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Spring 2013 Dean's Interns

Erica Sanchez-Vasquez Dean's Intern - Erica J. Sánchez-Vázquez

Erica J. Sánchez-Vázquez is a second-year at the School of Communication’s International Media master's program. She is interning at Current, where she wants to deepen her knowledge about public service media. She also works at the School of International Service’s Office of Marketing and Communications, and has freelanced for Heartbeat, a Northeast DC newspaper. She holds a BA in journalism, with a minor in modern languages from the University of Puerto Rico. She spent her last two years there volunteering and working for the university’s newspaper and news site, Diálogo. In the future, she hopes to keep working in the field of journalism.

Stephanie Saulsbury Dean's Intern

Kaiser Family Foundation - Stephanie Saulsbury

Stephanie Saulsbury is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Communication and will be graduating this year. Through the SOC Dean’s Internship program, she was selected as an intern for the Health Communication and Media Partnerships team at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, DC. Her work at Kaiser includes contributing to campaigns such as Get Yourself Tested and Greater than AIDS, promoting HIV awareness among American youth. In addition to writing state and local reports, Stephanie tracks media and advertisement placements and assists in conducting surveys. Along with interning, Stephanie works as a graduate assistant within the Public Communication department, and hopes to combine her research experience with her passion for health advocacy in a future career. She is eager to learn more about the health communication field through her work at the Kaiser Family Foundation, and looks forward to the upcoming semester.

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Erica Finkelstein Dean's Intern

Living Social - Erica Finkelstein

Erica Finkelstein is a senior majoring in Public Communication and double minoring in Marketing and French. She is interested in working in public relations in the entertainment, travel/tourism and lifestyle marketing industries. She would love to be able to use her French language skills as well. Erica is a Communications Fellow in the public relations department at LivingSocial, and looks forward to this great opportunity to intern at a top company. Erica's other interests include writing and traveling - her favorite cities are Paris and New York.

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SOC Emily Good Deans Intern

National Geographic - Emily Good

Emily Good is a junior pursuing a major in Public Communications and a minor in Psychology. As a Communications intern at the National Geographic Society, she provides general administrative support to the Communications department, completing media research, assembling media contact lists, drafting press materials (pitches, releases, advisories, media, fact sheets), coordinating press mailings and other media contact lists, and supporting the events hosted by the National Geographic Society. At AU, Emily has been a member of the club tennis team and is involved with the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. After studying abroad in London last semester, Emily is excited to be back at AU and to join the NGS team.

SOC Dinah Douglas graduate student council

Newseum - Dinah Douglas

Dinah Douglas is a spring 2013 social media and web intern at the Newseum and is in her second year as a political communication master’s student in SOC. Originally from western Maryland, she came to DC by way of the Baltimore area where she completed a bachelor’s degree in political science and English literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). As she finishes up her master's program, she is undertaking a capstone project on Congressional redistricting in Maryland and the 2012 election cycle. She has completed internships with EMILY's List, Sen. Barbara Mikulski's 2010 re-election campaign, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and most recently worked in political advertising in the 2012 election season. Upon completing the Newseum internship, where she will be helping to market the museum's events and exhibits, she looks forward to a career where she can write and do research in the political field.

SOC Abby Fennewald Dean's Intern

Newseum - Abby Fennewald

Abby Fennewald is in her final semester at AU working toward a Communication Studies degree. She is interning at the Newseum this semester to assist with a research project regarding the 100 most important events in American history. She will help do work on the database for this project and assist in the fact-checking process. Abby has spent past semesters interning for Points of Light, the Smithsonian Institute, and WTOP, among other places. She is excited for this new opportunity that will allow her to converge her interests in media and history.

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SOC Regan Alsup

National Park Service - Regan Alsup

Regan Alsup is a rising senior studying both Film and Media Arts and International Relations. She is spending the summer producing instructional videos for the National Park Service to better inform park interpreters and rangers about climate change and its impacts within the nation's parks. She is excited about her internship because it affords her the opportunity to apply her passion for filmmaking to one of the most important social issues of the 21st century - our changing environment. Ultimately, Regan hopes to find a way to combine her passion for issue advocacy and awareness with her interest and skills in multimedia and filmmaking to make documentaries that make a difference on a global scale. (Summer and Fall 2012)

SOC Rachel Rood Dean's Intern

NPR -Rachel Rood

Rachel Rood is a broadcast journalism graduate student at American University. Through the SOC Dean's Internship program, she is working at NPR's Weekend All Things Considered where she will be producing the popular Three-Minute Fiction contest segment. Prior to her internship at NPR, she worked as a Production Assistant at AARP on a show called AARP Live, as an Assistant Editor for shows on Discovery Channel and DIY network, and as an intern for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She graduated in 2011 from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in film and a minor in music. Rachel is thrilled to be working at NPR and looks forward to honing her professional radio production skills.

