Summer is no Vacation for Journalism Students at UW-Eau Claire

The corridors of Hibbard Hall are pretty quiet in July. Most faculty members are off campus–teaching online, conducting research, and preparing fall classes. The summer orientation rush is over, which means all of our new students are registered for fall semester. Although some students wander through on their way to face-to-face classes, more and more students are opting for online coursework during the summer.

But as quiet as it may be in Hibbard Hall, UW-Eau Claire journalism students are busy, busy, busy this summer applying what they’ve learned in the classroom. Here are just a few examples of the great things our student journalists (and recent alumni) are doing:

Awesome Internships:

Dow Jones News Fund: Katie Bast, a 2014 graduate is spending her summer at the Sacramento Bee as one of only 85 students across the country to be named Dow Jones News Fund Interns. This is the second time in the last three years that a UW-Eau Claire journalism student has received this highly competitive internship. For addditional information from the UW-Eau Claire News Bureau see:


Katie Bast (Communication and Journalism, 2014) visits the newsroom at the Austin American Statesmen in preparation for her summer internship with the Sacramento Bee through the Dow Jones News Fund. (Photo courtesy of Bradley Wilson).

Green Bay Press-Gazette: In addition to spending three weeks at the Washington Post this winter, Devroy fellow and 2014 graduate Rachel Minske is completing a summer internship at the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Check out her introductory column:

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram: As I am reminded every day when I read the paper, a number of our students are also interning with the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram this summer. I love to see the work of Elizabeth Jackson, Courtney Kueppers, and Breane Lyga in print (or in my case, on my screens)! Keep your eyes open for their bylines at

Eye-Opening International Experiences:

Dr. Mike Dorsher and several journalism students leave this week for a month-long reporting and writing adventure in Nice, France. They’ll be exploring beaches and castles, but more importantly learning to identify interesting and important international stories and report them in a variety of formats. For more about the program:

One of our biggest goals in the Department of Communication and Journalism at UW-Eau Claire is to make sure that students practice their professional skills and apply their professional knowledge in the field at the same time as they learn about them in the classroom. Summer is great chance for students to continue doing and learning journalism.

If you’d like to host a UWEC CJ student intern in journalism, public relations, advertising, organizational communication or communication studies, post a comment here, or email Mary Hoffman at




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