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Spring 2017 Deans Interns

  1. Nesima Aberra

    Nesima Aberra

    Vox

    Nesima Aberra is a second year master's student in the International Media program. She is also a graduate assistant with the Center for Media and Social Impact and is excited to be a Dean's Internat VOX this spring. Nesima received her bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Global Studies from Arizona State University. Her passion for storytelling and social change inspired her to get involved with reporting, strategic communications and advocacy around diverse issues including refugees, diaspora community organizing, women and girls' empowerment, religion, peace and conflict, and social entrepreneurship. After graduating from ASU, she completed a fellowships with the New Sector Alliance program in San Francisco and worked in nonprofit marketing and fundraising. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, making music, traveling and volunteering.

    Recent work:

    "How a viral protest photo gave this rabbi a chance to spread a message of hope"

    "The vast diversity of the Women's March on Washington, in words and photos"

  1. Maeve Allsup

    Maeve Allsup

    Bloomberg/BNA

    Maeve is a senior from Colorado in the School of International Service and is minoring in Communication. On campus she has worked as the Political Editor for the American Word Magazine and is a writer for American Way of Life magazine, and had the opportunity to interview former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright last fall. She is a member of Sigma Iota Rho honor society for international studies and Alpha Phi Omega national community service fraternity. She is working as an editorial intern for Bloomberg/BNA from June 2016 to May 2017. 

  1. Daniel Barnes

    Daniel Barnes

    NBC4 Washington

    Daniel Barnes in senior majoring in journalism with a minor in political science. This spring, he is interning at NBC Washington as part of the digital team, writing articles and producing content for the station's website and app. Born and raised in the Washington region, Daniel has a great appreciation for the area's local news and is excited to be a part of that coverage. He previously interned for the Washington City Paper.

  1. Trent Burns

    Trent Burns

    Newseum

    Trent Burns is a senior student pursuing degrees in Film and Media Arts and Public Relations and Strategic Communications. He also studies sustainability and global development through an International Studies minor. This semester, Trent is working as a Production Assistant at the Newseum and is excited to learn from their accomplished Video and Interactive Productions teams. Past experiences, including Music Editor at the Eagle and Editorial Assistant at Brightest Young Things, continue to influence Trent's narrative-driven approach to written and visual communications. After graduating in December 2017, he plans to pursue strategic communications and content production.

  1. Carson Creehan

    Carson Creehan

    Discovery

    Carson Creehan is a senior Public Communication major and Spanish minor from Pittsburgh. This spring, Carson is interning for Discovery Communications in the Discovery Networks International department. She is thrilled to have this exciting opportunity and to be a part of the Dean's Intern cohort. Previously, Carson has interned for American University's Kogod School of Business, the International Marketing Department of UPMC, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Her favorite AU experiences include the amazing SOC classes she has had, studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, and being a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity.

  1. Antoinette d'Adarrio

    Antoinette D'Addario

    STUDIO Gannett

    Antoinette D'Addario is a junior majoring in print journalism and criminology. This spring she is thrilled to be the first Dean's Intern with STUDIO Gannett. In the past, Antoinette has worked with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland. She was also a content supervisor for BalancedUniversity.com and is currently the web editor for AWOL at American University. After graduation, Antoinette hopes to use her skills to work on books studying major events around the world, from war-torn nations to serial criminals. She is originally from Pompey, NY.

  1. Agnes Erskine

    Agnes Erskine

    Smithsonian

    Agnes Erskine is a second-year graduate student in the Producing Film, TV and Video weekend program. Agnes has a Bachelor's degree in Radio, TV, and Film with a concentration in Audio Production. While media production is the foundation of Agnes' technical skills, storytelling is her passion. She has interned for CBS Radio and had the opportunity to work with some of her favorite talents, some of which include Justin Timberlake and Simone Biles. Agnes is currently working on her first independent, feature length documentary titled "Sexy and Saved." After graduation, Agnes plans to continue filmmaking before venturing into television.

