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Fall 2015 Dean's Interns

Burgess DI

National Geographic
Alicia Burgess

Alicia Burgess is a senior double majoring in Film and Media Arts and Business Administration specializing in marketing. Alicia spent the summer interning for NBC in the advertising and promotions department, where she created on air promos for the local news broadcasted daily on Channel 4. She is thrilled to add another Dean's Internship to her resume at National Geographic Channel in Ad Sales and Partnerships. After graduation, Alicia hopes to use both her communications and business degrees to go into commercial advertisement production.


Elibuyuk DI

USA Today
Berna Elibuyuk

Berna Elibuyuk is a second year graduate student working towards a master’s in Film & Video studies at the School of Communication. Last year, she was a graduate teaching/research assistant working with SOC professors on a Merit scholarship. This fall she will be interning in the newsroom at USA Today and is excited to be working alongside dedicated professionals in their fields. Prior to attending American University, she received her undergraduate degree in New Media with university honors, and worked alongside her 2D/3D Animation professor as a teaching assistant. A freelance visual designer and videographer, when she’s not latched onto her Wacom tablet creating new pieces of artwork or editing videos, she loves traveling to learn about exciting, new cultures and taking photography during her free time. She will be graduating from AU in Spring 2016.


SOC Carly Ferreira Dean's Intern

Discovery Communications
Carly Ferreira

Carly Ferreira is a senior studying public communications and international business. She is the Dean’s intern for Discovery Communications’ agency rotational internship. This past summer, Carly worked on the insights and research team at Discovery Communications and loved it! Her junior year, she interned at Wakefield Research as their marketing research intern, and the previous summer, she worked as an Account Executive for a local start-up. Her sophomore year she interned at Spectrum Science Communications as their public relations intern, which is when she found her love for PR. After graduation, Carly plans to pursue a career in corporate communications or in health communications.

Graham DI

Durango Herald
Edward Graham

Edward Graham will be covering the Colorado delegation on Capitol Hill and national stories of interest for the Durango Herald during the fall semester. He is on the investigative track of the master's program in journalism and public affairs at the School of Communication. Edward attended Gettysburg College as an undergraduate and previously worked as a communications assistant for the American Association of University Professors and as an editorial consultant for the National Education Association.


soc deans intern samantha hogan

Samantha Hogan

Samantha Hogan will be covering changes in public media at She is a master student in investigative journalism and public affairs at the School of Communication. Samantha attended American University as an undergraduate was a Washington Post Dean's Intern during her junior year. She has also worked for two local papers, and The Killingworth Krier, in her hometown of Killingworth, Connecticut. 


soc deans intern jana kleemeier

National Geographic
Jana Kleemeier

Jana Kleemeier is a senior majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communications and minoring in Marketing. This Fall, she will be returning to the National Geographic Channel to continue interning in the Ad Sales Creative department. Previously she has interned for DC's 107.3, Alchimie Forever, BQgranola and Elements DC. Jana loves creating videos and is excited to produce her own air-promo for the National Geographic Channel!


soc dean intern alex korbaiage

USA Today
Alexandra Korba

Alexandra Korba is a rising senior double majoring in Film and Media Studies and International Studies. After a summer interning at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles she is excited to return to DC and intern with the entertainment section at USA TODAY. In past years, Alexandra interned at the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Channel and the Cannes Film Festival. She spent last fall studying film abroad at FAMU in beautiful Prague. After graduation she hopes to combine her majors and produce photographs, films and stories that highlight important global issues. 


SOC Prerana Korpe Dean's Intern

Prerana Korpe

Prerana Korpe returned to Washington in order to pursue her M.A. in Strategic Communication at American University. She previously earned her B.A. in economics, writing and rhetoric, from James Madison University, and studied international business management at Georgetown University.

Prerana has served as a Legislative Assistant in Virginia’s General Assembly. She worked with the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in DC to develop the program management office for Wounded, Ill and Injured. She later deployed to Iraq with the American Red Cross, to support the U.S. military.

Prerana is passionate about human rights and public service. 

She will be serving as the Dean’s Intern to the Newseum in Washington, DC.

SOC Shannon Lawrence Dean's Intern

Shannon Lawrence

Shannon Lawrence is a MFA candidate in Film and Electronic Media. With an undergraduate background in Biological Sciences and additional strong interests in the arts and in social issues, Shannon hopes to use film as a social connective tool, uniting different groups to promote social change. She is interested using her education in film to work on both social change documentaries as well as impactful fiction films. She hopes to apply her skills to writing and producing independent films.

