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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.

2013

Frederick Bernas, 2013 Cronkite winner, is doing his OPC Foundation internship in the AP bureau in Buenos Aires.

Justine Drennan, 2013 Swinton winner, is headed to her OPC Foundation internship in the AP bureau in Bangkok.

Tom Finn, 2013 Stevenson winner, is in Cairo for his OPC Foundation internship in the Reuters bureau. Here is his first Reuters story. 

Valerie Hopkins, 2013 Flint winner, is currently in the Reuters bureau in Belgrade doing her OPC Foundation internship.  Here is one of her first stories.

Stephen Kalin, 2013 Rowan winner, will be in Cairo for his OPC Foundation reporting assignment with GlobalPost in Cairo.

Jacob Kushner, 2013 Bienstock winner, will head to Nairobi in the fall for his OPC Foundation internship in the AP bureau. 

Anders Melin,  2013 Reuters winner, spent the summer completing his OPC Foundation internship in the Reuters bureau in Brussels.  Herehere and here are some of his clips.

Xiaoqing Pi, 2013 S&P winner, has an OPC Foundation internship in the Beijing Reuters bureau. 

2012 

Beibei Bao, 2012 Roy Rowan winner, spent the summer as an OPC Foundation intern in the Reuters bureau in Shanghai. Among economic news and other subjects, she covered the the Chinese Olympic delegation. She worked with an editor in Australia and wrote some longer profiles, including breaking an age-faking scandal of a female boxer. Here is a website listing her Reuters bylines  http://angelabaobeibeiclips.tumblr.com/ 

Lauren E. Bohn spent her 2012 H.L. Stevenson Internship in the AP bureau in Jerusalem. 

Jia Feng, 2012 Theo Wilson Scholarship winner, has an OPC Foundation internship in Reuters’ Beijing bureau where she is covering energy news. 

Elisa Mala spent her 2012 Flora Lewis Internship in the AP bureau in Bangkok. See her bylined workhere.

Max Seddon
 has a 2012 Stan Swinton Internship in the AP bureau in Moscow. Here is a piece he did for AP in Moscow. 

Rachel Will spent the summer at Reuters bureau in Kuala Lumpur for the 2012 Jerry Flint Internship for International Business Reporting.

Lauren Zumbach, the 2012 Alexander Kendrick Internship winner, spent the summer as an OPC Foundation intern in the Mumbai bureau of Forbes Asia. Lauren was the first OPC Foundation intern with Forbes.

2011

Alexander Besant
, 2011 winner of the Alexander Kendrick, had an OPC Foundation internship in the AP bureau in Cairo. 

Kim Chakanetsa, 2011 Stan Swinton winner, was at the AP bureau in Johannesburg as an OPC Foundation intern. While there, she filed numerous stories that varied from a piece on a three year old who was badly burnt during a freak barbeque accident and had to receive cloned skin to a piece on a police 'death-squad'.  As well as filing print stories, she also produced pieces for APTV and spent time with the photo department.

Jialu Chen, 2011 Reuters Scholarship winner,  spent her OPC Foundation internship at the Reuters bureau in Taipei.

Mark Oltmanns, 2011 Flora Lewis winner, spent a summer as an OPC Foundation intern in the AP bureau in Bangkok.

Sisi Tang is the 2011 Schweisberg winner.  After her OPC Foundation internship in a Reuters in Hong Kong ended, she stayed on as a reporter.

2010

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.

2009

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.

Michael Miller, who is in a joint master's degree program in journalism and Latin American studies at NYU, interned in the Mexico City bureau of the Associated Press.  He is now back in Mexico City, stringing for AP, Globalpost.com, among others.

Stephen Nessen, a student at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, is the first OPC Fellow to intern for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong in the summer of 2010.

Maria Repnikova, a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, interned in the video unit in the Reuters bureau in Beijing.  She is now at Oxford to completing her PhD.  She continues to freelance on stories about Russia and China.

Michelle Theriault, a master's candidate in the journalism program at the University of Oregon, interned in the Associated Press bureau in Johannesburg, South Africa.  She is now stringing for AP in Anchorage.

2008

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.

Devon Haynie, a graduate of the master's program at the Columbia University School of Journalism, interned in the Associated Press bureau in Johannesburg, South Africa.  She is now a reporter at the Fort Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette.

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:
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D91QOMAG0.htm
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=223421
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-07-11-154810184_x.htm
He is now a reporter in London for the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal.

Rollo Romig, graduated from the master's program at New York University and spent an internship in Phnom Penh at the Cambodia Daily.

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.

2007

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.

Ben Hubbard, a former graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley, spent three months in the AP Jerusalem bureau.  He returned to the bureau as a reporter after graduation.

Katie Paul, Class of 2007, Vassar College.  She interned in the Reuters bureau in Buenos Aires for three months and stayed on to cover Argentina’s presidential election.   She is now a reporter at Newsweek.

 

 
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