The interns are coming!
We are excited to announce this year’s summer interns, who will be starting in the New York newsroom next month. It was a rigorous application process, starting in September 2017. We received hundreds of diverse applicants and made offers to 14 finalists in November.
This is an eight-week long paid internship with most of the interns starting on June 4, after graduation.
Fusion Media Group was also awarded a grant by the Online News Association to support a mentorship program in partnership with the summer internship. All 14 interns will be paired with their own mentor in the newsroom for professional development. There will be a series of lunch-n-learns at the Gizmodo Media Group office, which will feature panels of industry leaders who can speak on all aspects of the media business.
Please meet all the 14 interns below:
Avery Huang Yang
Northwestern University ‘19
Los Angeles, California
I was inspired to apply for this internship program because I am a long-time reader of Deadspin and truly appreciate its role in the overall media ecosystem. The irreverence, yet incisiveness, of the site is juxtaposed by the finest investigative reporting in sports, creating a unique blend of content that consistently keeps clowns in the sports world and beyond in check.
I am most looking forward to enhancing my reporting and writing skills—specifically, on the investigative side—during my internship.
Jezebel, The Muse
Wesleyan University ‘18
Hi! I’m currently a senior at Wesleyan University, majoring in film, editing the student blog, and finishing up my undergraduate thesis on music videos. I’ve been reading the GMG blogs since I was in high school, so I was thrilled to learn I’d be interning for them this summer. Please send me any and all Kate Bush gifs you have in your arsenal.
Pennsylvania State University ‘18
My childhood consisted of moving to new places consistently until I moved to Houston in 2011. August 2018, will officially be my 7th year living in the USA. I am French and would describe myself as very open-minded who loves to meet people with different backgrounds than mine.
What truly inspired me to apply for this program, was the diversity of the program. This internship showed diversity on different levels from featuring many different types of subsites from technology to politics, but as well as showing diversity within the Gizmodo group/staff.
I am most looking forward to learn as much as I can. I am eager to work hard to provide good quality work, learn more about the industry and the staff and have a great time!
Gizmodo Media Group, Special Projects Desk
Cornell University ‘18
I studied Computer Science/Data for 5 years. However, through my college years I was also an English minor and was always interested in literary/social scientific matters. In the summer between my Junior and Senior years I interned at a tech company and though I really enjoyed the work, when I came back for my Senior year I realized that I was more interested in examining the impact technology is having on various aspects of human life and society. So I wrote a thesis titled “How Technology Undermined and Clarified Privacy:
Camera to Internet” where I traced changes to privacy law inspired by technological advances from the 1890s till today. The experience of writing about technology and making the kinds of inferences that I could only make because of my understanding of technology was immensely fulfilling to me and thats how I came to look at Data Journalism. So I’m thrilled about working at Gizmodo! I’m most looking forward to getting my hands dirty with a large and messy datasets and finding a story buried deep within.
Jennifer Soo Min Kang
Columbia University School of Journalism ‘18
Jennifer is a recent graduate of Columbia Journalism School. During her master’s, she covered general news in Harlem and picked up new skills like photography, video and data. Before that, she studied at UC Berkeley, where she was a city government reporter at The Daily Californian. Jennifer was inspired to apply for the Splinter internship because she wanted to develop a stronger and unique voice when writing about politics. Jennifer looks forward to meeting other aspiring journalists and mentors who she can learn from. Besides writing about politics and women’s health, her interests include singing, surfing and taking pictures of your food for Instagram.
New York University ‘18
Hi, I’m Jess! I’m a Master’s student at New York University studying science journalism. Previously, I’ve interned and written for outlets such as Popular Science, NPR, and Science Magazine, and have covered topics including internet linguistics, the dangers of ice fishing, and baseball physics. I’m thrilled to continue writing about how science permeates everyday life as an intern for Gizmodo this summer.
Gizmodo Media Group, Video
University of New Haven ‘18
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
As someone who was coming fresh out of college with dreams of moving to the big city, and even bigger ideas, I knew that I wanted to share this energy with a company that encourages originality, creativity and progressive thinking. After being inspired by content produced by Gizmodo throughout my college career, the desire to actually work with this company as I jumpstart my postgraduate career was overwhelming and I knew had to go for the opportunity. I’m mostly looking forward to being surrounded by the youthful, creativity energy in the office and spending my days bouncing ideas around with my fellow interns and professional staff while producing engaging content
Rutgers University ‘18
Howell, New Jersey
Keoni Nguyen is currently pursuing a degree in English and minoring in Digital Communication, Information, & Media and Business & Technical Writing. At Rutgers University, she was an intern for the Rutgers Writing Program where she was the Assistant Editor of Dialogues@RU Journal and the Co-Chair for the 2017 Undergraduate Research Writing Conference. She is currently the Assistant Editor and transitioning into becoming the Campus Correspondent for the Rutgers chapter of Her Campus. When Keoni’s not reading or writing, she can be found binge watching shows, chowing down on some sweet snacks, or window shopping for clothes online.
