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  • aseidel 12:53 pm on September 9, 2014 Permalink  

    Student? Sure. Journalist? Definitely. 

    By Dean’s Intern Aly Thorn at NPR

    It’s really important not to sell yourself short. All of the Dean’s interns were working in newsrooms full of ridiculously talented people who have done amazing things, and let’s be honest. It’s easy to get caught up in the ‘I’m just a college kid’ mentality. Come in, do your work and be too nervous to speak up when you’re in a room with people who have their own wikipedia pages.

    I spent the summer at National Public Radio, where I was lucky enough to be in a newsroom full of professional who treated me like a colleague. I pitched story ideas and was given the green light to report: that meant finding sources, interviewing them and writing a finished piece to land on the senior editor’s desk. I was averaging about a post every two weeks, publishing them on a website that has over a million unique hits a day.

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  • thunter 9:46 am on August 21, 2014 Permalink  

    Gaining an improved perspective at the White House 


    Hunter in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House

    By Dean’s Intern Todd Hunter at The White House

    I didn’t vote for President Obama during either of his presidential campaigns.  But, I believe whoever the President of the United States is deserves the respect and support of all Americans, which is why I applied for an internship at the White House this summer.

    My thought process when considering where to apply for an internship consisted of three criteria.  First, as someone who dedicated more than eight years of his life serving as a U.S. Marine before becoming a graduate student at American University, I wanted to continue acting on my belief in public service.  Second, I wanted to continue enhancing the skills I built in the military –- digital video production for the Web.  And third, I wanted to be able to look back one day and be proud of what I did. (More …)

  • smeehan 1:33 pm on August 4, 2014 Permalink  

    A team effort at Current 

    By Dean’s Intern Sean Meehan at Current

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    Sean contributing in a meeting at Current.

    The first thing that struck me when I started at Current was the size of the staff. I’ve only worked in a few newsrooms, but with a six-person editorial team (including me), Current is the smallest I’ve worked in.

    Nonetheless, Current puts out a 16-24 page paper every other week and is constantly updating their website with new content. While the small news team means that there is a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of all the reporters, I’ve also come to learn some major advantages of working in a small newsroom. (More …)

  • nt6836a 2:21 pm on July 30, 2014 Permalink  

    1776: A Home for Startups and Innovation 

    By Dean’s Intern Nicole Tanoue at 1776

    Nicole at 1776

    What makes a company truly innovative? What makes a company a stimulating and inspiring place to work? During my time as a media intern at 1776, I’ve come to realize that the vital components are a core team of passionate employees, and a strong company mission and vision. This summer, I have been lucky enough to intern at a company that embodies these qualities, and much more. (More …)

  • 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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