PublicSource intern testimonials

Evan Bowen-Gaddy
Editorial, summer 2017

PublicSource experience: If you want to learn what it takes to make a compelling and true piece of longform journalism, PublicSource is the place to be. As an intern, I was given the freedom to pursue a real and voluminous investigative story about something I cared about. This was an opportunity I didn't expect—lots of internships will stick you with the busy work no one wants to do, so you can "pay your due." This wasn't the case at PublicSource. In the four months I spent there, I learned what it was like to be a real reporter. I had sources run from my questions, I ran into dead-ends in investigations, I got conflicting information and by the end, I learned how to surmount all of that with the help of the staff. No one in the office will hold your hand, but they will be honest and they will answer your questions and by the time you leave, you'll be a better reporter.

Where he's at now: Evan is now a freelance writer and a part-time data-reporter at WHYY in Philadelphia.


Maia Ervin
Editorial, spring 2017

PublicSource experience: Initially, I was so scared to work at PublicSource. I always knew I wanted to write articles and try to get people’s voices heard. However, I never actually had the opportunity to be a journalist until PublicSource. Although it was my first time working for a newsroom, PublicSource made me feel so comfortable. The work environment didn’t make me feel like an intern, but just another part of the team working on a project. During my time at PublicSource, my writing improved tremendously and I even found a new passion: marketing/public relations. Although I worked mostly as an editorial intern, my time at PublicSource helped hone my writing skills for the career I am currently pursuing post undergrad. Ultimately, it was my time here that showed me the path I wanted to follow working with clients to help market their dreams.


Stephen Caruso
Editorial, spring 2017

PublicSource experience: Now covering Pennsylvania state government in Harrisburg, I'm a year out of school and still look back on my time at PublicSource as one of the best five months as a reporter. Interning while a senior at Pitt, I found a newsroom full of new coworkers I still talk to as professionals and friends. I also wasn't just tasked with grunt work like rewriting press releases. PublicSource threw me in to covering lead in Pittsburgh's water, where I worked with a team of reporters to explore how Pittsburgh's government was addressing the lead crisis — and who was at risk from what the city wasn't doing. Working at PublicSource made my writing sharper and my reporting more incisive. To this day, I still draw on lessons from my time there.

Where he's at now: Stephen is now the Harrisburg bureau chief for The PLS Reporter.


Roman Benty
Marketing, summer 2016

PublicSource experience: While at PublicSource, I learned a lot about nonprofit organizations and the impact they can have on local neighborhoods. I got to build real connections, expand partnerships with different organizations and plan community gatherings around important causes. Organizing an event that tied directly to a series of articles was a novel experience for me. I think it is this sort of innovation in community engagement that sets PublicSource apart from other nonprofits and most certainly differentiates the organization from other news outlets in the area.


Elizabeth Lepro
Editorial, spring 2016

PublicSource experience: At PublicSource, I learned the basics of investigative journalism and was able to work independently on projects that interested me. But I also got to learn from journalists who have specific talents and areas of expertise -- even if it was sometimes just by watching them work. Informational sessions and one-on-one chats with the reporters taught us intense fact-checking, data journalism skills and how to scope out information we needed. This is seriously work you'll be proud of.


Christine Manganas
Editorial, fall 2015

PublicSource experience: This internship took me beyond writing 750-word, to-the-point news articles, but instead showed me how to take an issue and dig deeper. Here I learned to research, report and write a story on issues that readers truly cared about.


Stephanie Roman
Editorial, fall 2015

PublicSource experience: What I feel was really great about interning for PublicSource was that I received a lot of hands-on experience and one-on-one instruction. With a small team, you guys are really able to combine your efforts and put together awesome stuff. Whether it was going out on interviews with Jeff, helping Natasha shoot videos for the site, going over data and fact checking with Eric or getting advised and encouraged about story pitches from Halle, I never felt like what I was doing was wasted or unnecessary.


Elaina Zachos
Editorial, 2015

PublicSource experience: The journalists at PublicSource are extremely dedicated and willing to help interns. I got the chance to write an enterprise piece for PublicSource's project on Millennials, and that article has definitely helped me further my path. After the internship, I studied journalism and Arabic in Morocco, and went on to intern at National Geographic through a program run by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Interning at PublicSource also helped with my application and acceptance to the Fulbright Berlin Capital Program during which I learned about the media landscape in Europe.