D.C., is among the top five U.S.
for college-student internships. It also is among the top five
most-expensive U.S. cities. Which means students may return to school in the
fall impoverished by a summer internship in the Nation’s Capital.
the Jake Williams Scholarship. It was established by the former president of
the IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists – and a former
summer intern in D.C. – to help Journalism and Public Relations Department majors defray the costs of
living in Washington as a summer intern.
first winner of a Williams award is Andrea K. Mowers, an IUP Journalism and
Public Relations Department major and SPJ member who recently accepted a Washington Center internship in Washington D.C. Her employer is
the Lean Construction
Institute, a construction-industry non-profit based in Arlington, Va., across
the Potomac River from Washington.
Mowers said SPJ support
will help her achieve her career goals.
“I hope to complete my
internship with the feeling that I have improved my writing and communication
skills,” Mowers said. “My ultimate goal is for this to be a networking
opportunity and a stepping stone into a career in either journalism or public
Williams said the award
was designed for students such as Mowers.
“Internships allow students to jump
start their professional careers, but they're often unpaid, or at most,
underpaid,” he said in an April 11 email from Washington, D.C., where he works
full-time. “I'm proud of IUP SPJ for offering this opportunity to students who
have a passion for journalism and public relations. Subsidizing the cost of
interning in D.C. can limit the financial burden of living in one of the
country's most expensive cities for a semester. I look forward to meeting with
Andrea in Washington, D.C., and helping her and other IUP journalism and public
relations students acquire the resources to succeed in this field.”
IUP SPJ acting President
Ethan Brogan also congratulated Mowers.
exhibited behavior that illustrates what the Society of Professional
Journalists is looking for,” Brogan said. “She has definitely earned this
Caption: Andrea K. Mowers,
recipient of the IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Jake
Williams Scholarship Fund award for 2016.