SOC Constantine Skenderis Dean's Intern

USA TODAY - Constantine Skenderis

Constantine Skenderis is pursuing a B.A. in Film and Media Arts with a minor in Audio Production at The American University. As an intern for the Broadcasting Board of Governors at Voice of America located in Washington, D.C., he performed work as a producer, editor, and script writer. While also having his projects posted on College Magazine’s website, his other passion involves creating and producing music. His unique EDM pieces are currently available on iTunes and YouTube under his brand name, KazzRiot. One of his most exciting documentary film projects features Tom Bostic, former crewmember on the hit television series Pimp My Ride. Through the School of Communication Dean’s Internship program, beginning in January of 2013, he will be interning with USA TODAY. In this role, he will collaborate with video producers, create independent visual stories, and capture the latest news events of the day. His ambition is to craft and generate global independent films, concentrating on the entertainment world.

SOC Katelyn Chesley Dean's Intern

USA TODAY - Katelyn Chesley

Katelyn Chesley is pursuing a M.A. in Political Communication, interning at USA TODAY and working in the marketing department at Legum & Norman. She recently produced a short documentary about the student loan debt crisis, which has been featured on She graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina, where she received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications.

SOC Leigh Giangreco Dean's Intern

USA TODAY - Leigh Giangreco

Leigh Giangreco is a senior majoring in print journalism with a minor in political science. She can often be found flipping through the yellowed pages of the university archives for an Eagle article or turning FEC data into a campaign finance story. Her research skills will be put to the test at USA Today’s Investigative internship this spring. Leigh has interned twice on Capitol Hill, once for the now defunct public radio organization Capitol News Connection and more recently as the Washington correspondent for the Durango Herald. She has also reported on local news in D.C., as an intern for The Washington Examiner. Leigh has written for AU’s student newspaper, The Eagle, since her sophomore year. Currently, she is reporting on the cleanup of the formerly used WWI defense site in Spring Valley. She hopes to pursue a career in investigative journalism after graduating in May.

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Dean's Intern Rachel Jacobs

The Washington Post - Rachel Jacobs 

Rachel Jacobs is a senior film and media arts and economics double major at American University. As a producer on American University Television’s (ATV) news team, she has produced interviews with influential figures such as General Colin Powell, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Gloria Steinem, Michelle Rhee, John Legend, Janet Napolitano, Robert Gibbs, Bill Richardson, Tim Pawlenty and Chris Matthews. Rachel also produced coverage of President Obama's first news conference at the White House as an incumbent President-elect, the Westboro Baptist Church and Elton John's WTT Smash Hits Tournament. She has won local, national and international awards from student media festivals, including acknowledgement from the American Association of Political Consultants for her short documentary “The A Voice 4 U Campaign.” Rachel is currently interning in the video department at The Washington Post, helping produce the Post's nightly news program The Fold. (Fall 2012)

SOC Farah Mohamed Dean's Intern

The Washington Post - Farah Mohamed

Farah Mohamed is a senior studying print journalism and minoring in international studies and Arabic. She is currently the Metro intern at The Washington Post. This past summer, Mohamed worked at McClatchy’s Washington Bureau, where she wrote daily and enterprise stories on veterans affairs, covered congressional hearings, and reported on the week-long International AIDS Conference. She has also served as a communications intern at the American Islamic Congress, is the Lifestyle editor of AU’s newsmagazine, AmWord, and studied abroad in Amman, Jordan. After college, Mohamed hopes to pursue a career in foreign correspondence.

SOC Anna Scalamonga Dean's Intern

The Washington Post - Anna Scalamogna

Anna Scalamogna is a senior double majoring in journalism and graphic design. Anna has previously interned with the Washington Wizards, the Tampa Bay Rays, National Geographic, the Investigative Reporting Workshop and Public Citizen. She has also worked for AU's student newspaper, The Eagle. Originally from Clearwater, Fla., Anna will graduate in May and is excited to spend her last semester at AU interning with The Washington Post.

SOC Rachel Karas Dean's Intern

The Washington Post - Rachel Karas

Rachel Karas is currently a reporting intern for The Washington Post, where she covers the general assignment beat and blogs for the Metro section. She also serves as a staff writer and copy editor for The Eagle, where she was previously Administration & Local News Editor. Karas, a native of Flushing, Mich. will graduate from American University in May 2013 with majors in journalism and international studies, concentrating in global security and the Middle East. Karas has always been particularly interested in multimedia journalism – in addition to print reporting, she is experienced in broadcast scriptwriting and video package editing; web publishing and design; social media management; and photography. When she's not spending every waking moment as a journo nerd, she may also be found running, watching "The West Wing" and "How I Met Your Mother," experimenting with recipes and exploring the D.C. area. (Summer and Fall 2012)

Summer and Fall 2012 Dean's Interns