  1. Sam Ferguson

    Sam Ferguson

    Voice of America

    Samuel Lee Ferguson is a junior Film and Media major with a minor in Business and Entertainment. He is excited to be a part of the Dean's Internship program by working for Voice of America in their Documentary Unit. But wait! He is more than just a few titles. His biggest fear is Artificial Intelligence, and he hopes you are concerned as well. Sam has also acted in both DPA and AU Players shows including last fall's Bachelorette and is a brother of DKA, AU's premiere cinematic fraternity. Lastly, Sam is a DJ at WVAU with the show Radio Days, bringing you cinematic music every Wednesday from 5-6 pm. Tell your friends, but not your robots. They aren't welcome. 

  1. Alexandra Francavilla

    Alexandra Francavilla

    Discovery Communications

    Alexandra Francavilla is a senior majoring in Film and Media Arts with a minor in Business and Entertainment. She is thrilled to be working with Discovery Communications doing a rotational internship from the Summer of 2016 through the Spring of 2017. Alexandra has previously interned with Gathr Films and National Geographic. Her on-campus involvement includes serving as President of her fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, and working on a show at American University Television. She is eager for this internship to develop her skills that involve her passion for film and television.

  1. Nicolette Fudge

    Nicolette Fudge

    ABC7 Washington

    Nicolette Fudge is a senior majoring in Film and Media Arts with a minor in Graphic Design and a minor in Creative Writing. She is passionate about writing, television and media and is thrilled to have found an intersection of the three with her internship with the WJLA-TV show Government matters. On campus, Nicolette serves as president for the professional cinematic arts fraternity, Delta Kappa Alpha, and works as a graphic designer for American University Student Government. Her past internship experience includes roles at NBCUniversal, Voice of America, and Metro Media US.

  1. Sarah Liebman

    Sarah Liebman

    Discovery

    Sarah is a senior Film and Media Arts major with a minor in Business and Entertainment and Cinema Studies. She has a passion for visual storytelling and ultimately hopes to pursue a career in producing or casting. On campus, she is involved with Delta Kappa Alpha (National Cinema Fraternity), Phi Sigma Pi (National Honor Fraternity) and ATV. This semester she is interning at Discovery Communications in the Digital Distribution department working specifically with download to own and VOD partnerships. In the past, she has interned with WGBH, Allied Integrated Marketing and the Weinstein Company.

  1. Madison Long

    Madison Long

    Newseum

    Madison Long is a senior majoring in film and media arts with a minor in graphic design. This spring she is interning with the Newseum as a production assistant. With a strong love of the arts, Madison attempts to add an element of creative expression in the videos she creates. Although she enjoys the entire filmmaking process, her main passion is video editing. In the past, she has worked with the Cape Gazette in Lewes, Delaware as a reporting intern and photographer. She also worked as an audio transcriber for the short film "The Culture of Collards," part of DC's Environmental Film Festival, and has produced short promotional videos for various nonprofit organizations. Madison hopes to use the knowledge gained from her past work and intern experience to create content for the Newseum while honing editing skills in a professional environment.

  1. Lindsay Maizland

    Lindsay Maizland

    VOX

    Lindsay Maizland is a senior double majoring in broadcast journalism and international studies with a minor in Chinese. She currently works at Vox.com as the Foreign team intern. On campus, Lindsay is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Word magazine and DJs a weekly show for AU's student radio station. She is passionate about providing in-depth reporting on both international and local issues, specifically music, food, languages, global inequality and development. Before coming to AU, she lived in Shanghai, China for five years, though she is originally from Michigan. After graduation, she hopes to continue using multimedia to tell underreported stories.

