Voice of San Diego has hosted interns since 2006. We created the program to inspire young journalists to pursue careers in investigative journalism. Our internship provides them with opportunities to explore their interests while working with practicing journalists who can provide valuable advice and mentoring. Voice offers three paid internships each year: winter, summer and fall.
The program is managed by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña, Voice Managing Editor. Lopez-Villafaña works with each intern to identify topics they’d like to explore and skills they’d like to develop during the internship. He provides coaching and guidance throughout the internship.
Interns work on individual reporting projects and support other Voice journalists’ reporting efforts. Interns gain a better understanding of local civic affairs and how to produce compelling investigative storytelling that serves all San Diego communities. The goal is that, at the end of the program, each intern should have a variety of published stories to add to their portfolio.
Voice’s internship program is made possible by the generous support of The Granada Fund and SDG&E.
Hannah Psalma Ramirez is a journalism student at San Diego State University. She has always had a passion for writing stories wherever she can find them and hopes to pursue travel journalism and write about social issues in the future.
Prior to arriving at SDSU she completed her associates at Southwestern community college where she was Campus editor for The Southwestern Sun. She has also previously interned for The San Diego Union Tribune.
Kathryn Gray grew up in San Diego. After graduating with a degree in Global Studies and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Gray spent many years living in San Francisco, Washington D.C and abroad working with for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Upon returning to San Diego, Gray began studying journalism at San Diego City College, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning student newspaper and website City Times. An avid explorer, Gray has lived in Ecuador, Spain and Chile and traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East but her greatest adventure so far has been writing about how people, places and ideas intersect to form the intricate landscape that makes her hometown exceptionally unique.
Tianrui Huang is a senior at UCSD studying economics and philosophy with a minor in communications. She writes for the UCSD Guardian, covering topics from student protests to state redistricting.
Gabriel Schneider (he, him, his) was born in La Mesa and grew up in Hemet, California. He is the current editor-in-chief of The Daily Aztec. Before arriving at San Diego State University, he was editor-in-chief of City Times, the news organization of San Diego City College. Listening to community members, researching, talking to subject matter experts then creating the content in a way that is digestible to the audience is what sparked his passion. Schneider was in the Marine Corps as an Infantryman before starting his journey in journalism.
Catherine Allen grew up in North County and is currently a student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism with a minor in statistics. She first discovered a passion for data and investigative journalism when she began covering health, policing and homelessness in 2020. Catherine is currently editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, Mustang News, and previously interned with the Coast News and The San Luis Obispo Tribune.
Jakob McWhinney found his passion for journalism when he returned to community college during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his first semester with San Diego City College’s student news site, City Times, he covered everything from politics to education to local music. He is now Operations Manager for City’s student-run news organization, City Times Media, which includes City Times, a radio station and a weekly television news show.
Julia Annette Woock is a Latina born in Tijuana, Mexico, raised in a binational borderlands community by a single mother. She is double majoring in political science and journalism, while transferring from Southwestern College to a four-year institution. She holds associate degrees in Italian, economics and liberal studies with an emphasis in math and science. Woock is the Editor-in-Chief of America’s #1-ranked community college newspaper, The Southwestern College Sun, where she covers local politics, immigration and indigenous civil rights.
Brittany Cruz-Fejeran is a student at San Diego State University working toward a degree in journalism. She loves to tell compelling stories through her photography. Currently, Brittany is a photo intern for the San Diego Union Tribune
“My time at Voice of San Diego helped shape my vision for my future. I hope to become a successful photojournalist focusing on telling the stories of local communities. I hope to finish school in two years and continue to represent my CHamoru people throughout my career.”
Will Fritz was a reporting intern at Voice of San Diego in 2019. He now reports at Top Class Actions.
Kara Grant is an enterprise and investigative reporter from Los Angeles, currently living in New York City. She writes about mental health, psychiatry, and other breaking medical news.
Jack Molmud is a digital and broadcast journalist CBS News 8. He writes, shoots, edits and voices stories. Since graduating from San Diego State University, his favorite issues to cover include education, politics and social justice.
Katy Stegall is an SDSU student studying to be an investigative reporter who focuses on police accountability, racial/class inequities and surveillance technology. She was named the National Two-Year College Reporter of the Year with the Associated Collegiate Press in 2019 during her time as Editor-in-Chief of The SWC Sun.
Katy is currently working as an Investigative Research Assistant at KPBS while finishing her degree at SDSU. She intends to be a criminal justice/investigative reporter upon graduation.
Devin Whatley was a reporting intern for Voice of San Diego in Summer 2020. He was born and raised in southeast San Diego and graduated from San Diego State University.
Are you an aspiring journalist? Would you like to apply to our internship program? Click here to learn more about the program.
To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and three writing samples to VOSD_HR@voiceofsandiego.org
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