It was Opening Day 2015 for the San Diego Padres, and Patrick Carr arrived at Petco Park hours before the first pitch.
As an intern for the San Diego Union Tribune, he’d been assigned to help a staff reporter cover the story.
Credentials in hand, Carr met up with the reporter only to discover there had been a crucial miscommunication. The newspaper editors expected Carr to write his own story.
“I had to figure it out fast,” said the San Diego State University journalism student. “I looked around and saw lots of fans wearing jerseys with the names of the new Padres players, like Matt Kemp and Craig Kimbrel. The Padres hadn’t acquired top talent like this in a long time, and San Diegans were excited. So I interviewed the fans and wrote a story about their hopes for the season.”
Only through internships can students gain this kind of real-world experience. But some students can’t afford to trade a paid job for an unpaid internship. That’s why it’s important for SDSU to provide paid internships to students before they graduate. Philanthropy makes it possible.
Carr’s internship at the Union Tribune was supported by the Carleton-Hunt Endowed Internship Fund, established in 2008 to benefit the School of Journalism and Media Studies. The donors are Mary Ruth Carleton, vice president of SDSU’s Division of University Relations and Development, and her husband, Bruce Hunt.
As SDSU’s chief fundraiser and a former journalist, Carleton understands how profoundly The Campaign for SDSU has impacted students, faculty and academic programs with the $630 million raised so far. The university is well on its way to achieving the fundraising goal of $750 million in this first comprehensive campaign.
“In college, I received scholarship and internship opportunities that made a huge impact on my life,” Carleton said. “Having those experiences early on really moved my career forward.”
This year, Carleton and Hunt increased the total of their planned gift to $250,000, ensuring that the internship program will be supported in perpetuity for students like Patrick Carr.
A native of Northern California, Carr chose to attend SDSU based on the strength of its nationally recognized journalism program. This year, he is sports editor of the The Daily Aztec, SDSU’s student newspaper.
“For me, an aspiring newspaper reporter, it was really valuable to learn about the inner workings of a newspaper—how the pages are put together and how to work with really tight deadlines,” said Carr.