Donovan Thomas, a senior at Howard University, will join The New York Times’s Investigations desk as a summer intern. The internship is in partnership with the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting. Read more in this note from Ted Kim, The Times’s director of early career strategy, and Carla Correa, The Times’s deputy director of early career programs.
We’re pleased to announce that Donovan Thomas will join the Investigations desk as a summer intern at The New York Times. The internship is in partnership with the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting at the University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media in Chapel Hill. The society is funding the internship and will provide training and mentoring throughout the 10-week program.
Donovan, a southern Louisiana native and rising senior at Howard University, has shown a strong commitment to investigative reporting. He is editor in chief of The Hilltop, Howard’s student newspaper, and also serves as the president of the only student chapter of the Ida B. Wells Society. The society’s mission is to increase the representation and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting.
Last summer, he was a Metro intern at the Charlotte Observer, where he reported on the coronavirus, Black Lives Matter protests and homelessness. He has also participated in a NICAR fellowship program and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, a domestic correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and a founder of the Ida B. Wells Society, said of Donovan: “Ambitious, humble, tenacious and hard-working, with a passion for accountability reporting and a hunger to learn, Donovan is exactly the type of student we created this internship for and whom our industry should be investing in. The investigative internship is a rare opportunity, and Donovan is a rare talent. I could not be more thrilled.”
Donovan will arrive in June and work closely with The Times’s Investigations staff. Please welcome him.