Internships & Scholarships
Since 1990, AWSM has placed more 200 female college students interested in sports media careers (sports writing, broadcast production, social media and media relations) in paid summer internships. Each winner receives a $1,000 scholarship, complimentary registration and lodging at AWSM’s annual conference and a complimentary one-year membership to the organization.
The application period for summer 2023 has closed. The winners will be announced this spring. Contact the AWSM internship/scholarship team or the AWSM board if you have any questions about the program.
ESPN & Sporting News will return as host employers for the 2023 internship/scholarship class. The News & Observer also returns for the first time since 2009. We welcome first time host employers The Charlotte Observer and Perfect Game USA to our internship lineup. More host employers will be announced soon.
Candice Hatch is a junior at East Tennessee State University, where she is double majoring in media and communication and sports management while also minoring in business. She works for the ETSU athletic department as a football media intern and a football manager. This summer, she will be interning with the Sporting News as the recipient of the Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship.
Claire Kuwana is a senior at Northwestern University studying science, journalism and economics as part of her double major. She became a student member of AWSM in 2020 and is the co-president of the AWSM at Northwestern chapter and was a member of the 2021 SJI class. Kuwana has been selected as Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship recipient and will intern at the Dallas Morning News.
Mallory Schnell is a senior at Arizona State University, where she majors in sports journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is originally from South Florida, where she most recently served as an intern for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. She currently works as a PR/media relations intern for the Arizona Coyotes as well as producer/social media coordinator for PHNX Sports. Schnell will be interning with NCAA Digital at Turner Sports as the Founders Scholarship winner.
Amna Subhan is a senior at Arizona State University studying sports journalism and is currently interning with NCAA Digital as an editorial intern. In 2021 she was selected to intern with Southern California News Group as a SJI recipient, including work for L.A. Daily News and Orange County Register. In the past three years, she has also contributed to the Arizona Republic, Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. This summer, she has been selected to the receive the Jim Brennan Scholarship and will be interning with Sports Illustrated.
Payton Titus is a junior at the University of Florida specializing in sports and media and minoring in women's studies. She has previously worked at the Tampa Bay Times, the Independent Florida Alligator and WUFT News. She will be interning at Yahoo Sports through AWSM's partnership with the Sports Journalism Institute as a part of their 2022 class. She is a member of the AWSM Florida student chapter and this year's recipient of the Betty Brennan Scholarship.
Emma Trainor is a junior at Oklahoma State University studying sports management and marketing communications. She has spent three years as a communications intern with the athletic department at Oklahoma State, including now serving as the Equestrian sports information director. She has also been a media relations team member for both the Big 12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference. Trainor will be spending her summer in Oklahoma City with USA Softball as the Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship winner.
DonA Traylor-Askew is junior at the University of Georgia. She was one of 11 students to be named as a 2022 McGill Fellow by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has spent the past two years as a reporter and producer for Grady Sportsource for both their studio shows and live broadcasts. This summer she has been selected as the recipient of the Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship and will be interning in Los Angeles at ESPN.
AWSM thanks our generous donors for their continued support and the Sports Journalism Institute for their ongoing partnership. This program would not be possible without their backing. The application period opens each fall.