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Internships & Scholarships

Since 1990, AWSM has placed nearly 200 female college students interested in sports media careers in paid summer internships. Each winner also 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 2019 is now closed. Winners will be notified by the end of November. Contact awsminternship@gmail.com for questions about the 2020 program.

special thanks

Host employers

CNN/Turner Sports, ESPN, MLB.com, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, USA Softball and USA Today Sports return as host employers for the 2019 internship/scholarship class. AWSM also welcomes the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, a first-time host employer, in 2019.

2018 AWSM Scholars

Paige Bird
Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne
Golf Channel
Betty Brennan Scholarship

Bird is a junior majoring in communication at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). A Makanda, Ill., native, she is a member of the women’s golf team and involved with the Student Athlete Leadership Team and IPFW student media. Bird also produces social content for IPFW’s athletic channels. She has interned with WSIL-TV in Carbondale, Ill. Bird was placed at Golf Channel in Orlando, and will receive the Betty Brennan Scholarship.

Rachel Brittain
University of North Carolina
Fox Sports
Founders Scholarship

Brittain is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. A native of Fayetteville, N.C., she anchors a daily Facebook Live broadcast, “Carolina Now,” and is a student assistant with UNC’s athletic communications department. She has interned with USA Baseball, CBS North Carolina in Raleigh and Olympic News Service in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brittain was placed at Fox Sports in Los Angeles, and will receive the Founders Scholarship.

Amanda Christovich
Georgetown University
USA Today
Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship

Christovich is a junior majoring in English at Georgetown University. A Los Angeles native, she is a sports columnist at the student newspaper and marketing intern for Georgetown Athletics. She has interned with Fox Sports West and WYES-TV in New Orleans. Christovich also recently completed a semester studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. She was placed at USA Today in McLean, Va., and will receive the Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship.

Madeline Heaps
University of California
USA Softball
Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship

Heaps is a senior double-majoring in media studies and political science at the University of California-Berkeley. An Alameda, Calif., native, she has worked with Cal’s athletic communications department since her freshman year. This fall, she served as the primary media contact for the cross country programs and was recognized at the Michigan Sports Business Conference for outstanding student leadership. She was placed at USA Softball in Oklahoma City, and will receive the Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship.

Isabel Miller
University of Texas
CNN
Jim Brennan Scholarship

Miller is a junior majoring in communication studies at the University of Texas-Austin. A native of Short Hills, N.J., she is a production assistant/host at Texas Student Television and has written for the student newspaper. She has interned at MLB Network and Cloud (8) Sixteen. Recently named a university scholar, she has earned dean’s honors every semester at UT. She will spend the spring semester studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Miller was placed at CNN in Atlanta, and will receive the Jim Brennan Scholarship.

Julia Poe
University of Southern California
Sports Illustrated
Betty Jolly Scholarship

Poe is a junior majoring in journalism at the University of Southern California. A Kansas City, Mo., native, she is sports editor of the student newspaper and has received multiple collegiate journalism awards for feature writing and editing. She has interned at the Philadelphia Inquirer and USA Today Network-Wisconsin. Poe – who said her dream job is to work for Sports Illustrated – was placed at Sports Illustrated in New York, and will receive the Betty Jolly Scholarship.

Blake Richardson
University of North Carolina
MLB.com
Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship

Richardson is a senior double-majoring in journalism and psychology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. A native of Arlington, Va., she is an intern at The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and a senior writer at The Daily Tar Heel. She has interned for WJLA-TV and NBC Washington, both in Washington, D.C. Richardson also works in a UNC lab that researches eating disorders. She was placed at MLB.com in a city to be named later, and will receive the Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship.

Anne Rogers
University of Missouri
MLB.com

Rogers is a junior majoring double-majoring in journalism and psychology at the University of Missouri. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, she covers MU football for the Columbia Missourian and is president of the Mizzou Running Club. Rogers also serves as digital coordinator for the AWSM student chapter at Missouri. She has interned for the Des Moines Menace soccer team. Rogers was placed at MLB.com in a city to be named later, and will receive the Sophie Scholarship.

Melissa Rule
Syracuse University
ESPN
Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship

Rule is a junior majoring in journalism at Syracuse University. A San Rafael, Calif., native, she is a features and live show producer for ACC Network, where she also curates social media. She also works as a media assistant with Syracuse Athletics, assists with production at CitrusTV and will spend the spring semester studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Rule has interned at the San Francisco Examiner. She was placed at ESPN in Bristol, Conn., and will receive the Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship.

scholarships

AWSM thanks our generous program donors as well as the Sports Journalism Institute, which hosts one AWSM Scholar at its summer workshop. The application period opens each year on September 1.

