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Spring 2015 Dean's Interns


Washington Post
Mark Lieberman

Mark Lieberman is a Metro desk intern at the Washington Post this spring. He is a senior studying journalism with a minor in cinema studies. In the summer of 2014, he interned at USA Today, where he wrote two cover stories for USA Weekend Magazine and four articles for the national USA Today print edition, among other duties. He previously interned for Allied Integrated Marketing and served as a Collegiate Correspondent for USA Today. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in news or arts and entertainment journalism as an editor, reporter or critic.



Candice Norwood

Candice Norwood is a first-year graduate student in International Media. She is very excited to spend the semester as an editorial intern with NPR’s education team. 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 an avid traveler and has visited 20 different countries. Her most recent experience in the fall of 2013 took her to Madrid, Spain for a year to work as an assistant English teacher. She has previously interned with the metro desk at Newsday and the features desk at U-T San Diego. In the future, Candice plans to work in multimedia production covering international human rights.


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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 spring, Richard returns to USA Today with the College team with plans of bringing video and a multitude of fresh ideas to this section of the company. He enjoyed his past semester with their video production department, and continues his motion time-lapse, video, and photography work with District 7 media. He plans on entering production on his final thesis film this semester, and you can connect with Richard on Twitter/Instagram @richardtfields.



Durango Herald
Michael Cipriano

Michael Cipriano is a senior in the print journalism program. He will be the Dean’s intern for the Durango Herald during the spring semester. A Long Island native, Michael has interned for RealClearPolitics, Fox News, and GCN. He is also a contributor for The College Fix a former politics editor of AU’s The American Word. He hopes to one day continue his journalism career in the fields of either politics or sports.

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NBC4 - Washington
James Doubek

James Doubek is a graduate student in broadcast journalism. This spring he is covering local news for Last semester he interned at the Voice of America's TV to Africa division. Prior to attending American University, he worked at SiriusXM Satellite Radio and other radio stations for six years as a producer and associate producer. He has interned or done volunteer work with DCTV, DC Vote, WPFW and Youth for Understanding. After graduation, he hopes to work in multimedia journalism.


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Sophie Barnes

Sophia Barnes decided she wanted to be a journalist when she saw Lisa Ling’s documentary Inside North Korea in an eighth grade social studies class. At American, she majors in journalism and economics. She has worked at the J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism and The National Parks Conservation Association, produced her own podcast, and written for The Eagle. This semester she works at the AU library New Media Center and is the editorial intern at, where she covers public media. Sophia plans to pursue a career in economic and data journalism.

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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.

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National Geographic
Maeghan Crociata

Maeghan Crociata is a senior in the Kogod School of Business pursuing a BSBA with a unique, interdisciplinary specialization in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, and minoring in Communications and Spanish Language. This semester, Maeghan will be interning with National Geographic in the Ad Sales Marketing and Partnerships Department. When she isn’t in class or interning, Maeghan is involved with Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity, as well as Sigma Delta Tau, a social sorority. She is also a Resident Assistant for Hughes Hall and a Peer Consultant at the Kogod Center for Career Development. Maeghan is very excited to start her internship with National Geographic this semester and have the opportunity to delve deeper into the opportunities and programming that SOC has to offer.

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National Geographic
Leah Jereb

A junior Public Communication major, Leah is thrilled to be interning as National Geographic's Communications Assistant this semester. After studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark last fall, Leah returns with international experience working with clients in the Copenhagen area for whom she designed print, video, and social media marketing campaigns. Leah has developed a diverse skill set working with smaller companies in Washington, DC, including a tech startup and boutique PR firm. She is excited to bring her experience to National Geographic and work in a more corporate public relations and communications environment. On campus, Leah is involved in AU's premiere all-female a cappella group, Treble in Paradise, Social Media Club, and is a proud member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. 

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Katherine Parody

Katie Parody, a native of Midland Park, N.J., is a junior at AU majoring in Film &Media Arts with a minor in Marketing. She is excited to be this spring's Assistant Video Production Intern within the Broadcasting Department of the Newseum. She has previously interned for Heavy Contrast Film Productions, working both on set and in post production. Katie has had a passion for film from a young age and aims to pursue a career in production or as a screenwriter on feature films and television.

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WAMU 88.5
Eleanor Greene

Eleanor is a senior journalism major with a minor in creative writing. She is the editor-in-chief of AWOL Magazine, which is a long-form investigative journalistic magazine on AU's campus. She's also a writer for SpoonAU, a student web publication about food. At WAMU, Eleanor is the digital media intern, working in the newsroom on breaking news and feature-length reporting projects for web. You can see her work in her portfolio at

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WAMU 88.5
Rebecca Grushkin

Rebecca Grushkin is currently a senior studying Film & Media Arts and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies. In the past she has interned at Discovery Channel where she worked in the Digital Content department and at the non-profit Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS). Most recently Rebecca interned at Afterhours Productions, a division of Gigantic Pictures in NYC. Rebecca has a passion for photography and writing as well as a deep interest in women's advocacy issues. During the schoolyear Rebecca DJs her own radio show on WVAU on Saturdays from 4-6pm EST. She is also a contributing writer for American University's chapter of Her Campus. Click here to see her portfolio or Flikr profile.

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NBC4 - Washington
Erica Weinstein

Erica Weinstein is a junior at American University majoring in Public Communication, with a minor in Marketing. During Spring 2015, she will be interning for the Sports Department at NBC4 Washington. Growing up in Boston, Massachusetts, she grew a love and passion for sports, which only affirmed her desire to apply and further develop her writing and communications skills to both sports journalism and broadcasting. She has previously interned at WEEI Sports Radio Station in Boston, The London Basketball Association during her time abroad in the UK, and she even writes her own basketball blog. Working at NBC4 is an exciting next chapter in her AU and personal development experience that will certainly serve her well in her future endeavors.

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