August 16, 2005

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University alumna Jill Merselis was one of more than 1,000 applicants selected to be an NPR (National Public Radio) summer intern at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Merselis graduated magna cum laude in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science. The daughter of Darlene and Stephen Merselis, Wayland, Mass., and a 2001 graduate of Wayland High School, she was dean's list student and member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as well as a member of the women's tennis team.

A privately supported, non-profit, membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of 26 million Americans each week in partnership with more than 780 public radio stations. This is a unique internship, one that invites interns to engage in hands-on experience.

During the internship in NPR's audience and corporate research division, Merselis has worked to create a commentary on social responsibility for NPR's Intern Edition program. The one-hour radio program, which debuted Aug. 10 and can be heard online, is written, produced and edited entirely by interns.

Merselis discusses how to balance idealism with professional ambition in her radio piece, a story that is being considered for airing as part of a future All Things Considered program.

Because of this experience, she says, "I've learned that the people at NPR who put together the finished product we hear on the radio have a much more difficult job than I ever would have imagined."

Merselis is one of more than 50 college and graduate students participating in the NPR program in Washington, D.C. for their unique summer internship program. Two more interns are at NPR West in Los Angeles, and one other in Chicago. Interns have come from all over the United States, with one intern from Russia.

The internship program gives participants the opportunity to work with experienced professionals involved in all aspects of NPR, from production of news and programming to human resources and information technology and more. Not only are interns making visible and valuable contributions to NPR, but they are also getting hands-on experience in a variety of NPR divisions.

The internship also offers several activities to enhance learning and development, including attending production workshops and having lunch with on-air personalities.

For more information about the internship program or to listen to Intern Edition, visit the summer 2005 website at



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