  1. Emily Martin

    Emily Martin

    Newseum

    Emily Martin is a sophomore majoring in Journalism with a minor in Music, focusing on Performance. Her passions range from the cultural impacts of music to the importance of reporting the truth. This spring, Emily is working with the Newseum's Exhibit Development team to research, write and update content for the museum's database. She is excited to enhance her writing skills and grow as a future professional journalist. On campus, Emily is a member of Phi Sigma Pi national honor fraternity and the Off-Campus editor for the Eagle. She is originally from Albany, NY

  1. Amanda McLaren

    Amanda McLaren

    The Washington Post

    Mandy McLaren is currently pursuing a Master's degree in investigative journalism from American University. This fall she will be a Dean's Intern with the national education team at The Washington Post. With extensive experience as an educator and administrator in New Orlean's public schools, Mandy is deeply interested in reporting on issues affecting students and families. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University.

    Recent work.

  1. Deanna Mudry

    Deanna Mudry

    Current

    Deanna Mudry is a junior majoring in Print Journalism and French Studies with a minor in Literature. Originally from Pittsburgh, she has worked on campus as a staff member at both the Eagle and WVAU. She is excited to continue writing and reporting through her editorial internship at Current.org this spring. She hopes to learn a lot and use those skills in a future career as a reporter focusing on human interest pieces, culture, or foreign affairs.

  1. Sophia Myszkowski

    Sophia Myszkowski

    CBS Evening News

    Sophia is a Film & Media Arts International Studies double major, graduating in the spring of 2017. On campus, she is a member of the national service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. She has interned in the past for Madeleine Albright, NBCUniversal and Voice of America. Sophia is interning with the CBS Evening News at the Washington Bureau for the 2017 spring semester. Sophia was born in St. Paul, MN and is passionate about creative and meaningful storytelling.

  1. Alexia Nal

    Alexia Nal

    Discovery

    Dedicated and passionate about the PR world, Alexia Nal is a senior majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication while minoring in Business and Entertainment. This semester she is thrilled to make the transition from the film industry into the television industry as TLC's publicity intern at Discovery Communications. While at American University, she has been able to gain global working experience in business and public relations in both the UK and China. However, spending the past 4 years in the nation's capital has allowed DC to be her classroom where she has been able to fully embrace the skills she has developed in the School of Communication. Her favorite moment of being an intern while at American University has been assisting Emma Stone and Damien Chazelle on the Golden Globes winning film La La Land Press tour in Washington, DC.

  1. Samannah Rohanimanesh

    Samannaz Rohanimanesh

    Voice of America

    Samannaz Rohanimanesh is an Iranian graduate student at American University majoring in Journalism, International track. Originally from Tehran, the multi-cultural capital of Iran, she has made it her mission to tell the stories of all nations through the language of art, a language understood by all. She has earned a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with a focus on video art, which has trained her to find the beauty of human nature worldwide. She has filmed and directed several short films and won a couple of awards in the national and international art scene. As part of her internship at VOZ, she will focus on documentary projects allowing her to refine her artistic abilities, with a journalistic twist.

  1. Arshum Rouhanian

    Arshum Rouhanian

    Interface Media Group

    Arshum Rouhanian was born in Maryland and has aspired to be a filmmaker since age 8 when he received his first Super 8 camera. His passion for music drives him towards a career in directing music videos for artists like Frank Ocean and Childish Gambino. He currently interns at Interface Media Group as part of the Dean's Internship program.

  1. Shira Stein

    Shira Stein

    Durango Herald

    Shira Stein is a junior pursuing a dual degree in journalism and biology. She is currently the Web Manager for the Pay Our Interns organization and the founder of The Bottom Line. Previously, she has been Editor-in-Chief of the NSPA Pacemaker-winning website Scot Scoop, a staff writer for College Magazine and a freelance writer for Media File. At American University, she is the Events Director for the SOC Ambassadors. She is involved with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, AU Women in Science and ReJEWvenate. She has a passion for DNA and informing the public, and after graduation, she hopes to continue pursing her love of journalism.

  1. Kelly Vaughen

    Kelly Vaughen

    Voice of America

    Kelly Vaughen is a graduate student in the journalism and public affairs program with a specialty in broadcasting. Currently, she is a Dean's Intern at Voice of America, where she is working in their documentary unit. Prior to attending American University, Kelly worked as a media coordinator for an advertising agency in New York. Kelly graduated with honors from Hofstra University, where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism. After graduation, Kelly plans to pursue a career as a multimedia journalist.

