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  • mlieberman 10:04 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink  

    Unexpected opportunities in the USA Today offices 

    By Dean’s Intern Mark Lieberman at USA Today


    Mark at his desk at USA Today

    My favorite aspect of the USA Today internship program is the flexibility. Instead of being restricted to our assigned section (in my case, USA Weekend Magazine), we’re free to roam the newsroom, pursue connections and explore opportunities for substantive work at our own pace.

    During my first week at USA Today, I spoke with Kim Willis, an assignment editor for USA Today’s Life section, about possibly writing some stories for her alongside my duties to Jim Lenahan at USA Weekend. I mentioned some of my entertainment- and music-related interests, including singing competition shows. She said she’d let me know if she had anything for me, and soon afterwards, she did. (More …)

  • asrikanth 9:57 am on July 17, 2014 Permalink  

    Well, I’m here. Now what? 

    By Dean’s Intern Ana Srikanth at USA Today

    I was in my Arabic class early one Wednesday morning when I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize. I have no idea what possessed me to pick up the phone, but I did, and accepted the offer to intern at USA Today this summer.

    From the very beginning, I knew I was lucky to be there. I gave Brent Jones – the director of the internship program – my resume at AU’s Job & Internship fair a couple weeks earlier and he decided to give me a chance. I’ve only just finished my first year in college! I don’t have half the schooling or experience as the other interns, so I hadn’t even expected to get such an opportunity. To be honest, I was preparing to spend the summer working retail or at a local restaurant near home. A USA Today Internship? Definitely a step up. (More …)

  • Zach C. Cohen 4:14 pm on June 11, 2014 Permalink
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    A bittersweet farewell to The Post 

    Zach at The Washington Post post

    Zach at The Washington Post post

    By Dean’s Intern Zach Cohen at The Washington Post, May 2014

    I didn’t believe what I was hearing. Vernon Loeb, the Local editor for THE Washington Post, was calling my cell phone in Israel offering me an internship in one of the best newspapers in the country.

    I had dreamed about that moment but never expected it to happen. I had started reading The Post as soon as I arrived in Washington four years ago. I’m a print subscriber. I get the breaking news alerts. I turned to it first for political news and updates about my neighborhood, my home in Wesley Heights.

    In the last four months, I’ve had slow days and busy days. There were days I scanned through Twitter and blogs for story ideas or plugged away on long-term projects. There were days were I bylined two articles for the next day’s paper.

    I went to the Hill to report on accountability at The National Zoo and The White House for “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” Crime stories in Northwest D.C., D.C. Superior Court, a Baltimore TV station, Great Falls, Seven Corners, Blacksburg, Ferndale, and Hyattsville. Features in Capitol Hill, Quantico, Charles County. I wrote obituaries for a foreign correspondent turned Pulitzer-prize winning editor, a blind hiker, a TV actora fair housing proponent, and an octopus. I reported on local politics in D.C. and College Park. I did stories on preserving the environment and history.

    I contributed to stories yet to be published and some that landed on A1, from the Pepco buyout to a homicide case spanning decades and continents. And let’s not forget lots of snow stories.

    Somebody told me recently that the best advice they ever got was to treat every story as the most important story ever assigned.

    Each one of those stories, that day, was the most important story I had ever written. There’s something incredibly special about local reporting, writing about stories that matter intensely to your neighbors. To some of the people I interviewed, getting a call from The Washington Post was as much an honor as it was for me to say every day, “Hi, this is Zach Cohen from The Washington Post. How are you?”

    Last Wednesday was my last day working at The Washington Post. To get to work feet away from some of the best journalists in the business was just an incredible honor and one I will always treasure.

  • hannahsedgwick 11:29 am on May 2, 2014 Permalink  

    Tales from the Newseum Broadcast Department: Part 4, John Lewis Documentary Shoot 

    By Dean’s Intern Hannah Sedgwick at the Newseum

    Congressman Lewis and me, arguably the happiest person on the planet at this very moment.

    Just when I thought my internship at the Newseum’s Broadcast Department was over, it started right back up again.

    My official last day was this past Tuesday and I was really sad to leave all of the amazing people I got to know so well.

    The next day, I was invited to be a Production Assistant for a filming at a local school with Congressman John Lewis. In one of my previous posts back in March, I wrote about doing the back research for a documentary on Lewis. I love learning about the Civil Rights Era and generally anything that has to do with the 1960s. I took a course my sophomore year called “How the News Media Shaped History” where I learned a lot about the power of the press in the movement. I was hooked.

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  • hannahsedgwick 12:12 pm on April 25, 2014 Permalink  

    Tales from the Newseum’s Broadcast Department: Part 3, Ford’s Theatre TV Shoot 

    By Dean’s Intern Hannah Sedgwick at the Newseum 

    By far, the cherry on top of the ice cream that is my Newseum Broadcast internship was having the opportunity to be a Production Assistant/Runner for a real, live, legitimate TV filming for the pilot of a TV series that will hopefully get picked up by Travel Channel. We filmed a piece at Ford’s Theatre about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln that I’ve been researching during my time at the Newseum.

    Filming the booth from the stage at Ford's Theatre

    Filming the booth from the stage at Ford’s Theatre

    I’m still in shock that I was on set for a TV filming. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve always been more excited and interested in what happens behind the scenes. My favorite part of DVDs is the bonus feature reel where they show all the technical equipment, hair/makeup, slate and directors. The entire experience was quite surreal.

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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
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    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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