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Summer 2016 Dean's Interns

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Maeve Allsup

Maeve is a rising 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 will be working as an editorial intern for Bloomberg/BNA from June 2016 to May 2017

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Alyssa Anderson

Alyssa Anderson is a junior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Spanish language. Alyssa is interested in all things public media and the art of storytelling in journalism. This is Alyssa's first Dean's Internship and she is excited to learn everything she can while at In her free time Alyssa can be found writing articles for Her Campus, asking to pet stranger's dogs and taking dance lessons.

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Neha Bhura

Neha Bhura is a rising junior from Dallas, TX with a major of Communication, Law, Economics and Government (CLEG) and minor in Leadership and Management. She has interned previously with Price Benowitz LLP under a Legal Marketing Fellowship program, and the White House: Executive Office of the President. After graduation, Neha plans to attend law school and pursue a career in the legal field.

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Elisha Brown

Elisha Brown is a rising senior majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Anthropology. She will be interning at Vox's First Person section this summer. In the past, Elisha has interned inthe communications teams at Generation Progress and Vital Voices, which are non-profits focused on youth advocacy and women's rights. On campus, she is a Resident Assistant and president of American University's Association of Black Journalists. The South Carolina native hopes to write and edit for culture publications after college.


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Interface Media Group
Matthew Cipollone

Matt Cipollone is an MFA student with a concentration in political, cultural, and social impact. His Dean's internship with IMG begins this summer. Prior to studying at AU, Matt was a child welfare consultant with nonprofits dedicated to improving outcomes for youth in foster care. His background in photography led him to documentary film. Matt's past experience includes creating a community-based youth photography program, producing short documentaries and photo essays profiling nonprofit youth development work, and organizing art shows featuring local artists in his hometown of Baltimore.  

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Alexandra Francavilla

Alexandra Francavilla is a rising 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 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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Ellie Hartleb

Ellie Hartleb is a junior majoring in print journalism with a minor in education studies. This summer, she will be working with the digital team at NBC4-Washington. Ellie spent the past year interning for Washington Parent magazine, where she covered topics including education, local news and health. This spring, she also interned for USA TODAY as a Dean's Intern. At AU, Ellie is a staff reporter and incoming Administration and Local News editor for The Eagle. After graduation, she hopes to continue to pursue a career that combines her interests in writing, digital media and education.

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Durango Herald
Kate Magill

Kate Magill is a rising senior double majoring in Print Journalism and Political Science with a concentration in comparative politics. This summer she will serve as the DC Correspondent for the Durango Herald, covering the Colorado delegation on Capitol Hill and other national policy issues of interest to the people of Durango, CO. Kate is Editor-in-Chief of AU's student newspaper The Eagle. Her previous experience includes working as the Managing Editor for News with The Eagle, and working as a reporting intern in Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs' health care news department. In her free time Kate is an avid runner and plays for AU's Women's Ultimate Frisbee team.

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The Washington Post
Derek Hawkins

A graduate student in journalism, Derek Hawkins reports for The Washington Post's metro desk, covering courts and law enforcement in the District and Northern Virginia. He has also worked with the paper's investigative desk and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at AU since September. Hawkins was part of The Post team that won both the 2016 Pulitzer Prize and the 2015 George Polk awards for national reporting for its series on officer-involved shootings and police conduct around the country. Before coming to AU, he covered federal courts, policy and other issues for Law360, Talking Points Memo, and public radio.

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Yan Shi

Yan Shi is a junior double majoring in broadcast journalism and computer science with a hopeful concentration in data journalism. She is a first generation student and a first generation Chinese American. In Fall 2015, Yan was the Dean's Intern for the Newseum as the broadcast technology/video production intern. She is excited to come back for a second round as a Dean's Intern at USA TODAY on the Interactive News team. Yan is looking forward to applying her coding and reporting abilities in a dynamic news environment. In the future, she hopes to utilize her abilities to serve her community and to give platforms to those whose voices are not often heard.

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Ellana Sloan

Elli Sloan is a junior at American University majoring in Communication Studies, with a concentration in Media and Society, and minoring in Marketing. This summer she is a Dean's Intern in the Advertising and Promotions department at NBC4-Washington. She would like to either be part of a promotions team on set for a news or video company or work for an advertising agency, where she can strengthen her marketing and digital skills. She cares immensely for the environment and hopes that one day she can combine the skills she acquires through schooling and field experience to find a happy medium where environmental consciousness is an integral part of the company's mission statement. Last summer she interned at Earth Day Network and Mean Green Media, and currently she is the social media and marketing coordinator for Kogod's career center. On campus, you can find her heavily involved in ATV, as she serves as the social media and marketing director on the executive board as well as on ATV Beats. In her free time she's most likely eating a kale salad and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

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Kendra Yoshinaga

Kendra Yoshinaga graduated from AU's broadcast journalism program in Spring 2016 with a minor in Law and Society. She's a strong believer in using storytelling to raise awareness of social issues, and she aspires to work as a public radio reporter. She previously served as a Dean's Intern at NPR's Tell Me More, and currently interns at the open innovation agency SecondMuse. In her spare time she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat. 

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Al Jazeera English
Nina Zafar

Nina Zafar is a graduate student at the School of Communication studying Journalism and Public Affairs with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. This summer she will be working with a small team at Al Jazeera English, helping produce the award-winning documentary series, Fault Lines. Before coming to American, Nina attended the George Washington University and studied International Affairs, concentrating on Middle Eastern studies. In the future she hopes to pursue a career that combines her background in International Affairs and Journalism.


Spring 2016 Dean's Interns