Summer 2020 interns

Introducing the Baltimore Sun Media 2020 summer interns:

Shreeya Agarwal

Shreeya Agarwal

I am a rising senior majoring in journalism and government and politics at the University of Maryland. I am currently an assistant engagement editor at The Diamondback, UMD’s independent student newspaper, and previously was a staff writer for the publication as well. During my time as a staff writer, I covered a local city election as well as various campus events and initiatives. During the spring 2020 semester, I interned at the National Bureau of Asian Research as an editorial assistant, where I copy edited manuscripts and foreign policy publications focused on Asia-specific issues. Aside from reporting, you can find me reading, taking photographs, traveling and cooking. I am excited to intern in my hometown at the Carroll County Times this summer!


Penelope Blackwell

penelope blackwell

I am a Washington, D.C., native and a master’s student at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. I am a May 2019 graduate of Morgan State University, where I was editor-in-chief of student newspaper, the MSU Spokesman. In 2018 I participated in the Carnegie-Knight News21 national reporting fellowship at Arizona State, documenting hate and bias incidents in the U.S. In 2017 I was president of Morgan’s student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalist which was named the national Student Chapter of the Year. I will be working with the breaking news team and general assignment reporting.

Anjali DasSarma

anjali dassarma

I am a rising senior and Humanities Scholar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, majoring in media and communication studies with a minor in journalism. At UMBC, I edit the opinion section of The Retriever Weekly student newspaper. In the past three years, I have interned at the UMBC Magazine and the Newseum as well as at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where I am currently a communications intern. I spend much of my free time reading news, listening to music and traveling. I spent my fall 2019 semester abroad at King’s College London studying communications, film and interdisciplinary research. I plan to become a professional journalist upon graduation, and thus I am delighted to be joining The Baltimore Sun this summer as the MDDC Press Association’s Reese Cleghorn Intern working on the opinion desk.

Jack Hogan

john hogan

I’m a rising senior at the University of Maryland, majoring in multiplatform journalism with a minor in international development and conflict management. I spent my spring semester in Barcelona, Spain, where I studied Spanish language and culture and continued my education in development. I’ve written for the Greenbelt News Review and The Campus Trainer, an on-campus publication at UMD, and for the past two summers I worked as a call center representative in the student loan department at Citizens Bank, which provided insight into our nation’s student loan crisis. I’m looking forward to working at the Capital Gazette this summer.

Ben Leonard

ben leonard

I am thrilled and grateful to be joining The Sun this summer as the Mary J. Corey intern working with the Breaking News team and general assignment reporting. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I am to graduate in May from Duke University with a degree in public policy and journalism. In past summers, I have interned at the Tampa Bay Times, NBC News, and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. I also served as the Duke Chronicle’s 2018-19 managing editor. Outside of my passion for local journalism, I love playing golf, listening to politics podcasts, watching sports and searching for good tacos.

Sanya Kamidi

sanya kamidi

I’m a senior at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I’ve worked at the student newspaper, the Daily Nexus, since the first week of my freshman year, working in various copy editing, social media and news positions, often at the same time. I currently serve as the deputy news editor and director of social media strategy. During my time at the Nexus, I’ve focused on strengthening the relationship between our community and our paper, and I’m looking forward to continuing my work at the intersection of reporting and audience engagement at The Baltimore Sun this summer.

Amina Lampkin

amina lampkin

I am a rising senior journalism and information science double major with a concentration in data science at the University of Maryland. I am excited to intern with The Baltimore Sun’s photo and visuals team this summer. Having been raised to make it a priority to know my history and pass it on, photography is my way of helping others document and share their stories. I’ve been doing photography since I was 16. In that time, I’ve taken photos as part of my own business, for the UMD Black Student Union and as the photo editor for The Black Explosion, UMD’s newspaper for and by black students. Last summer I was blessed to work with the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism to capture the stories of McElderry Park residents as they discussed how climate change affected them. When I’m not doing photography, I’m listening to music, shopping, or hanging with friends.

Angela Roberts

angela roberts

I’m a rising senior at the University of Maryland, where I study journalism and criminal justice. Last summer, I got started with Baltimore Sun Media as an intern with the Capital Gazette, and I’m so excited to return this year as an intern for The Sun’s features desk. I’ve missed (and probably will continue to miss) reporting on Annapolis, but I’m pumped to get to know Baltimore. At school, I work as an assistant news editor for independent student newspaper The Diamondback, where I’ve covered the graduate student community since I was a freshman. Outside of journalism, I love a good hike and a good crochet session. Let me know if you want a scarf!

Parth Upadhyaya

parth upadhyaya

This summer, I’m stoked to bring some of my own charm to Charm City when I join The Baltimore Sun as a sports intern. I’m to graduate in May from the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a degree in media and journalism. At UNC, I worked as a senior sports writer for the student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, where I covered basketball, football, women’s soccer and a handful of other sports. Last summer, I interned at The Denver Post through the Sports Journalism Institute. And in the summer of 2018, I was a sports intern for the Houston Chronicle. When I’m not in a press box or writing, I enjoy trying new foods, sightseeing and spending time with loved ones.