Next City introduces Solcyre Burga, our Summer 2021 Urban Affairs Journalism Fellow. Burga lives and attends school in Newark, New Jersey, where she is a rising senior studying political science and journalism at Rutgers University. She is a member of the Honors College and an Eagleton Undergraduate associate, where she collaborates with other students to link the study of government to its real-world application.
Next City began our Urban Affairs internship program in 2016. Burga is a fellow of the Emma Bowen Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting diversity in both the media and tech industries. Burga’s internship is made possible by Next City’s four-year partnership with the Emma Bowen Foundation, as well as additional aid from Next City supporters who donated during the 2021 spring membership drive. Thank you for making these summer fellowships possible.
Throughout the past three years, Burga has interned with various local and large-scale organizations including the NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and the Aspen Institute. She most recently spent the spring semester as a writer for her university’s publication, Newance Magazine, where she wrote about topics ranging from racial equity to pop culture phenomena.
Burga’s goal is to bring voice and agency to immigrant and underrepresented communities; she feels that Next City’s work aligns with her core values and admires their commitment to equitable coverage. She looks forward to writing stories that seek solutions to environmental justice or affordable housing issues. “Through this internship, I hope to continue to grow and expand my knowledge, while also highlighting the inspiring work being done across cities to build a better future for the upcoming generations,” Burga says.