ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

University of Illinois Department of Journalism Offers Paid Summer Internships for Students at ASMP

By September 21, 2020Strictly Business Blog

Interns for the American Society of Media Photographers meet on Zoom; three are University of Illinois journalism students who were awarded part-time remote internships by the Department of Journalism. (Top row: Chantal Vaca and Taylor Chism. Bottom row: Julie Kang and Samantha St. Leger.) Photo by Charles “Stretch” Ledford, associate professor of journalism, and ASMP ex officio board member.

Editor’s Note: ASMP would like to extend its gratitude to all four interns for their tremendous contributions to ASMP and its members during their summer internships providing key support for the promotion and production of the weekly ASMP Town Hall and Webinar Series. Fortunate for ASMP, two of these talented interns –  Julie Kang and Chantal Vaca – were available to remain, and have joined ASMP as part-time staff to continue in their editorial and production support roles. 

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[by Marissa Plescia]

In the aftermath of COVID-19, many students found themselves without summer internships or summer jobs. Some had internships that were canceled, while others were still searching for any available opportunities.

So when Mariah Guzman, a journalism master’s student, saw a list of internship opportunities sent out by Professor Stephanie Craft, head of the Department of Journalism, she was beyond excited. She ended up landing a position with Illini Inquirer.

“Illini Inquirer seemed like the perfect place for me to grow and improve my sports writing and reporting skills, and it has. I covered everything from Illinois Football, Baseball, Golf, and more,” Guzman said. “I improved my interview skills with respected coaches and athletes. I grew stronger in this field professionally. I still continue to write for Illini Inquirer and am only optimistic that I’ll improve in this field. I’m thankful that Illinois was able to provide opportunities like this for its students during this uncertain time.”

Twelve students were awarded part-time remote internships with American Society of Media Photographers, CU-CitizenAccess, Illini Inquirer, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, Uni High, and WILL.

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