HIGH POINT, N.C., May 11, 2016 – High Point University rising senior Mollie McKinley is one of four national winners of an internship stipend from Sigma Tau Delta, a national English honor society. The stipend will support McKinley during her summer internship with Yes! Weekly in Greensboro.
McKinley, an English major from Clarksburg, West Virginia, will spend her summer immersed in journalism, a field she’s always been interested in pursuing. During her time with Yes! Weekly, she will shadow reporters covering news throughout the city and write stories on deadline. The stipend will allow her to focus on her work in the internship by covering her basic expenses.
“This award will truly help me grow in a profession that I am so amazingly passionate about,” McKinley says. “This internship will give me firsthand experience working for a popular, alternative print magazine. The location is rich with history and life, so working hands-on will aid me in gaining experience in the field.”
“I’m proud of Mollie’s achievement,” says Dr. Laura Alexander, assistant professor of English, who advises Sigma Tau Delta at HPU and helped McKinley find the internship. “She is one of four students selected nationally by Sigma Tau Delta, an internationally recognized English honors society. Mollie is an outstanding student who has won competitive grants, presented at conferences and published her research.”
This summer, McKinley also will be participating in HPU’s 2016 Summer Research Institute. She and Alexander will be exploring interpretations of the Female Gothic across various kinds of literature.
Sigma Tau Delta’s Summer Internship Stipend is a competitive program providing a limited number of stipends of up to $1,500 each to undergraduate and graduate student members accepting non- or low-paying summer internships. McKinley’s internship experience will be featured on the organization’s blog later this year.