Betty Brennan Scholarship
Endowed by
Christine Brennan
Jim Brennan Scholarship
Endowed by
Christine Brennan
Founders Scholarship
Endowed by
Martin Doerfler & Kristin Huckshorn
Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship
Endowed by
Myra MacPherson
Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship
Endowed by
JIm Jenks & Jorge Rojas
Betty Jolly Scholarship
Endowed by
Tom Jolly
Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship
Endowed by
APSE
Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship
Endowed by
Jim Jenks

AWSM Interns

2018

Paige Bird (Indiana-Purdue Ft. Wayne)
Golf Channel
Rachel Brittain (North Carolina)
Fox Sports
Amanda Christovich (Georgetown)
USA Today
Madeline Heaps (California)
USA Softball
Isabel Miller (Texas)
CNN
Julia Poe (USC)
Sports Illustrated
Blake Richardson (North Carolina)
MLB.com
Anne Rogers (Missouri)
MLB.com
Melissa Rule (Syracuse)
ESPN

2017

Kaitlin Alexander (Florida)
CNN
Amanda Capritto (LSU)
PRO Sports Communications
Courtney Day (Drake)
USA Softball
Erin Dolan (Penn State)
ESPN
Katherine Fitzgerald (ASU)
USA Today
Alaina Getzenberg (Cal-Berkeley)
MLB.com
Eden Lasse (Gonzaga)
Sports Illustrated
Victoria Rutigliano (Quinnipiac)
Golf Channel

2016

Hannah Burton (Maryland)
CNN
Callie Caplan (Maryland)
USA Today
Madeline Lee (Northwestern)
MLB.com
Chloe Pavlech (Maryland))
MLB Network
Emily Roth (Missouri)
ESPN
Shannon Scovel (American)
Sports Illustrated
Hanna Sprague (Michigan State)
PRO Sports Communications
Terrin Waack (Alabama)
Sporting News

2015

Kristen Gowdy (Ithaca)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Elpin Keshishzadeh (San Diego St.)
PRO Sports Communications
Beth Maiman (Oregon)
MLB.com
Ashley Scoby (Kentucky)
Sports Illustrated
Sarah Scrivens (Oregon)
CNN
Alex Tekip (Michigan State)
ESPN

2014

Nicole Comparato (North Carolina)
CNN
Erin Flynn (Richmond)
Sports Illustrated
Kelli Grashel (Oklahoma State)
USA Softball
Brooke Healey (Emory)
ESPN
Kaylyn Kahler (Northwestern)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Grace Raynor (North Carolina)
MLB.com
Alexandra Valdez (Montana)
Denver Post

2013

Sarah Barshop (Marquette)
ESPN
Kelly Erickson (Wisconsin)
MLB.com
Maria Guardado (Yale)
Sports Illustrated
Brooke Pryor (North Carolina)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Caitlin Swieca (Missouri)
Denver Post
Megan Stewart (Arizona State)
Scholarship winner only

2012

Kimmie Bunyasaranand (Penn)
Sports Illustrated
Paige Curtis (Virginia)
USA Swimming
Ros Dumalo (Illinois)
Denver Post
Chelsea Janes (Yale)
MLB.com
Kelly Parsons (North Carolina)
Washington Times
Tori Petry (Florida)
ESPN

2011

Emily Bayci (Illinois)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Christina DeNicola (Miami-FL)
MLB.com
Jamie Erdahl (American)
ESPN
Sarah Kuta (Northwestern)
Denver Post
Joan Niesen (Missouri)
Sports Illustrated
Audrey Snyder (Penn State)
MLB.com

2010

Mary Albl (Boise State)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Amanda Anderson (Maryland)
ESPN
Abbey Doran (North Carolina)
USA Track & Field
Marlowe Hereford (Marshall)
Salt Lake Tribune
Laken Litman (Texas)
Sports Illustrated
Gina Mizell (Arizona State)
MLB.com
Jocelyn Syrstad (Penn State)
MLB.com

2009

Lauren Blackwell (Oklahoma State)
ESPN
Amy Brittain (LSU)
MLB.com
Anne Larimer Hart (Virginia)
Sports Illustrated
Cecile Nguyen (Santa Clara)
USA Track & Field
Rachel Ullrich (North Carolina)
Raleigh News & Observer

2008

Lana Altman (NYU)
ESPN
Christine Amorose (Cal State Chico)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Lauren Bernheim (Ohio)
Sports Illustrated
Britt Braudo (Emerson)
Detroit News
Amber Kuehn Kremple (Montana)
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Sam Newman (North Carolina)
MLB.com
April Prior (Ohio)
MLB.com
Elizabeth Rauf (Montana)
Miami Herald
Gabriella Remington (North Carolina)
MLB.com

2007

Janiece Gatson (Kansas)
St. Petersburg Times
Jen Iso (Pepperdine)
ESPN
Lauren Kobylarz (Duke)
MLB.com
Elizabeth McCue (Texas)
Sports Illustrated
Krysten Powers (LSU)
Detroit News
Chelsea Thornton (Cal State Chico)
Salt Lake Tribune
Jenny Vrentas (Columbia)
Newark Star-Ledger
Kelcey Zutavern (Doane)
USA Track & Field

