The Association for Women in Sports Media is pleased to introduce its 2017 internship/scholarship program winners.
Since 1990, AWSM has awarded scholarships and placed nearly 160 female college students in paid sports media internships. The eight winners will be recognized at AWSM’s summer conference – scheduled for May 7-10 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa, just outside Austin, Texas.
AWSM thanks Sports Illustrated, MLB.com, USA Today Sports, ESPN, CNN and PRO Sports Communications – all returning as host employers for the 2017 internship/scholarship class. New to the employer lineup this year are Golf Channel and USA Softball, which last hosted an AWSM scholar in 2014.
The internship/scholarship program would not be possible without its supporters and partners. AWSM thanks Christine Brennan, Martin Doerfler, Kristin Huckshorn, Jim Jenks, Michelle Kaufman, Myra MacPherson, Associated Press Sports Editors and the Sports Journalism Institute for their continued assistance.
For more information on AWSM’s internship and scholarship program, including past winners and employers, click here.
Meet AWSM’s 2017 Internship/Scholarship winners
Kaitlin Alexander is a senior telecommunications/news major at the University of Florida. During the 2016-17 academic year, she is producing content for ESPN Gainesville 98.1 FM/850 AM, PBS affiliate WUFT-TV and GatorVision. Alexander, who studied abroad in Spain last summer, previously interned with WCJB-TV, an ABC affiliate in Gainesville, Fla. She is the first member of AWSM’s student chapter at UF selected as an internship/scholarship recipient.
PRO Sports Communications
Amanda Capritto is a senior at Louisiana State. She is working as a communications intern for the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education and is an assistant for communications and promotions at Red Stick CrossFit in Baton Rouge during this school year. Capritto also is a student ambassador for the LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, acting as a mentor and guide for incoming and prospective students.
Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship
Courtney Day is a junior public relations and marketing major at Drake University. She is working in the Drake Athletics communications office assisting all 15 athletic teams as well as the Drake Relays during the 2016-17 academic year. She previously interned with the Kansas City T-Bones, an independent minor-league baseball team. She also has worked with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and Drake Athletics’ marketing department.
Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship
Erin Dolan is a junior broadcast journalism major at Penn State. She is gaining experience through the Big Ten Network’s StudentU, goPSUsports.com, Penn State Sports Night and ComRadio, an online station operated by Penn State students during this school year. Dolan, who also has worked for SB Nation and as an ESPNU Campus Connection representative, became the first female winner of the Harry Kalas Award, a scholarship given by the Philadelphia Broadcasters Association, last year.
AWSM Board Scholarship
USA TODAY Sports
Katherine Fitzgerald just completed her graduate work at Arizona State after earning an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, where she double-majored in photojournalism and sports administration. At ASU, her stories ranged from covering a team of native Hungarians and refugees working to fight racism in Budapest to anthem protests by high school football players in Los Angeles. At UNC, she worked with the men’s lacrosse team and covered Olympic sports.
Jim Brennan Scholarship
Alaina Getzenberg is a senior media studies major at the University of California, Berkeley. She spent the fall semester as an intern in the Washington Redskins’ digital media department. Getzenberg previously interned with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and served as sports editor of The Daily Californian (student newspaper) where she covered a variety of sports, including football and men’s basketball.
Mary Garber APSE Scholarship
Sports Illustrated/Sports Journalism Institute
Eden Laase is a senior journalism major at Gonzaga University where she serves as editor-in-chief of the student paper, The Bulletin. She previously served as sports editor of The Bulletin, focusing on basketball and soccer coverage. She has worked as an intern for three summers at the Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel, her hometown newspaper, and at the Colorado Springs Gazette. Laase will attend the Sports Journalism Institute’s training workshop in Missouri before her AWSM internship.
Betty Brennan Scholarship
Victoria Rutigliano is a junior journalism major at Quinnipiac University. She has covered the men’s ice hockey team for three years and, last year, served as executive producer of Quinnipiac’s student-run television show – Sports Paws – which was recognized by the College Media Association as the best TV sportscast. Rutigliano is spending the spring semester as an intern for Fox Sports West in Los Angeles.