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PR student wins Dow Jones News Fund internship

May 3, 2020

Posted in: News

By Jeff South, Associate Professor

Wessam Hazaymeh (photo by Christine Bartruff)

Wessam Hazaymeh, a public relations major in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture, has received a prestigious summer internship from the Dow Jones News Fund, the DJNF announced Friday. Hazaymeh was among 78 undergraduate and graduate students nationwide -- and just three from Virginia -- selected for the honor by the News Fund.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DJNF interns will serve their internships remotely. The organization said it will announce the interns' assignments soon.

Hazaymeh will be part of the News Fund's Digital Media Program. Before starting her internship, she will receive online training in video, photography, social media, data visualization and web design by a team at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Hazaymeh is a photographer who has been published by The Commonwealth Times, the independent student newspaper at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity,” Hazaymeh said. “The classes and professors at the Robertson School have prepared me to bring my absolute best to this internship. I’m also grateful for the commitment of the Dow Jones News Fund to continue with the program remotely during COVID-19.”

The DJNF also offers summer internships in data journalism, business reporting and multiplatform editing. Since 2013, six VCU students have received internships from the News Fund -- more than any other school in Virginia. During the summer of 2019, Georgia Geen was an editing intern at The Roanoke Times, and Bryauna Kralik was a digital media intern at The Palm Beach Post. Geen and Kralik are graduating seniors.

Hazaymeh is a VCU rising junior on track for early graduation in 2021. She graduated in 2018 from Prince George County High School, where she participated in Royals Media, the school’s multimedia news and information program. Amir Vera, a 2014 Robertson School graduate who was awarded a DJNF internship while at VCU and now writes for CNN, also had graduated from Prince George County High School. 

Students interested in applying for a DJNF internship for the summer of 2021 should contact instructor Alix Bryan. The application deadline is expected to be in early November. Bryan will proctor an editing test that is part of the application process. She also will hold a training and information session in October. The Robertson School has resources to help students prepare for the test and assemble their applications.