The Washington Post has launched an Academic Year Internship Program which, says The Post, is “an immersive experience created to develop the next generation of journalists.” Partnering with Howard University’s Cathy Hughes School of Communications and the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, two students from each school will join The Post for the 2021 Fall semester.

Howard University seniors Donovan Thomas and Hadiya Presswood (pictured above) will report and edit on the Metro and Multiplatform Editing staffs, respectively. Thomas is the editor in chief of The Hilltop, Howard’s student newspaper. Last summer, he covered a number of important topics including the coronavirus and Black Lives Matter protests as an intern for The Charlotte Observer and The Washington Informer. Presswood, who will serve as an editor on the Multiplatform editing team, has written feature stories for The Charlotte Post and as a digital editorial intern at the Food Network.

University of Maryland rising senior Sahana Jayaraman will join the Data team and graduate student Vanessa Sanchez will work on the Metro staff. Jayaraman is the deputy managing editor for The Diamondback where she’s written features and news stories. Sanchez has previously covered immigrant communities as a freelancer for various news organizations including The Baltimore Brew, El Tiempo Latino and La Voz Unida. Both students are working for the UMD Howard Center for Investigative Journalism this summer.

Building on the success of The Post’s Summer Internship Program, the Fall interns will also work for 10 weeks with award-winning journalists across the newsroom in a rigorous, 24-hour news environment, which will incorporate mentoring and training.

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