Huntington, Ind.—Two Huntington University journalism students will spend their summer learning more about their craft, thanks to a prestigious journalism internship.
Sarah Lang and Sarah Goddard, both journalism majors, recently received word that they both were chosen for the Eugene S. Pulliam Internship.
The Hoosier State Press Association administers the Eugene S. Pulliam Internship Program, named after the son of Central Newspapers founder Eugene C. Pulliam. Eugene S. Pulliam was the former publisher of the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis News.
Lang and Goddard received the news of earning the internship on the same day.
“It was after my capstone class, which I also have with Sarah Goddard, that I came back to my room and got the message,” said Lang, a junior from Findlay, Ohio, and assistant editor of the Huntingtonian, the university’s student newspaper. “She did the same thing, went back to her room and got the message. I definitely screamed and jumped around my room a little in excitement.”
Lang will intern at the Huntington Herald-Press this summer where she currently serves as a correspondent.
To apply for the internship, the students filled out an application from the Hoosier State Press Association, submitted a letter of reference, three samples of articles that they had published, and also a statement saying why they wanted to become Pulliam interns.
Newspapers in need of interns apply and the Hoosier State Press Association then matches the students geographically to the chosen newspapers. The Pulliam Internship only takes an average of 10 interns a year. At this point, Huntington is the only school to have more than one intern in the program.
Goddard, who serves as the Huntingtonian editor-in-chief, will work at the Reporter-Times in Martinsville, Ind. This summer she is hoping to use this as a new kind of learning experience.
“I am just hoping to soak it all in,” said Goddard a junior from Spencer, Ind. “I have been a student journalist for almost seven years, and I’m really excited to learn what journalism looks like in the professional world.”