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How My Muskie Internship Helped Revive My Hope in Journalism

The Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program is now accepting applications for its 2020 class. Visit culturalvistas.org/muskie to learn more and apply.


Fake news and disinformation are the direct results of media outlets racing to be the first to report the news.

At the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (aka Wisconsin Watch) where I interned as a media fellow this summer—quality over quantity is the only answer.

My internship as a participant of the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program gave me insight into possible solutions to some of the industry’s biggest challenges.

The Wisconsin Watch team during the summer of 2019. I’m pictured second from left in the front row.

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An Opportunity of a Lifetime

In the days leading up to December 20, 2018—I was a nervous wreck eager to hear news about whether I would be awarded the 2019 Cultural Vistas Fellowship to go to Hong Kong and spend a summer interning at Carbon Care InnoLab.

Though I had nothing to lose, I had so much to gain. And when the good news finally came—it changed my life forever.

Hands shaking with excitement, I dialed my Shimá to tell her the best news I had ever been able to give her.

“Mom, I’m going to Hong Kong!”

For Malia, a first-generation college student and the first from her family to travel outside the United States, the opportunity to be a Cultural Vistas Fellow has been life-changing.

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From Intern to Professional: Reflecting on My U.S. Exchange Experience with Siemens Healthineers

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. – Dalai Lama

Most experienced travelers, including the Dalai Lama, know that there is something special about traveling to places you haven’t seen before, but that doesn’t mean that you should set out on your J-1 Visa adventure unprepared.

Given the opportunity to remark on my yearlong U.S. internship at Siemens Healthineers, I feel eager to share some of the untold survival skills and benefits that have not only made my international exchange experience great, but permanently changed my approach to my profession and career.

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Three Ways to Win a Fully-Funded Summer Internship Abroad

College junior Katherine Moronta spent this last summer in Argentina interning at a local nonprofit to help families with autistic children lead happier lives. Daniel Wang became a firsthand witness to Germany’s devotion to sustainability while working on an awareness and education project in Berlin. In Hong Kong, Malia Simon worked to solve global climate challenges while experiencing the culture that the city has to offer.

Thanks to the fully-funded Cultural Vistas Fellowship, 15 American college students had similar experiences interning in Buenos Aires, Berlin, and Hong Kong.

The seventh and largest class of the Cultural Vistas Fellowship spent eight weeks this past summer living and interning abroad in Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Hong Kong.

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