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Mar 23 / Joel Cordes

Internship Insider: Avi Wolfman-Arent & Matt Faulconer to Hall of Fame

Our faculty recently began honoring those interns who especially distinguished themselves within our program. More importantly, these writers have also gone on to professionally utilize their skills and knowledge.

While our internship program has graduated over 350 skilled writers during the past three years, only 12 interns were selected as the inaugural class to our Hall of Fame.

I’ll periodically share their stories over the next few months, with a very educational purpose.

Here are real-life sportswriters who took control of their careers, are emerging from their experiences (both within our program and beyond) and have begun realizing their aspirations.

View their body of work. Add them as Twitter contacts. Use them as resources and role models.

Remember their names.

In no particular order, here’s an initial batch of the B/R Sportswriting Internship alumni inducted to our Hall of Fame:

- Avi Wolfman-Arent

With over 660,000 reads in less than a year, Avi has proven reliable and engaging across multiple topics. His NFL and MLB work has particularly spun off a successful video presence at B/R.

“I entered the Internship with almost no sports-writing experience and I left it with both the skills I needed to succeed and a sense, based on my interactions with staff, that I could. Through the Internship, my mentors became my advocates. In this business you need both.” – Avi @awolfmancometh

- Matt Faulconer

With a profile pic that says it all, Matt made a name for himself by writing about anything and everything, cranking out 620-plus articles in his first year and netting more than 1.9 million reads on event coverage, video and everything in between.

“B/R’s internship provided me with a place to really showcase my abilities not only as a writer, but also as a hard worker. Without the internship, I never would have become the writer that I have or had a chance to shine with B/R in any capacity. The internship was a jumping off point for me to become a paid writer, a member of B/R’s video team and for my upcoming role as a Production Analyst with the company.” – Matt @MattFaulconer10 & LinkedIn

With so many great writers to choose from, and more being trained every day, we’ll be inducting on a semi-annual basis. I’ll unveil some other names from our inaugural class very soon!

Joel C. Cordes is Bleacher Report’s Sportswriting Internship Program Feedback Editor. Along with fellow editor Greg Pearl, he develops B/R interns by providing feedback and mentoring, the highlights of which are shared with the B/R Blog.