SPJ Interns for 2008






Kelli Miua

University of Hawaii - Manoa

Honolulu Advertiser


Bali Fergusson

University of Hawaii - Manoa

Honolulu Star-Bulletin


Steven Tonthat

University of Hawaii - Manoa

Maui News




Michelle Broder van Dyke

Oberlin College

Honolulu magazine


Casey Chin

University of Hawaii - Manoa

Hawaii Business magazine


Joshua Duvauchelle

Trinity Western University

Island Scene magazine


Rachel Manuel

University of Hawaii - Manoa

Trade Publishing Co.




Bright Light Marketing Group


Paisly Bender

Scripps College

Alexander & Baldwin


Rachel Cabamongan

University of Hawaii - Manoa



Jessica Hamamoto

University of Hawaii - Manoa



Sarah Mendoza

University of Hawaii - Manoa



Alyssa Dizon

Texas Christian University



Erika Haslup

Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Public Radio

2007 SPJ-Hawaii Interns


Honolulu Advertiser
Celia Downes

Honolulu Star Bulletin
Brittany Yap

Maui News
Travis Kaya

Pacific Business News
Joshua Huff

Hawaii Business magazine
Matthew Ing

Honolulu magazine
Joshua Kapono Duvauchelle

Island Scene magazine
Leanne Ta

Trade Publishing
Matthew Tuohy

Alexander & Baldwin
Aria Castillo


Jessica Schiaretti

Ashley Monfort

Linda Siu

Camissa Hill

2006 interns are selected

Full Time

Honolulu Star-Bulletin – Venus Lee (University of Southern California)

The Maui News – Krista Walton (University of Southern California)

Pacific Business News – Linda Le Nga Chiem (University of Hawaii – Manoa)

Hawaii Business magazine – Kyle Galdeira (Hawaii Pacific University)

Honolulu magazine – Noelle Chun (Northwestern University)

Island Scene magazine – Taren Fujimoto (Northwestern University)

Trade Publishing Co. – Lauren Kawana (Bates College)

Alexander & Baldwin – Jeremy Moncur (Brigham Young University – Hawaii)

Bright Light Marketing Group – Alice Kim (University of Hawaii – Manoa)


Part Time

KGMB Channel 9 – Ashley Nagaoka (University of Arizona)

KHNL Channel 8 – Jackie Young

KITV Channel 4 – Linda Siu (University of Southern California)

Hawaii Public Radio – Paul Kolbe (University of Hawaii – Manoa)

2005 Summer Interns are selected

2005 SPJ Interns






14 interns are selected for 2004

Here are the 14 summer interns for 2004:

2003 Interns

Fourteen full- and part-time summer internships in journalism and public relations awarded for 2003 by the Society of Professional Journalists- Hawaii Chapter.

Full-time summer internships earning $3,250:

Part-time summer internships earning $1,750:


2002 Interns Selected



(SPJ's 2002 interns were given an opportunity to sound off about their experiences. Here are excerpts from their essays.)

Mkhael Keany, Honolulu magazhe When I arrived at the Honolulu magazine oftices, the editors expected me to be able to write publishable material. Before the first week of my internship was over I had written my first short piece, and right after I turned it in, (editor) John Heckathorn briskly rewrote it in proper magazine style. I guickly learned that magazine writing is a bit different from hard news reporting, but once I got that under my belt, things went smoothly.

I suppose I had a mental image of an intern as a down-trodden, coffee-making drudge. Not a reality, as it turned out. I didn't have to make coffee once. I felt like I was a real part of the team, and not just relegated to filing-type jobs.

Mary Vorsino, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

The city desk started me off pretty slow with news briefs and retyping press releases. For the first couple of days the extent of my information gathering was to call up press release contacts and double check times, dates, etc. After my first story was published, and after constantly letting the city editors know that 1 wanted a challenge, I got more and more interesting stories assigned to me.

I loved the daily action and newsroom feel. The atmosphere really taught me a lot about working at a fast pace

Jennifer Burke, Trade Publishing Co. I was assigned to two magazines, Hawaii Hospitaly, a hotel and restaurant industry magazine, and Building Industry, a construction industry magazine.

The scope of work and real-life journalistic experience gained at Trade Publishing far reached my expectations of a summer internship, and I would recommend it to any student interested in journalism. Fortunately, after the internship ended, I was offered a part-time editorial position, which I thankfully accepted.

Sam Suen, PacificNews.net

I think more important than any journalistic lesson I gained from this summer internship was the experience of working, interacting and dealing with people in the "real world" on a daily basis. Nothing compares to what you gain from actually working the every day grind in a daily internship. Even the most realistically simulated environment in college, at the school newspaper for example, pales in comparison.

Sacha Mendelsohn, Pacific Business News

On my first day at PBN I attended the regular Monday morning staff meeting. I was immediately given a couple of stories to work on. And I was treated like another reporter. The first week my assignment load was a bit less than the usual four stories per week that other reporters were doing.

By the time I left I was completing two to three stories each week. And I was able to cover part of another reporter's beat while she was on vacation.

With the guidance of my editor; Jim George, I was able to improve my ability to write an interesting and stronger lead. Initially my leads tended to be "term paperish." My leads did improve and I carry this into my work at Ka Leo.

Here are the full-time summer internships awarded or 2002:

Honolulu Star-Bulletin: Mary Vorsino, University of Hawaii

Honolulu magazine: Michael Keany, UH

Pacific Business News: Sacha Mendelsohn, UH

Trade Publishing Co.: Jennifer Burke, UH

KGMB Channel 9: Matthew Lum, UH

Part-time interships to:

KHON Channel 2 News: Serena Thomas, University of Hawaii

Pacific News.net: Sam Suen, New York University

2001 Interns Named

Fulltime internships (10 weeks, 40 hours per week)

Part-time internships (8 weeks, 24 hours per week)


Here are the SPJ interns for the year 2000

Here are the six interns who'll be working during their summer vacation for various media:

Here are the 1999 interns

1999 Summer interships have been awarded.

Each intern receives a stipend of $2,700 funded jointly by SPJ-Hawaii and the host organization for 10 weeks of work.

All interns are Hawaii residents who plan to pursue careers in journalism or communications.

Here are the 1999 interns:

For the first time, the chapter has awarded a $500 scholarship to a Hawaii resident planning to pursue a journalism career. The first one went to Niranda Chantavy of the University of Hawaii.

1998 Interns Named

     Here is a list of the summer internships and the companies for which they will  work:

1997 Interns

Here are the 1997 interns:

1996 Interns

The eight summer interns sponsored by SPJ and participating media at a pau hana party June 14, 1996, at the Honolulu Magazine courtyard are:

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