Each O'Brien Fellow is allowed three Marquette student interns. O'Brien interns receive real-world reporting experience in the field. This reporting is published by the respective Fellows' news organizations. At the end of the yearlong internship there is an opportunity to spend the summer as an intern with one of the Fellows at their news organization. Click on the images below for a sampling of our students' work.

Diana Dombrowski, 2017-2018 (second-year graduate student)

Diana DombrowskiDiana Dombrowski spent one year of her graduate studies working with 2017-18 O'Brien Fellow Gary Harki from the Virginian-Pilot on his project about the treatment of mentally ill prisoners. She traveled to Virginia and reported on Danica Roem, Virginia's first transgender legislator.

Diana Dombrowski Story
It was a whirlwind campaign for Danica Roem, Virginia's first transgender legislator. Now the real work begins.

Amelia Jones, 2017-18 (Senior year)

Amelia JonesAmelia Jones worked with 2017-18 O'Brien Fellow Andy Soth on his "Purple River Project," investigating the change in political affiliation from Democrat to Republican in rural Wisconsin towns along the Mississippi River. She reported, wrote and edited her own stories and received over 8,500 views on her second story about "Pete's Hamburgers Stand," in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin.

Amelia Jones Story
Pete's Hamburger Stand 

Rebecca Carballo, 2017-18 (Senior year)

Rebecca CarballoRebecca Carballo spent her last year at Marquette working with 2017-18 O'Brien Fellow Gary Harki on his project about mentally ill prisoners in Virginia prisons. Rebecca went on a reporting trip to Virginia, and she received her own byline for her reporting for The Virginian-Pilot.

Rebecca Carballo Story
For understaffed Hampton Roads Regional Jail, help could be on the way

Maggie Glynn, 2017-18 (Senior year)

Maggie GlynnMaggie Glynn worked alongside Wisconsin Public Television reporter Andy Soth in her last year at Marquette, reporting on his project the "Purple River Project," investigating the change in political affiliation from Democrat to Republican in rural Wisconsin towns along the Mississippi River. She covered the Laura Ingalls Wilder days in Pepin, Wisconsin.

Maggie Glynn Story
Little House Wayside Cabin

Alexandria Bursiek, 2017-18 (Senior year)

Alexandria BursiekAlexandria Bursiek spent her last year at Marquette working with 2017-18 O'Brien Fellow Gary Harki from the Virginian Pilot on his project about the treatment of mentally ill prisoners in Virginia prisons. Her reporting work earned her a byline for the Virginian-Pilot about how Virginia's mental health care system is "chaotic" and must be addressed.

Alexandria Bursiek Story
Virginia's mental health care system is "chaotic" and must be addressed, says Sen. Deeds

McKenna Oxenden, 2016-2018 (Junior and Senior year)

McKenna OxendenMcKenna Oxenden began her O'Brien intern work when she was a junior at Marquette working with 2016-17 O'Brien Fellow and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Mark Johnson on his series, "Outbreak." She received a byline in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for her story "Can math be used to predict an outbreak?"

McKenna Oxenden Story
Can math be used to predict an outbreak?

Ryan Patterson, 2016-17 (Senior year)

Ryan PattersonRyan Patterson spent his senior year working with 2016-17 Fellow Mark Johnson from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on his project, "Outbreak." Patterson even traveled to Brazil with Johnson to report on climate change and its effect on the spread of diseases. He received a co-byline in the Journal Sentinel for his reporting.Ryan Patterson Story
Infectious disease collides with changing climate

Devi Shastri, 2015-2017 (Junior and Senior year)

Devi ShastriDevi Shastri spent her senior year at Marquette working with 2016-17 O'Brien Fellow and Pulitzer-Prize winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel journalist Mark Johnson on his series "Outbreak." She received a byline credit for her solo reporting trip to the Florida Keys about the debate on genetically engineered mosquitoes.

Devi Shastri Story
Pathway to Peril

Wyatt Massey, 2015-16 (Senior year)

Wyatt MasseyWyatt Massey worked with 2015-16 Fellow and Baltimore Sun Reporter Justin George on his series "Shoot to Kill," investigating why Baltimore is the most lethal city in America. He received end credit on the five-part series published in the Baltimore Sun. Massey also was chosen as the Baltimore Sun summer intern in 2016.

Wyatt Massey Story
Shoot to Kill Chapter 1

Sarah Hauer, 2013-2016 (Junior, Senior and first-year graduate student)

Sarah HauerSarah Hauer worked alongside Pulitzer-Prize winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Dave Umhoefer on his project "Act 10," investigating the uproar Act 10 caused in Wisconsin schools. She received three co-bylines for her work with the yearlong project and was the recipient of the Journal Sentinel O'Brien Fellowship summer internship for 2017.Sarah Hauer Story
1) From teacher 'free agency' to merit pay, the uproar over Act 10 turns into upheaval in Wisconsin schools

Sarah Hauer Story
2) In wake of Act 10, fears rise about growing divide in arms race for teachers

Sarah Hauer Story
Schools face tougher task in finding teachers