In 2006, the OPC Foundation partnered with the Associated Press to offer the first OPC Foundation/AP internship. The 2006 Stan Swinton winner, Ayesha Akram of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, spent a month in the Bangkok bureau and was the ground and able to cover Thailand’s coup. In 2007, the OPC Foundation was able to partner with other media organizations to offer three internship programs for the summer of 2007. The OPC Foundation pays for the intern’s travel and living expenses for one month. Since 2008, the Foundation has sponsored five internships a year.
Leah Finnegan will intern in the Cairo burea of the Associated Press. She is currently enrolled at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Artis Henderson, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, will return to West Africa to intern for the Associated Press in its Dakar, Senegal bureau.
James Matthews, a graduate student in new media at New York University, will intern in the Reuters burea in Sao Paulo.
Jeff Roberts, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, won an internship in the Reuters bureau in Paris.
Caroline Stauffer will intern in the Reuters bureau in Mexico City. She is a graduate student at the Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs.
Simon Akam, a British Fulbright Scholar at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, has won an internship in the Reuters bureau in Istanbul. Working as an intern at the New York Times in the summer of 2009, he had two front page bylined stories.
Mariano Castillo, who is pursuing a degree in international affairs at Columbia University, traveled to Mexico City to work in the Reuters bureau. He is now an assignment editor at CNN in Atlanta.
Paul Sonne, received a master's in philosophy in Russian history as a Marshall scholar at the University of Oxford. He worked in the Associated Press bureau in Moscow in the summer of 2008 and returned to work there for semester break. Here are some of his stories:
Ben Weller,graduated from the Indiana University with a master's degree in journalism. He spent the summer of 2008 in Reuters bureau in Seoul, South Korea. He is teaching photojournalism in Indiana and planning his next trip overseas. Click here for samples of his work for Reuters.
Jeremy Gantz, graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. He traveled to Phnom Penh to work for Cambodia Daily. Click here to learn more about his experiences. He is now the full-time Web editor of In These Times, a magazine published in Chicago that reports on workers’ rights and labor issues, both domestic and international.
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