Senior journalism major Emily Newell will begin a yearlong paid postgraduate internship with the public and media relations department of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Indianapolis on June 6. She and Butler classmate Grant Leiendecker were among the 19 individuals offered a 2011-2012 internship.

The NCAA Postgraduate Internship provides on-the-job learning experiences for college graduates who express an interest in pursuing a career in intercollegiate athletics administration based at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis.

“Working for the NCAA, especially in the public and media relations department, allows me to gain experience working in many different areas of athletics and find what I really love,” said Newell, a native of Powell, Ohio. “I’m excited to have this opportunity and hope it will lead me to a long career in the field.”

Newell will graduate from Butler May 14, completing her bachelor’s degree program in just three years.

Newell was the 2011 managing editor of the Butler student newspaper, The Collegian. She has also been The Collegian sports editor and assistant sports editor, and sports photographer for the Collegian online. In summer 2010, Newell designed new typographic looks for the Collegian’s print and online editions.

“I’m most proud of being the sports editor of The Collegian during last year’s (2010) Final Four, which got me published on ESPN,” Newell said. “It has been my goal since eighth grade to be a sportswriter, so being able to cover the basketball team and write for ESPN was really a dream come true. If I never get to do it again, I’ll always get to say I’ve done it once.”

In her sophomore year, she produced and presented a top mass communication law paper at the spring 2010 Butler Undergraduate Research Conference. She also completed three sports-related internships — one covering high school sports and sports-related issues for the National Federation of High Schools, a second in media relations and public information with the Indiana Pacers, and a third in communications with USA Football. She was the first intern from Butler to receive an internship with USA Football, a national governing body for youth football that moved its headquarters to Indianapolis in September 2010.

This year, Newell received the Excellence in Journalism award from the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism. This award was preceded by the Angelo Angelopolous Scholarship, given in memory of a 1940 journalism graduate who was a reporter and writer for The Indianapolis News, which she received in 2010.

“Emily’s drive and initiative as well as her sound judgment and unflappable character certainly set her apart from her peers,” said Nancy Whitmore, director of the School of Journalism. “In only three years, she has produced a distinguished academic record that includes a body of scholarship that would easily receive high praise at the graduate level. She is, without a doubt, one of the most outstanding graduates of our program.”

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