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Erin Bell.

You may see her name in the byline of national news outlets like the Chicago Sun Times, The Detroit News and the Winston Salem Journal this summer.

Erin, from Julesburg, Colo., earned one of six coveted spots as an intern for the prestigious Scripps Howard Foundation’s  Semester in Washington program for the upcoming summer.

Each year, the Foundation chooses talented undergraduate college journalists to come to Washington, D.C. to work at the Scripps Howard News Service for a semester or the summer. Through the program, Erin will be covering events in the U.S. capital as well as reporting and writing feature stories for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire.

Erin earned the internship through a rigorous application and phone interview process – which happened to land on the last day of finals weeks in December. The interview call came earlier than planned just after a lengthy final for her Shakespeare class. Erin simply answered questions like why she applied, what she has learned, and her favorite article to date.

The poise it took is evident when she talks about the internship. “I was excited when I found out I got it. I told my parents right away and then emailed my journalism professor,” Erin said.

Assistant Professor of Journalism David Swartzlander was proud of her achievement. “Erin’s selection to this desirable internship continues an outstanding tradition of Doane Student Media or Journalism and Media majors getting top-notch jobs and internships.”

Erin’s smiling but professional. Excited yet controlled. Mature beyond her 21 years. Qualities that surely helped seal the internship over the phone. And, of course her experience in journalism – editor-in-chief for The Doane Owl (the student newspaper), writer for student magazine 1014, and writer for the college’s Office of Strategic Communications. (We’ve already asked her to blog this summer.)