Bowdoin students can be found in the most disparate parts of the world in the summer months, adventuring off the grid, lounging by the water, or navigating the New York City subway. These five students—and Orient contributors, we’re proud to report—spent their summer days not on the beach, but writing, researching, and editing for blogs and publications…proving that the (metaphorical) pen is mightier than a wicked tan.
Eliza Novick-Smith ’14
Job: Intern for NPR’s “On the Media”
Novick-Smith blogged for “On the Media,” organized and monitored the show’s online presence, researched for potential stories, pre-interviewed potential guests for the show, prep the hosts of the show for the interview, transcribed interviews
Highlight: Interviewing Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago
“I got to call up this big deal law professor for one of the pieces and talk/argue with him for 45 minutes about campaign finance law and Citizens United—someone who certainly wouldn’t have given me the time of day otherwise.”
Read: “Is Money Speech?” (7/20/12)
Daisy Alioto ’13
Job: Social Media intern at NPR
Alioto contributed to NPR’s Tumblr, Facebook, and Pinterest pages, blogged for “It’s All Politics,” mined the comments section of “The Two Way” (news blog) and created micro blog posts.
Highlight: Interviewing Wes McClelland and Jessica Grounds, a bipartisan couple making their love work in Washington despite their jobs on opposite party lines.
Read: “Politics Doesn’t Trump All: A Bipartisan Love Story” (7/29/12)
“I was incredibly fortunate to have landed an internship at NPR this summer; it’s a very special place with a high standard of ethics.”
Dylan Hammer ’14
Job: Intern at HomeTown Media Group Details: Wrote two to three stories a week, compiled police blotters, and helped out fellow reporters.
Highlight: Writing a profile on Ben Alimena, a graduate of his high school who is now a pilot just out of aviation school.
“Over the two summers I had a lot of bylines for my reporting, photography, and my own articles. I had a lot of fun and definitely learned a lot about journalism and writing.”
Quinn Cohane ’13
Job: Research intern at The Huffington Post, turned Olympic blogger.
Cohane authored posts about the performance of the U.S. gymnastics team for the Huffington Post’s Sports and Olympics pages.
Highlight: Her article previewing the gymnastics All-Around Final appeared on the homepage of The Huffington Post.
“My goal for the summer was to get published, so I’m ecstatic it actually happened.”
Melissa Wiley ’13
Job: Editorial Intern at The New York Observer
Worked on projects related to the Observer affiliate magazines, covered events for the Velvet Roper, contributed to Hamptons Living supplements, blogged for the Observer blog
Where her work is featured: Educated Observer (on stands September 12) and Observer Philanthropy (on stands October 10), Velvet Roper, Scooter and various New York Observer supplements.
“I really could not have asked for a more comprehensive experience, or introduction to New York.”
-Compiled by Kate Witteman ’15