Sports Journalism Institute

Helping women and minorities get into newsrooms since 1993

Parth Upadhyaya

I’m Parth Upadhyaya, and I’m a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This summer, I’ll be a sports intern at The Denver Post, thanks to the Sports Journalism Institute. The son of Indian immigrants who moved to the United States just a few years before I was born, I wasn’t exposed to career options outside of those in STEM from an early age. I began my undergraduate career at North Carolina State University with the intent to major in engineering, a field I had a genuine interest in. But engineering didn’t make me excited to get out of bed every morning — it didn’t give me that feeling. I’d always loved sports, and people. A fascination for interacting with athletes and finding out the “behind the scenes” of a highlight-reel dunk or game-winning touchdown led me to start writing for N.C. State’s student newspaper, the Technician, after my freshman year. The next step was to convince my parents that transferring to a college with a journalism program to chase my dream was a good decision. Through various conversations, my parents began seeing my vision. In my first semester at UNC-Chapel Hill in fall 2017, I began writing for the school’s student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. And in the summer of 2018, I was a sports intern for the Houston Chronicle. I hope to use my week at the Sports Journalism Institute to gain tools that I currently lack and add to my network; at The Post, I hope to put these tools into practice. My goal is to play a small role in making it easier for more individuals who look like me to work in sports media.