SOC David Lim Dean's Intern

National Geographic
David Lim

David Lim is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Economics and Print Journalism. He is excited to be currently interning as a communications intern at the National Geographic Society and learning about the public relations side of the media industry firsthand. In past years, David interned at Bloomberg BNA, USA Today, and the Student Press Law Center.  He also works as a resident assistant on campus and is a member of the men's ultimate frisbee team. Lim aspires to work in political, economic and data driven journalism.

Litman DI

National Geographic
Eugene Litman

Eugene Litman is a senior double majoring in Business Administration and Film and Media Arts. After interning in the marketing department for Discovery Communications last semester, he is very excited to be interning with the Brand Activation team at National Geographic. When he's not interning, Eugene directs, films, and edits his own music videos as well as producing videos for many local artists in the DMV area.

SOC Candace Norwood Dean's Intern

The Washington Post
Candace Norwood

Candice Norwood is a second-year graduate student in international media. She will spend this semester as a metro desk intern with the Washington Post. Candice graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 with a bachelor’s in news-editorial journalism and a minor in Spanish. The St. Louis, Missouri native is also an avid traveler. Her most recent experience in the fall of 2013 took her to Madrid, Spain for a year to work as an assistant English teacher. Previously, she was a Dean's Intern with NPR, an international programming intern with C-SPAN and a metro desk intern at Newsday. In the future, Candice plans to work in digital news covering international human rights.

Maddi Pariser

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NBC Washington
Maddi Pariser

Maddi Pariser is a senior majoring in Print Journalism and minoring in International Studies. She is ecstatic to be interning for the Digital Team at NBC4 Washington. Maddi previously interned for Intercontinental Publisher's Kenya Engineer magazine while studying abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. Having the privilege of studying under some of the District's top professionals, she has developed both her passions for storytelling and world news. She aspires to use journalism as a tool for advocacy.  


SOC Hannah Sedgwick Dean's Intern

Discovery Communications
Hannah Sedgwick

Hannah is entering her final year of the BA/MA Strategic Communication program. This fall, she'll continue her work as the public relations intern with Animal Planet at Discovery Communications. She's thrilled to work with the amazing communications team at Animal Planet, watch all the new series before they are released and play with the puppies on the Animal Planet Live's Puppy Cam. Hannah has been a Public Relations Intern with Discovery Education and consumer products as well as a Spring 2014 Dean's Intern at the Newseum. At AU, Hannah was the AU Ambassador Program Co-Coordinator and a Peer Advisor at the AU Career Center. After she graduates in May 2016, Hannah aspires to a career in public relations in the media and entertainment industry.

Schuette DI

Ryan Schuette

Schuette is a journalist, cartoonist, and social entrepreneur. He covers education for National Public Radio, where he's interning for the fall. He's reported on marijuana law and immigration for Al Jazeera America;prison reform and international financial policy for publications in Uganda;and housing finance for two Dallas-based magazines. He's also a serial fiction writer with interests in high fantasy and political satire, and recently authored a book now available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble bookstores. A 2015 graduate of American University, he proudly holds a master's degree in journalism and public affairs. For more about Ryan, visit


SOC Yan Shi Dean's Intern

Yan Shi

Yan Shi is an undergraduate student majoring in broadcast journalism. She hopes to double major in computer science. She is interested in combining the two fields to pursue a career in data journalism or in video production. Throughout her educational career, she has acted as a videographer and archivist for an oral history project for her high school and acted as assistant director, producer, and writer for the short film, “The Dean’s List,” that premiered at Indy Film Fest 2015. She is excited to start her internship at the Newseum and to learn all that she can about video editing and technology. Yan hopes to utilize the skills that she develops to serve communities and to start and give platforms to those whose voices are not heard often. She is a casual blogger, an aspiring vlogger, an artist, and a video gamer.  


SOC Nick Zachar Dean's Intern

Interface Media Group
Nick Zachar

Nick Zachar is in his third and final year of the MFA Film program at American University. He cannot be more excited about the opportunity to intern at Interface Media Group this fall. He previously interned at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in the Education and Outreach Department. During his time at American University Nick has had the opportunity to hike through Costa Rican rainforests, repel into crevasses of Alaskan glaciers, and film aboard traditional Skipjack sailing vessels on the Chesapeake Bay. He co-produced Chesapeake Villages, a documentary that aired on Maryland Public Television and has received many honors, including a Student Emmy from NATAS National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter. Nick strives to find and share meaningful stories that shed light on important issues. He cannot wait to utilize and build upon his skills at IMG.

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