University of Arizona Journalism Student Interns at FiveThirtyEight

Christianna Silva started today as a political data analyst.

ChristiannaSilvaPicStarting today, University of Arizona senior Christianna Silva (pictured) is on board with FiveThirtyEight in New York, helping the site tabulate the run-up to the Nov. 8 presidential election. Her paid political-data internship will run for 10 weeks and follows a spring trip to Washington. As part of professor Susan Knight’s course “Inside the Beltway: Press, Politics and Policymakers,” Silva traveled to D.C. to visit media outlets, alumni, the White House and Congress.

From a recent UofA write-up:

“I went into the [internship] application process with a lot of knowledge about polling, and I definitely think that helped me,” said Silva, who was named the school’s top junior at the Just Desserts student awards in May. “Also, the FiveThirtyEight editors were looking for people who could code, so (journalism) professor Michael McKisson’s app-building class was very helpful.”

Adds McKisson: “It’s probably one of the coolest internships one of our students has ever gotten. And it’s an incredible moment to be at FiveThirtyEight, with this historic election, and she’s going to be in the thick of it. I don’t think it could have happened to a better and more talented young journalist.”

Fewer than two dozen applicants made it to the phone-interview stage with FiveThirtyEight. And for Silva, the wait period was anything but agonizing; she was told within two hours of her interview that she had landed the position.

Silva previously interned in New York last summer with MergeWatch, a non-profit that looks out for hospital patients’ rights. Congrats on the FiveThirtyEight position. Knock them statistically dead!

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.