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  • claireshriver 4:57 pm on April 10, 2014 Permalink  

    Starting With Startups at 1776 

    By Dean’s Intern Claire Shriver at 1776


    Claire at 1776.

    Before joining the 1776 team I knew little to nothing about what a day in their office was like. I first got an email from one of the internship coordinators in the School of Communication office while I was aboard in Rome about the company. After a few more email exchanges and an interview later, I was given the opportunity to be a Media and PR Intern, as well as a SOC Dean’s Intern.

    An incubator and accelerator for startups, 1776 is unlike any office I have worked on before. There truly is no “typical day” or routine on campus, the term used for the office space on the 12th floor of 1133 15th Street. The only consistency is that on a daily basis there are government officials, businessmen and women, and just about everyone else who cares about the DC startup scene that tour the space.

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  • mkearns 4:26 pm on April 9, 2014 Permalink  

    Producing a Promo for National Geographic Channel 

    Dean’s Intern Meg Kearns at the National Geographic Channel

    Building Penguin Paradise Promo from Meg Kearns on Vimeo.


    Meg at National Geographic

    In Washington, D.C., working at the National Geographic Channel is the ultimate goal for most aspiring filmmakers, including me. When I saw that the School of Communication had a Dean’s Internship with this world-renowned institution, I knew it was an opportunity I could not pass up. But “Ad Sales Creative”? What could that possibly have to do with my major, Film and Media Arts, and my background in writing and production?

    As it turns out, quite a lot! I decided to apply and ultimately accept this internship because as a writer for film and television today, I know- because my coursework at AU has emphasized it over and over again- how important writing for different formats can be to remaining competitive and successful in the industry. I thought that short-form promo writing for television would be an exciting creative challenge for me to take on that would help me learn and grow as a writer- and I was right! (More …)

  • lneville 4:24 pm on April 9, 2014 Permalink  

    Show Business and Advertisers 

    By Dean’s Intern Lauren Neville at National Geographic

    Working in the National Geographic Channel Ad/Sales department makes you feel like you are right in the middle of the industry. I work for the Ad Sales Creative and Cause Marketing department. Partnering with others in editing rooms, writing scripts, and looking at footage to find the perfect scene for a promo are only some of the exciting things I do here.


    National Geographic Channel Intern, Lauren Neville watches her show promotion for Access 360 : Everglades and Panasonic.

    My internship began on the first day with a huge meeting with what felt like everyone in the Marketing team that worked in some sort of media production. I was able to sit at a long table and listen as teams within the department shared the promos they had made for shows like Wicked Tuna or the poster designs they came up with for Big Cat Week. I absolutely loved the team interaction and how everyone contributed their thoughts on the pieces.

    Following that, I was lucky enough to be able to join my supervisors as a production company called 2 C Media pitched their company to us. The creative director brought us huge cupcakes and showed us clips of the types of promos and shows they had filmed and done the graphics for. He had a fun personality and talked about the work he had just done with J. Lo and Shack. I certainly felt integrated in the world of show business as he stood there talking about the sets they work on and ultimately why we should choose his company to work with. At the end, my supervisor told him that I was the new intern. The creative director looked at me and said, “Intern? This is the best internship you could ever have!” I knew he was right. (More …)

  • socdeansintern 10:28 am on March 28, 2014 Permalink  

    RECAP: Spring ’14 Dean’s Internship Reception 

    By Dean’s Internship Coordinator Don Michael Mendoza

    The bi-annual gathering of the Dean’s interns, SOC faculty, staff and students for an informational panel and reception – complete with amazing cupcakes from Whole Foods – took place this past Wednesday, March 26th in the newly opened SOC Media Innovation Lab in the renovated McKinley building. A total of more than 25 people were in attendance including 10 of the 14 Spring 2014 Dean’s Interns.


    Delicious cupcakes along with displays about the Dean’s Interns and Partnerships.

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  • hoaitranbui 11:26 am on March 26, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: dean's intern, internship,   

    Learning the Ropes at the Washington Post 

    HB WaPo

    Hoai-Tran Bui at her desk mid-note taking.

    Dean’s Intern Hoai Tran Bui at The Washington Post

    Sink or swim.

    That’s what it’s like to be a Dean’s Intern at The Washington Post. It’s thrilling, terrifying and satisfying all at the same time—a roller coaster of emotions I never thought I would experience at a 9 to 5 job.

    Unlike many of my previous internships, the Post requires interns to be at the same level of competence as any of their entry-level reporters. There are no “easy” stories or “intern jobs” that we get assigned. It’s be a great reporter, or don’t. Sink or swim.

    I chose swim.

