2023 Summer Interns

The Philadelphia Inquirer is delighted to welcome our 2023 Summer Interns — college journalism, PDE, and business students who begin their nine-week paid internships with us today. Our interns include:

  • Allie Ippolito, Temple University, 2022 graduate
  • Sapna Bansil, University of Maryland, second-year graduate student
  • Punya Bhasin, University of Pittsburgh, senior
  • Ruikun “Harry” Hao, University of Pennsylvania, second-year graduate student
  • Aaryn Paschal, Hampton University, junior
  • Kristen Li, University of Pennsylvania, junior

We were able to bring back our summer internship program this year, which was put on hiatus because of COVID and lack of funding, thanks to a dedicated fundraising effort and the generosity of an anonymous donor who believes in both our mission and growing the next generation of talent.

Our new and improved summer internship program is designed to promote talent development within Philly and the region, with a particular focus on college students from historically marginalized backgrounds. Our program has structure and a curriculum where interns will work with an assigned mentor, attend sessions with leaders from across the company and from Philadelphia, and work on a real-life final project. 

Special thanks to Erin Carroll, Vice President, People & Culture, and Nancy Nguyen, Talent Acquisition Partner, People & Culture, for their work in designing and running the program, connecting with local universities and HBCUs and recruiting our interns. And thanks to our intern mentors and managers — mentors Joe Russell, Kerith Gabriel, David Maialetti, Meryl Spadaro, Julie Westfall, and Ximena Conde, and managers Michelle Lopez, Danese Kenon, Toan Dang, Becky Bowers, John Roberts, and Molly Eichel — for stepping up.

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