As someone who loves entertainment, gaming, and writing, Keoni jumped at the opportunity of potentially working for Kotaku, which she has been an avid reader of for years. With this internship experience, she is most looking forward to becoming a more compelling writer (particularly when discussing the topics of entertainment and gaming) while working in a fast-paced environment.
The Ohio State University
I’ve been working towards a career in automotive journalism since I was a middle schooler, so when I found out my favorite site was hiring summer interns I jumped at the chance.
I already had the chance to meet a lot of the team during this year’s Detroit Auto Show, where I represented Jalopnik in the Writers Vs. Readers go-karting event and I couldn’t be more excited to have a chance to work with this group.
I’m looking forward to a summer of Carguments, terrible takes, and more information about Eastern Bloc cars than could ever prove useful.
Plus, I’ll get to hone my writing and reporting skills at one of the most influential automotive sites in the world. Sounds like quite the gig for a dopey kid from Cleveland.
Gizmodo Media Group, Social Media
UNC Asheville ‘18
Cary, North Carolina
I’m Makeda Sandford, 23 years old from North Carolina and I’m so excited for the opportunity to join Fusion Media Group this summer! I studied journalism and African studies in school, and I am a photographer and creative writer on the side, not to mention a twitter-obsessed millennial. I was inspired to apply to the internship because I’m a big fan of the many outlets — I’m a big fan of witty, intelligent news moving at the same pace that our culture is. I’m most excited to gain real life knowledge about the industry and put my creativity to the test.
Howard University ‘18
Montana Couser was born and raised in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, PA. She is a recent graduate of Howard University and majored in journalism with a minor in political science. What inspired her to apply for the position was the valuable experience she knew she would gain by writing captivating stories on people of color. Montana is looking forward to being surrounded by a diverse group of intelligent journalist and strengthening her skills as a journalist, in hopes to become a beauty editor.
Paola A. Rosa-Aquino
Boston University ‘18
Hatillo, Puerto Rico
I grew up in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, and graduated from Cornell University with degrees in Astronomy and Science & Technology Studies. There, I volunteered at both a local science museum and the Carl Sagan Institute on campus, as well as assisted in production at Cornell Radio. I have since lived in Boston as the science intern at Northern Light Productions, a documentary and museum media production studio. These experiences have led to an insatiable curiosity; the bulk of my sentences start with “Did you know…”. I recognized an internship at Gizmodo Media Group and the newly-launched Earther as an exciting opportunity to improve my science reporting skills in an innovative environment. I am looking forward to covering the environment and the most pressing problems that face it (and us) as an intern at Earther.
Gizmodo Media Group, Podcasts
I’m a writer, producer, and political junkie from Melbourne, Australia, about to graduate from NYU with a master’s degree in Cultural Reporting and Criticism. My interests include politics (Australian and U.S.), dogs (all), essay collections, books by and about Hillary Clinton, board games, female-centric comedy, defending trashy pop culture, and making Australian references you probably won’t understand. I’m almost embarrassingly competitive—I once got a tattoo for points in a scavenger hunt (it’s a spoon).
I have spent the last few months as Brow Beat assistant at Slate, where I wrote daily blog posts for the culture section, as well as contributing to pretty much every other section I could. I also produce BUST Magazine’s feminist, pop culture podcast, “Poptarts,” which I started while interning at BUST back in 2016.
I’m a huge fan of all of Gizmodo Media Group’s verticals—it was each site’s consistent level of sharpness and wit that inspired me to apply. As the podcasting intern, I’m looking forward to meeting and working with people from a range of different verticals, as well as getting to work within a wide range of topics.
Sheena Raza Faisal
Brown University ‘18
I’m a recent graduate from Brown University, where I studied media/film studies. I spent my last semester here writing and directing a short film, which was incredibly exciting! I discovered my love for digital media storytelling while interning at BuzzFeed last summer (and working on Tasty videos actually made me a better cook!). I’m especially passionate about multimedia storytelling, pop-cultural analysis, and intersectional feminism. My other interests include Bollywood movies and large fluffy dogs. I’m really excited to be in New York; I’m hoping to attend a film festival or two, take a poetry-writing workshop, and eat ungodly amounts of halal cart.