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Fall 2014 Dean's Interns


USA Today
Richard Fields

Richard Fields is an independent filmmaker and graduate student in his final year of the MFA in Film and Electronic Media program. He is a recent graduate of the FAMU study abroad film program in Prague, Czech Republic, and spent his summer filming documentaries in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Both his fiction and documentary films have screened at numerous festivals, including the acclaimed DC Shorts Film Festival, and he has most recently won the award for Best Documentary Film at the Washington PA Film Festival. This fall, Richard joins the USA Today team as a Dean's Intern working with their Video Production department, and also works with District 7 Media creating high quality motion-timelapses, video productions, and photography. He is currently in the development for his upcoming thesis film, and you can connect with Richard on LinkedIn and follow his progress on Twitter/Instagram @richardtfields.



National Geographic
Joanna Sobieski

While Joanna's interests and capabilities in the field of communication are varied, as a Film and Media Arts major her dream is to utilize her creativity and passion to create quality educational programming that is designed to foster in young people a love of learning about the world and the people in it, whether on a national or a neighborhood scale. A senior at American, she previously interned for the PBS Parents website and for the Missions Media department at the National Geographic Society. Having grown up on National Geographic content, Joanna is particularly thrilled to return to the National Geographic office as the fall 2014 Digital Media Intern for the Channel! Her portfolio of work can also be viewed at


Sobieski's Work


David Lim

David Lim is a junior double majoring in economics and print journalism. He is currently interning as a midterm elections intern with the USA Today politics team. He also works as the Administration and Local News editor at The Eagle, AU's student-run newspaper, and previously served as the social media and sports editors for his high school paper in Palo Alto, California. He is also active as a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team and as a Resident Assistant on campus. Lim aspires to work in political, economic and data driven journalism.


Lim's Work

SOC Aly Seidel

Washington Post
Aly Seidel

Aly Seidel is a rising senior on track to receive her B.A. in Journalism and Political Science. This summer Aly will be working with the Washington Post, focusing on cuts to recess play in American schools. Aly currently works as the features editor for The Eagle, AU's student-run publication. Previously, she was a Dean's Intern at NPR during Summer 2014 and before that interned at Fox News. She also works for the Student Advocacy Center at AU and the AU Library. After graduation, Aly aims to stay in D.C. as a political reporter.


National Geographic
Trish Robbins

Trish Robbins is a senior majoring in Film and Media Arts, with a double minor in Cinema Studies and Marketing. This fall she is the Creative Marketing intern at National Geographic Channel. She is from New York and has always had a passion for storytelling and visual arts. In the past, Trish worked at a documentary filmmaking company as a production intern and in the marketing department at the non-profit media arts organization, Women Make Movies. She hopes to pursue a career in the film and television industry. Her dream is to one day direct and produce her own documentary films.


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National Geographic
Jasmine Day

Jasmine Day is a senior majoring in Public Communications, with a minor in Marketing. This semester, she is excited to be joining the Ad Sales Marketing and Partnerships team of the National Geographic Channel. Before coming to National Geographic, Jasmine interned with Discovery Communications, Inc., AARP, The Children’s Society in London, St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, and The Hispanic College Fund, gaining experience in communications, marketing, and the non-profit and media industries. Jasmine is most inspired by new experiences.

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Teta Alim

Teta Alim is a junior from Jakarta, Indonesia - via upstate New York - earning a double major in foreign language and communication media as well as political science. She is interning at Current, reporting on public radio and learning a lot about the world of public media. At school, she is a DJ and writer at WVAU and social media coordinator for the Student Union Board. Off campus, she was a web and social media intern for personal stylist, Lani Inlander and has written for the music review site


Nicole Tanoue 

Nicole Tanoue is a rising senior in the University Honors Program, double majoring in Public Communication and Studio Art. She is currently a media intern at 1776, writing articles and designing graphics for the website, and creating content for the startup incubator’s social media presence. She has interned for International Arts & Artists and Washington Parent Magazine prior to joining 1776, and hopes to gain new insight into the world of startups as a Dean’s Intern.

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Lindsay Maizland

Lindsay Maizland is a sophomore double majoring in Broadcast Journalism and International Studies and minoring in Chinese. She is excited to spend the fall semester working as a digital media intern at WAMU 88.5. On campus, Lindsay is the Around D.C. section editor for The American Word magazine. Before coming to AU, she lived in Shanghai, China for five years, though she is originally from Michigan. Lindsay loves to travel and hopes to someday work as a foreign correspondent.


Julia Reinstein 

Julia Reinstein is a senior majoring in print journalism with a minor in Philosophy. She is currently an editorial intern at 1776. At AU, she has written for Her Campus and AmWord, is a member of Phi Sigma Sigma, and previously served as Vice President of Student Government. This past summer, she interned at New York Magazine. You can find Julia on Twitter @juliareinstein.

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Durango Herald
Iulia Gheorghiu

Iulia Gheorghiu is a senior studying print journalism and pursuing a double major in the Kogod School of Business. This is her second time participating in the Dean's Internship program.

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Washington Post
Trey Yingst

Trey Yingst is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in international relations. He currently is interning at the Washington Post in the Post TV video department. Yingst also co-founded a news organization called, where he serves as the news director. He spent the past summer covering stories for News2share in Ukraine, Uganda, Gaza, and Ferguson, MO. After graduation Yingst hopes to work as an international correspondent covering conflict zones.



William Reid

William Reid is a graduate student in his second year of the MFA in Film and Electronic Media Program. He holds a BFA in Studio Art from Abilene Christian University. Recently, his documentary short Building Fort Houston was nominated for Best Documentary at American University's Visions Awards. Previously, he worked as an archives intern for Democracy Now! You can follow his creative pursuits at

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National Geographic
Alex Mazzarisi

Alex Mazzarisi is a junior studying Public Communication and Anthropology at American University. This semester she will be a social media intern at National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild. In addition to interning, she is an editor at American Way of Life Magazine (AWOL), AU's on-campus magazine, and an active member of the AU Outdoors club. Alex has worked for major communication and hospitality organizations including Clear Channel Communications and Pollin Miller Hospitality Strategies and at American University as a Discover the World of Communication teaching assistant, resident assistant and social media coordinator.


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Jordan-Marie Smith

Jordan-Marie is spending her fourth year studying Journalism and minoring in French. She is currently NPR's Weekend Edition intern, a staff writer, columnist and Assistant Lifestyle Editor for The Eagle, Online News and Features Writer for the School of Communication, freelance writer for the Washington City Paper and All Things Go, guest opinion writer for East Carolina University's The East Carolinian, PR coordinator for AU's award-winning literary magazine AmLit and most recently worked with POLITICO as a Journalism Institute fellow. Coming from best-state-ever North Carolina, Jordan-Marie is investing her college career in learning how to tell various stories to the best of her ability. She hopes to start her post-grad career in public media as a producer or reporter and branch into public relations in the seemingly far-off future.