  1. Sara Wise

    Sara Wise

    USA TODAY

    Sara Wise is a graduate journalism student studying
    investigative reporting. She currently works at USA TODAY as part of the Dean's Internship program. During the fall 2016 semester, she spent her Dean's Internship with Current, tackling hard issues like race and teen suicide through the lens of public media. Sara also contributed to NBCWashington.com on Election Day. Originally from West Virginia, Sara graduated with a journalism degree from West Virginia University in 2012 before working with community media publications in East Tennesse. 

  1. Megan Yoder

    Megan Yoder

    ABC7 Washington

    Megan Yoder is a senior studying broadcast journalism with a minor in graphic design. She is a digital intern at ABC7 WJLA in Arlington. Megan is interested in digital journalism and wants to work as a multimedia reporter after graduation. Her ideal job would include writing and reporting through photos and videos. Megan is a strong believer in the power of the journalist and a free press and hopes she can produce work that makes a difference in her community.

  1. Chelsea Cirruzzo

    Chelsea Cirruzo

    NBC4-WASHINGTON

    Chelsea Cirruzzo is a junior majoring in public relations and strategic communications with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies. This fall she is excited to be interning with NBC-Washington as a digital desk intern. In past years, Chelsea has worked within the communications and digital departments at RAINN, the Human Rights Campaign and Newsday. She is the vice president of Her Campus American as well as a resident assistant. She is also a 2016 New York Women in Communications scholar. After graduation, Chelsea hopes to use the skills she's learned to work on content creation and management for young women's magazines. She is originally from Long Island, NY.

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    Amanda McLaren

    THE WASHINGTON POST

    Mandy McLaren is currently pursuing a Master's degree in investigative journalism from American University. This fall she will be a Dean's Intern with the national education team at The Washington Post. With extensive experience as an educator and administrator in New Orlean's public schools, Mandy is deeply interested in reporting on issues affecting students and families. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University.

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    Elizabeth Wilkins

    NEWSEUM

    Elizabeth Wilkins is a senior at American University majoring in Film and Media Studies and minoring in International Studies. This fall Elizabeth is interning with the Newseum as production assistant. Through her courses at AU and while studying abroad at a film school in Prague, Elizabeth has refined her focus to documentary filmmaking. This summer she travelled to Yangon, Myanmar to create a film about female day laborers. Elizabeth will graduate from AU this December and hopes to blend her background in International Studies with documentary filmmaking.

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    Megan King

    NEWSEUM

    Megan King is a second year master's student. She grew up hiking and skiing in beautiful Colorado, which instilled in her a love and respect for the natural world. Her passion is to tell stories of people, the environments in which they live and how they interact. Prior to attending American University, Megan worked at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, DC where she worked on Festival programming as well as fundraising. Megan has worked for Open Space and Mountain Parks in Boulder, CO to create short videos to highlight the incredible volunteers that participate in their Raptor Monitoring program. They can be seen here.

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    Yan Shi

    NBC4-WASHINGTON

    Yan Shi is a double major in broadcast journalism and computer science. This is her third year at American University and also her third time as a Dean's Intern. From the edit room at the Newseum to coding interactives at USA TODAY, she is excited to start this round as an intern at NBC-Washington on their digital team. As a budding programmer and a journalist, Yan hopes to spark conversations about the role of technology in the field of journalism and how we can take advantage of it on our storytelling and within our newsrooms. In her spare time, she does work for AU's Asian American Student Union and its communication team, writes the occasional article for publicationsand plays video games.
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    Isabella Lucy

    USA TODAY

    Isabella Lucy is a junior double-majoring in Communication Studies and Graphic Design with focuses in international media and web design. This fall she will be working on USA TODAY's Interactive News Team to create complementary graphics and immersive design experiences in the news. Isabella is excited to be part of a creative team and looks forward to improving her web development skills and meeting new people. On campus, she serves as WVAU's Art Director and runs the zine staff. When not coding until the early hours of the morning, she can be found playing soccer, curating playlists or taking a nap on the quad.