2006

DaShawn Brown (North Carolina)
ESPN
Briana Gorman (North Carolina)
Detroit News
Lisa Kennelly (Harvard)
Newark Star-Ledger
Jill McCormick (Colorado State)
USA Track & Field
Rebecca Plevin (Northwestern)
Sports Illustrated
Becky Regan (Cal State Chico)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Allison Tiberia (South Florida)
St. Petersburg Times

2005

Tania Ganguli (Northwestern)
Sports Illustrated
Jamie Hancock (North Carolina)
Detroit News
Erin Kendrick (Maryland)
Newark Star-Ledger
Dawn Klemish (Michigan State)
St. Petersburg Times
MEgan Kolodgy (Michigan)
Cleveland Plain Dealer

2004

Stacy Bauman (Wisconsin)
Arizona Republic
Rosanna Chea (UCLA)
St. Petersburg Times
Maureen Fulton (Missouri)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Brenda Lee (Harvard)
Sports Illustrated
Larra Overton (Indiana)
ESPN
Sarah Rothschild (Northwestern)
Newark Star-Ledger

2003

Andrea Cohen (Northwestern)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Kellie Dixon (North Carolina)
Arizona Republic
Tara Hernandez (Michigan State)
ESPN
Jessica Garrison (Virginia)
Sports Illustrated
Julia Wood (Georgetown)
St. Petersburg Times

2002

Lindsay Augustyn (Nebraska)
St. Petersburg Times
Emily Badger (Northwestern)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Abby Bultmeier (Purdue)
US Olympic Committee
Janny Hu (Cal-Berkeley)
Dallas Morning News
Jill Inkrott (Miami-OH)
Sports Illustrated
Krista Jahnke (Michigan State)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Nicole Ling (Northern Kentucky)
Nike
Kelly Lusk (North Carolina)
ESPN

2001

Rachel Carter Beard (North Carolina)
Newsday
Alexandra Berwitz (Syracuse)
Nike
Robyn Disney (South Florida)
St. Petersburg Times
Sarah Henning (Kansas)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Jessica Hopp (Missouri)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Kathleen O'Brien (Notre Dame)
Dallas Morning News
Melissa Segura (Santa Clara)
Sports Illustrated
Lauryn Taubman (Syracuse)
ESPN
LaKesha Whitaker (Memphis)
US Olympic Committee

2000

Stacy Covitz (Missouri)
ESPN
Megan Decicco (Cal State Chico)
Scholarship only
Carmen Drumgoole (Louisiana Tech)
Scholarship only
Carrie Garzich (Kent State)
Cincinnati Enquirer
Leslie Horna (Florida)
US Olympic Committee
Traci Johnson (Troy State)
St. Petersburg Times
Megan Manfull Ortiz (Iowa)
Newsday
Kristen Porter (Illinois)
Sports Illustrated
Dawn Reiss (Indiana)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Aimee Santos (San Jose State)
NHL
Andrea Woo (Northwestern)
Sports Illustrated

1999

Rachel Cohen (Duke)
Gannett
Jamie Meerpohl (Florida State)
WFNZ (Charlotte)
Kerry Murray (Cal State Fullerton)
Sports Illustrated
Hillary Smith (Michigan State)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jennifer Starks (Fresno State)
St. Petersburg Times
Carla Swinehart (Wisconsin)
Nike
Michelle Tuckner (Kansas)
ESPN

1998

Courtney Crowley (James Madison)
Gannett
Danielle Rumore Lundquist (Michigan)
Detroit Free Press
Laura Nemec (Wisconsin)
St. Petersburg Times
Elizabeth Newman (Colorado)
Sports Illustrated
Katie-Daryl Sotak (Arizona State)
Sports Fan Radio Network
Sarah Taylor (Indiana)
Nike

1997

Pam Greenfield (Ohio)
Minnesota Vikings
Jennifer Harter (Indiana)
Cincinnati Enquirer
Mary Ann Lawrence (E. Kentucky)
St. Petersburg Times
Robbi Pickeral (North Carolina)
Sports Illustrated
Shira Springer (Northern Kentucky)
Rochester Democrat-Chronicle

1996

Joanna Chadwick (Missouri)
Sports Illustrated
Sheri Drucker (Northwestern)
ESPN
Valerie Panou (Wisconsin)
St. Petersburg Times
Jodie Valade (Northwestern)
San Bernardino Sun
Ayanna Wakefield (Oklahoma)
Minnesota Vikings

1995

Erin Flynn (LaSalle)
ESPN
Beth Neefjes (North Carolina)
Sports Illustrated
Penny Rogers (North Carolina)
Minnesota Vikings

1994

Rachel Nichols (Northwestern)
Washington Post

1993

Josie Karp (Harvard)
Boston Globe

1992

Lori Nickel (Indiana)
Sports Illustrated
Liz Robbins (Cornell)
Washington Post

1991

Amy Shipley (Princeton)
Washington Post

1990

Vicki Friedman (George Washington)
Philadelphia Inquirer

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