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Curt Devine

Over the summer Curt worked as the associate producer for the Latin Pulse podcast. As associate producer he had the opportunity to engage global audiences with the latest political and cultural trends in Latin America. In addition to writing and recording weekly news updates, he delved into some of the region's most controversial issues by speaking with experts and analyzing media trends in the Americas. For example, he interviewed a series of human rights activists regarding 25,000 people disappearing in Mexico as a result of the drug war and broke the story two weeks before major news outlets reported the statistics. From this experience, he has sharpened his broadcast skills and expanded his knowledge on one of the most vibrant regions in the world. He is confident this experience will directly benefit his career.
 

Curt was also featured on the PBS MediaShift website.

You can find the full program that featured Curt's work here: https://soundcloud.com/latinpulse/reviewing-primaries-chile-cuban-dissidents-internet-lp7032013


You can find the original audio for Curt's piece here: https://soundcloud.com/latinpulse/cuban-dissidents-internet-lp7032013

IC Summer Internship Spotlight

Current IC students tell us all about the exciting internship opportunities they pursued over the summer.

Amy Wozniak

Amy Wozniak

Amy is a 2nd year International Communications student. Her interests lie in public diplomacy, and specifically, how to promote access to information. This Summer she studied and interned in Tbilisi, Georgia with Transparency International Georgia. While there, she worked on a research project on the Internet Environment in Georgia.

She researched the overall access to the internet across the country, how people used their time on the internet, demographics of internet users, and what programs were being used to promote internet access. She chose to conduct her research in Georgia for multiple reasons. First, the country was still transitioning from a former Soviet Republic, to a Western-oriented one, seeking NATO and EU membership. Second, the upcoming elections in October of 2012 provided a great opportunity to see if and how new technologies were spreading information, and if they were making a difference politically. Finally, Georgia is within a very diverse and changing region, it stands at the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East, Christianity and Islam, and with oil and gas discovered in neighboring Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, the region will only grow in importance. After conducting her research, she did find that the internet was still a largely unused resource, however she is happy to report that as of October 1st, Georgia had it's first peaceful transition of power through elections since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Calvin Hayes

Calvin Hayes

Over the summer, Calvin interned at the US embassy in Djibuoti, East Africa. He served as the Public Diplomacy Representative for a number of events, including: A U.S.. Embassy and World Food Program Initiative to donate over 2.5 million dollars worth of food assistance to rural communities in Djibouti; a U.S. Embassy Initiative to donate more than 2.9 million dollars worth of medical assistance to local clinics throughout Djibouti; an Independence Day Celebration; and several other Humanitarian Assistance Projects. Calvin also drafted grant reports for a$300,000 grant to the Djiboutian Ministry of Youth and Sports and a $36,000 grant to the Djiboutian Ministry of Islamic Affairs, and assisted with biometric collection and preliminary file review in the Consular Section.

Caitlin Morrison

Caitlin Morrison

Caitlin was a summer 2012 intern at the U.S. Department of State in Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau International Information Programs, Office of Audience Research and Evaluation (R/IIP/ARE). IIP is the arm of public diplomacy that deals with communication and engagement of overseas publics. IIP does more than just published materials, however. They create and support the spaces for engagement, such as American Centers, implement programming such as the Kindle book clubs, and provide insight into audience research and feedback for posts. This last concept was the focus of the team Caitlin joined, which was less than a year old when she arrived.

The main focus of ARE is to provide background on target audiences when posts were planning engagement activities or messaging tactics. To make this an effective tool, ARE is in the process of creating an Audience Research Kiosk – a database with media usage, social behavior, and other data for as many locations as possible. Caitlin worked with vendors to determine the best combination of polling and survey data to enter into the kiosk. The other task of ARE is to evaluate campaigns/events during and after their programming.  Caitlin was also tasked with pulling and analyzing social media metrics surrounding different events or engagement campaigns. For the “Fifty States in Fifty Days” campaign, a collaboration with Discover America, she monitored Facebook, Twitter, and State-owned sites for activity surround the campaign.

Being a part of this office gave Caitlin incredible insight into the heated topic of measurement of public diplomacy. She was able to combine the theoretical knowledge gained from coursework with the practical use of metric-gathering tools to provide not only graphical renderings of outreach but interpretations and suggestions for strengthening the messaging plans.

Chantel Morant

Chantel Morant

Imagine spending your summer basking in the sun, surrounded by glistening water and boating everyday! Well, that’s what I did—sort of. This summer I worked as a communications intern at Management Systems International (MSI). MSI is a leading international development firm in Washington, DC. Its headquarters are located on the DC waterfront and best of all, many of its offices are stationed inside of boats! Although at first the setting may appear too tranquil for any serious work to be done, that is not the case with MSI.

For more than 20 years, MSI has worked around the globe to assist developing nations with issues ranging from food security to anti-corruption. Their partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has enabled them to train diplomats in Afghanistan and build local capacity in the most isolated communities in Colombia. As an intern, I was able to learn about these projects while assisting the communications team with content development and social media. One of the most exciting aspects of my job was updating Twitter and celebrating each time a notable institution—like the National Institute of Health—would retweet what I wrote.

I can honestly say that I gained a host of marketable skills this summer. If you are looking for practical experience in international development, I encourage you to apply for an internship with Management Systems International!