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    Megan Yoder

    NBC4-WASHINGTON

    Megan Yoder is a senior studying broadcast journalism with a minor in graphic design. She is passionate about multimedia storytelling and connecting with people through reporting. Megan works as a manager and software trainer at American University's multimedia editing computer lab and as a reporter for Lancaster Newspapers in her hometown of Lancaster, PA. Megan has held graphic design internships in Lancaster and Washington, DC, worked for multiple on-campus news publications and enjoys working on freelance video projects. 

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    Shana Blackman

    VOX MEDIA

    Shana Blackman is a senior studying Public Relations and Strategic Communication and minoring in Business and Entertainment. On campus, she is involved in the Student Union Board, SOC Ambassadors and PRSSA. Her interests lie at the intersection of communication and trade publications. Shana is the Fall 2016 Internal Communication Dean's Intern at VOX Media.

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    Jacquie Lee

    USA TODAY

    Jacquie Lee is a senior interning at USA TODAY for the interactive media team. She is double majoring in journalism and Arab world studies. Over the summer she wrote about politics for The Huffington Post and last semester she interned for NPR as an education reporter. In the past, she has also worked with The Jordan Times in Amman, Jordan; Street Sense; and in the press office for Senator Rob Portman. Eventually she hopes to become an investigative reporter.

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    Alexandra Francavilla

    DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS

    Alexandra Francavilla is a senior majoring in Film and Media Arts with a minor in Business and Entertainment. She is thrilled to be working with Discovery Communications doing a rotational internship from the Summer of 2016 through the Spring of 2017. Alexandra has previously interned with Gathr Films and National Geographic. Her on-campus involvement includes serving as President of her fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, and working on a show at American University Television. She is eager for this internship to develop her skills that involve her passion for film and television.

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    Mayar Linares

    NPR

    Mayra Linares earned a BS in Communications at the Tec de Monterrey in Queretaro, Mexico. There she disovered a love of photography and narrative. At American University she worked on fiction and documentary films that touch on feminist and social issues while working towards a MA degree. Today she is honing her story telling techniques at NPR with the Education Team.

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    Maeve Allsup

    BLOOMBERG/BNA

    Maeve is a senior from Colorado in the School of International Service and is minoring in Communication. On campus she has worked as the Political Editor for the American Word Magazine and is a writer for American Way of Life magazine, and had the opportunity to interview former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright last fall. She is a member of Sigma Iota Rho honor society for international studies and Alpha Phi Omega national community service fraternity. She is working as an editorial intern for Bloomberg/BNA from June 2016 to May 2017. 

  1. Alejandro Alvarez

    Alejandro Alvarez

    THE DURANGO HERALD

    Alejandro Alvarez is a Washington, DC-based
    multimedia journalist and photographer reporting on world politics, conflict, and activism. Nearly five years as a rising journalist in the nation's capital have seen him report on domestic and international politics, blending traditional reporting with the digital era through social media and with visual content. 

    Alejandro is an avid writer and photojournalist, seeking new
    ways to combine written and visual media to make a story as effective as possible. He has photographed a number of events in the Washington, D.C. area and elsewhere ranging from mass demonstrations to diplomatic and political events. As a photographer, he focuses on capturing images which explain the news and the people involved -shots that clearly and accurately depict the
    atmosphere of a certain place and time. There's almost always something or someone to photograph - people who know Alejandro rarely see him without his DSLR.

     

  1. Sara Wise

    Sara Wise

    CURRENT.ORG

    Sara Wise is a graduate journalism student studying
    investigative reporting. She is currently working with Current as part of the Dean's Internship program. Originally from West Virginia, Sara graduated with a journalism degree from West Virginia University in 2012 before working with community media publications outside of Knoxville, Tenn.