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  • christynenser 9:49 am on March 26, 2014 Permalink  

    Entering New Territory at a Trade Publication 

    Credit: Andrew Lapin

    Christyn at her desk at Current (Credit: Andrew Lapin)

    Dean’s Intern Christyn Enser at Current

    This semester at Current marks my fifth and final internship as an SOC student. It is the last in a series of opportunities that I’ve had while attending AU, with a slew of news organizations to choose from in the DC metro area. This internship has continued a trend of (purposefully) different newsroom experiences. I never wanted to do the same thing twice and, luckily, I never had to. I’ve worked for daily and weekly newspapers, an online publication and a museum. But Current is still different: it is a bi-weekly trade publication published in print and online that covers public media.

    Specificity in coverage doesn’t make the paper’s content less complex. When I arrived at the office in January, I hadn’t actively tuned into public media since I was a kid, when I watched PBS classics from the 1990s, like Wishbone and Arthur. It had “been awhile,” to say the least. But being an intern at Current helped me remember how important public broadcasting had been throughout my childhood and realize how important it remains today. (More …)

  • Zach C. Cohen 9:47 am on March 26, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: crime, education, obituaries, research, , writing   

    Keeping D.C. Posted at The Washington Post 

    Zach at Post

    Zach working on a story at his desk at The Washington Post

    Dean’s Intern Zach Cohen at The Washington Post

    As cliche as it sounds, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to work at The Washington Post. I’m a daily print subscriber, and I have turned to its political coverage ever since arriving in Washington as a freshman at American University.

    Now, thanks to an opportunity afforded to me by American University School of Communication and The Washington Post, some of the industry’s best and brightest reporters and writers sit just a couple of feet away from me in any direction. They cover everything from the White House and foreign policy to deaths of loved ones and panda bears.

    The place runs like clockwork, an organized chaos that manages to put together a full daily newspaper and run a website that is updated minute-by-minute. If you take a look around at my colleagues’ desks, it’s clear they live and breathe this work. Each cubicle is piled high with newspapers, books, notebooks and the occasional coffee cup lid. (More …)

  • hannahsedgwick 1:04 pm on March 25, 2014 Permalink  

    Tales from the Newseum’s Broadcast Department: Part 2, Ford’s Theatre Location Scout 

    Dean’s Intern Hannah Sedgwick at the Newseum

    My internship at the Newseum’s broadcast department has been filled with new experiences. I have to pinch myself constantly to remind myself that this is real life. Just a few months ago I thought, “Wow, wouldn’t it be great to work at the Newseum?” and now it’s reality.

    Here's me at the Newseum from the viewing area on the 6th. Talk about a view.

    Here’s me at the Newseum from the viewing area on the 6th Floor. Talk about a view!

    By far, the coolest experience I’ve had so far has been going on a location scout with all of the producers, editors and designer in the broadcast department. We went on a “field trip” just a few blocks to Ford’s Theatre, the theater on 10th Street where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in 1865, which will be a filming location for an upcoming TV series. I’ll hopefully get to help out during the shooting day if all goes as planned. (More …)

  • alexbeall 4:37 pm on March 19, 2014 Permalink  

    A Crime Fighting Contributor at USA Today 

    Dean’s Intern Alex Beall at USA Today

    Finally, after two months of researching and hours spent in the clerk’s office at the D.C. Superior Court, there’s something to show for it.


    Here I am making cold calls at my desk for the new project I’ve been assigned to.

    For the first half of my internship, I worked on a project with USA Today investigative reporter Brad Heath exploring the extradition system, the process through which fugitives are transported back to the state in which they are wanted.  While the project, Fugitives Next Door, features a variety of different angles, anecdotes and media, I worked primarily on the section about murders committed in D.C. by wanted criminals.

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  • mbowerman 9:53 pm on March 18, 2014 Permalink  

    USA TODAY – Health, Science, & Environment 


    Dean’s Intern – Mary Bowerman at USA TODAY

    Dean’s Intern Mary Bowerman at USA Today

    I was ecstatic when I received my internship offer at USA TODAY with the health, science, and environmental team. I have always been interested in environmental and health issues and at one point told a professor I’d saw off my arm  to get this internship.

    I have been at USA TODAY since January and I can honestly say I have never had such a great internship. They have completely thrown me in to the process and allowed me to pitch stories and most importantly write them. I think the best internship you can have is something hands on and USA TODAY completely encompasses that. One of the most interesting parts is the wide range of topics that the health team covers. From writing stories on new drug studies to chemicals in children’s toys every day that I am here I learn something new. One of the best parts about being a reporter, especially on the health team, is that every day you sort of become an expert on something you may have walked in knowing absolutely nothing about. (More …)

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