CSU, Chico News

Student Journalist Wins Prestigious Summer Internship

Date: 03-01-2016

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico journalism major Gabriel Sandoval will work full time this summer for the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, D.C.

Sandoval will start in the prestigious paid internship May 31 and stay until the beginning of CSU, Chico’s fall 2016 semester.

Sandoval, who is also working on an economics minor, is currently a staff member of The Orion, CSU, Chico’s student newspaper. He transferred to CSU, Chico from Southwestern College in Chula Vista and plans to graduate in fall 2017.

Founded in 1966, the Chronicle of Higher Education has a print readership of 215,000 and more than 12.8 million website visits per month. The paper has a staff of more than 70 writers, editors and international correspondents.

In January 2016, a selection committee at the Chronicle selected 15-20 candidates from among the applications for the summer internship. Those candidates were given a writing test, and from that group a small number of finalists were chosen and interviewed. Sandoval was notified at the end of the month that he had been selected.

“Gabriel is an outstanding, hard-working student,” said Susan Wiesinger, chair of CSU, Chico’s Department of Journalism and Public Relations. “He is the latest in a long line of journalism students who have received impressive internships.”

In fact, Sandoval said he called CSU, Chico journalism alumnus Ben Mullin prior to his Chronicle interview and asked him for some tips. Mullin, now managing editor of Poynter.org at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, received a California Newspaper Publishers Association internship to work at the Sacramento Bee while he was a CSU, Chico student. He later was awarded Google Journalism and Naughton Fellowships.