As students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Union County Public Schools head back to class this week, I wanted to give a shout-out to our summer interns.
We had seven interns helping us, ranging from a couple that would work five-hour shifts to a couple that would pop in to get a task and some feedback.
If they are not going to write the news, these guys will make news:
• Yustin Riopko – Riopko, a communications major from Western Carolina University, received academic credit for his work here. The Butler High School graduate is the rising vice president of the university’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
• Charlotte Smith – Smith, of Lexington, didn’t really have a connection to the area, but she wanted an internship that allowed her to explore journalism through writing and editing. She majors in English literacy studies at UNC Wilmington with plans to base her research thesis on evolutionary psychology in literary naturalism.
• Riley McCrossan – McCrossan fittingly majors in international business and strategic communications at Elon University. She lived in London, California, Germany and Massachusetts before her family settled in Waxhaw. She graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program at Marvin Ridge High School.
• John Patrick – Patrick, a marketing major and political science minor from UNC Charlotte, writes for the school newspaper and started a satirical website at www.jrsjournal.com. He has contributed both news and opinion stories for our newspapers.
• Matthew Barnes – Barnes, of Charlotte, is out of school but wanted to learn more about journalism as he continues to build an audience for his podcast, NCLT. His podcast consists of interviews with unique people in the region, such as comic artist Al Bigley, energetic healer Morgan Hoffman and personal chef Cynthia Ferich.
• Jordan McLaughlin – McLaughlin, of Matthews, majors in film at the N.C. School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. He represented our newspapers at HeroesCon 2017 and the Vans Warped Tour. He’s also contributed to The Odyssey Online.
• Jo Henderson – Henderson is a homeschooled high school student that juggled the internship and a part-time job. She left us a little earlier than I hoped because her family had to move back to St. Louis. She did leave a mark on Charlotte though, contributing at least 125 hours of community service through church and other projects.
I had a lot of interest over the summer from high school students wanting to contribute, but they didn’t have transportation to get to our office. We were not equipped to handle remote internships, but we’ll try to work out roles for these eager students in time for the spring semester.
Need an internship?
Charlotte Media Group is offering internships this fall for students interested in writing, editing, photography, social media or marketing. We accept students in need of academic credit through their universities or just looking to dip their toes in the icy waters of journalism or communications. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest.