Washington, D.C. She is a 2020 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where she covered university news for the Daily Tar Heel student newspaper, studied business journalism and worked part-time at a local restaurant that (allegedly) makes the best chili cheeseburger in the country. Hannah has previously interned for the Triangle Business Journal and the Charlotte Observer. When not working on a story, she can be found reading, biking, drinking coffee or performing some precarious combination of all three activities.
Logan, a Dow Jones News Fund business reporting intern, will be working on the WSJ markets team. She is graduating from Ohio University where she majored in journalism and minored in economics. Logan is interested in writing about market trends and their roles in everyday life. She’s interned at American City Business Journals and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. In her free time, you can find her writing poetry or reading classic novels.
Donny, originally from Portland, Oregon, will be joining the U.S. News and Entertainment team in Los Angeles. He’s graduating in June from the University of Oregon, where he studies journalism and creative writing. He’s also the managing editor of the UO’s student-run newspaper, the Daily Emerald. In the past, he’s been a news intern at the Eugene Weekly and the Daily Guide, Accra’s largest independently-owned newspaper in Ghana. He’s interested in public records, the entertainment industry and real estate. When not digging through documents, he’s probably at home working on the next great American novel.
Amy will be doing product design next summer at the Journal. She hails from Raleigh, N.C., where she is entering her senior year at NC State University with a major in graphic design and an anthropology minor. She is especially interested in the role design plays in connecting diverse parts of large systems. In her free time, you’ll find her reading, cooking with lots of cilantro or exploring New York City (she is very open to recommendations).
Amy, a Dow Jones News Fund digital intern, will be working with the digital desk. She is a junior at Syracuse University, where she is a dual major in magazine journalism and international relations with a minor in religion. Amy is interested in learning more about how to use the power of the internet and social media to distribute information and engage readers. Last summer, she interned at her local NPR station in her home state of Hawaii. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, eating her weight in ramen and spending time with her two cats Bella and Leroy.
Madeleine will report with the politics team in Washington, D.C. Madeleine studied English and economics at the University of Pennsylvania. She spent two summers in Washington, covering foreign affairs for Vox.com and Texas politics for the Dallas Morning News. She was also a metro intern at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Madeleine likes to watch French movies, try new recipes and visit home in the Florida panhandle.
Marco will be an intern on the markets team. He is from Wake Forest, N.C., and is a graduating senior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a business journalism major and was the co-editor in chief of UNC’s student newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel. Marco is a huge soccer fan and his favorite team is F.C. Barcelona.
Sam will be interning with WSJ’s photo desk. She is a Wisconsin native and graduate student at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where she is focusing on photography and interactive design. Previously, Sam worked as a photojournalist for San Francisco’s NPR station, KQED, covering daily and feature assignments. She also worked as a photo assistant and producer for photo and documentary projects both domestically and internationally. When not looking at photography, Sam can be found adapting old family recipes or climbing mountains with her best friends.
Elena will be in Hong Kong next summer as the Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism intern. She is a junior at Stanford University, where she studies political science and computer science. Currently, she’s also learning Chinese, Arabic and French. Besides covering housing affordability and misconduct at her campus paper, she has also reported on business, technology and the environment for the San Francisco Chronicle. She loves music, painting, hiking and the Atlanta Braves.
Sami, a reporting intern, will be working with the real estate team next summer in New York. She is a junior at the University of Texas at Austin and hails from the Chicago suburbs. Sami is interested in writing about the intersection of public policy and everyday people. Previously, she interned at the Texas Tribune, NBC News in Washington and the Houston Chronicle’s Austin bureau. When not in the newsroom, you can find her taking fitness classes and searching for the best cold brew in town.
Sarah, an Overseas Press Club fellow, will be interning in the Hong Kong bureau. She is a recent graduate of the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She is interested in covering the environment, economics and the supply chains that connect and impact people all over the world. She has previously published at Yes! Magazine, Longreads, Nikkei Asian Review, Next City, and more. Her most prized possession is her bicycle, which has carried her thousands of miles all over the U.S.
Emma will be working on the Greater New York news desk. She is originally from Baltimore, but lived in the Netherlands for seven years. Emma graduated from the New School in New York in May 2019 where she earned her degree in journalism and design. Soon after graduating, Emma worked as a communications assistant with the Recording Industry Association of America in Washington, before returning to her desired profession of journalism. Emma is currently an intern with the breaking news desk at the Daily Beast, a position she began last November. She is interested in writing about social/cultural issues—her senior thesis chronicled the reality of pervasive multi-generational grief in Baltimore’s most troubled neighborhoods resulting from persistent gun violence. Previously, Emma was the news editor for her university newspaper and she interned at CBS Local in Baltimore as well as Charm TV, the city’s municipal television station.
Nikki will intern with the video team in summer 2021. She is currently a rising senior at the Annenberg School for Journalism at the University of Southern California, where she majors in journalism with a minor in marketing. Nikki works as the executive producer for Annenberg TV News, USC’s local 30-minute newscast. There she has spearheaded coverage of Kobe Bryant’s memorial, the Saugus High School shooting and three hours of live coverage on Super Tuesday. Most recently she has shifted her student-led newsroom to continue remote production amid the Covid-19 pandemic, without missing a scheduled show. Nikki has previously interned with Investor’s Business Daily, worked directly with CNN alum Jessica Yellin and with NBC4 under Emmy Award-winning producer Mary Harris. In her free time she enjoys reading new wellness research studies, specifically focused on the power of the mind.