Internships & Scholarships
Since 1990, AWSM has placed almost 150 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.
Prospective AWSM Scholars may apply for positions in the following categories: print/digital reporting, broadcast reporting, broadcast production and media relations. The application period opens September 1 and closes October 31. There is no application fee for AWSM student members. Nonmembers are welcome to apply for $40 – or join AWSM first and save!
CNN/Turner Sports, ESPN, MLB.com, Sports Illustrated, USA Softball and USA Today Sports return as host employers for the 2018 internship/scholarship class. New to the employer lineup for 2018 is Fox Sports. Employers for the 2019 class will be announced in the fall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.