Broadcast journalism student gets summer internship with ESPN

Dolan, a Media, Pennsylvania native, is just the third Penn State student in 28 years to earn an internship through the program.

Audrey Snyder (MLB.com) was honored in 2011 and Jocelyn Syrstad (MLB.com) received recognition in 2010. Since 1990, AWSM has awarded scholarships and placed nearly 160 female students in paid media internships sportsmen. Dolan and the rest of the winners will be recognized at the AWSM Summer Conference in May in Austin, Texas.

Dolan, a junior, is entering her second semester at the University Park campus after spending a year and a half at the University of Oregon and a semester at Penn State Brandywine. She wasted no time snagging the awards. In September, she became the first student to win the Harry Kalas Award, a college scholarship given by the Philadelphia Broadcasters Foundation to aspiring sports broadcasting professionals.

“It really meant a lot because it kind of validated why I got transferred,” Dolan said. “That was probably the most important part for me. When you transfer you obviously think of a million different things that could go wrong, but it’s worked out pretty much in my favor so far.

Dolan doesn’t have specifics yet, but she expects to be given some shows to work at ESPN every day. Although she hopes to one day be in front of the camera, she believes having a wide variety of experiences can only help her improve her craft.

“I think it’s really important to have a bunch of different skills because it makes you more valuable as a hired person,” Dolan said. “I think having that on top of any on-camera experience is far more valuable than just working on camera.”

On campus, she did side stories on Big Ten Network Student U and worked for GoPSUsports.com. In the future, she hopes to be part of Center County Report and complete her certificate for the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. Additionally, she has her sights set on the Penn State Hollywood program next spring, a semester-long internship and learning experience for College of Communications students.

“Everything you put into your major is basically what you’re going to get out of it. I think that really pushed me,” Dolan said. “It gave me the motivation to do more so I could get an internship. I knew that with my goals and what I wanted, you couldn’t do one thing and put it on a resume. You had to having experience in everything, which only enhanced my skills as a journalist.

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