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Spring 2016 Dean's Interns

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Teta Alim

Teta Alim is a senior double majoring in political science and foreign language and communication media. Her concentration in foreign language and communication media is French and broadcast journalism. She was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, grew up in upstate New York and has studied abroad in Australia and England. Teta is excited to return as a Dean's Intern for NBC4-Washington in the digital department. She has written for WAMU's Bandwidth and was web editor and radio DJ of AU's WVAU.

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Sophia Barnes

Sophia Barnes is a senior at American University double majoring in Journalism and Economics. Currently, she is a Dean's Intern at NBC-Washington, where she writes stories for the web. She has interned at the newspaper as well as the Senate Budget Committee Minority Office, the National Parks Conservation Association and J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism. You can find Sophia working in the library's New Media Center, indulging in Dangerously Delicious Pies, or playing board games. After she graduates, Sophia wants to travel and launch her career in economic and business journalism.

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Discovery Communications
Charlotte Bergmann

Charlotte Bergmann is a senior majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication and minoring in Spanish Language. As a Dean's Intern at Discovery Communciations, Charlotte is working in the Corporate Communications department.  Charlotte is also the 2015-2016 Margery Kraus Scholar for the Study of Global Communications and Public Affairs. Charlotte has held a variety of diverse communications internships over her academic career, including positions at HARMAN International, the New America Foundation and mtvU. Charlotte also studied abroad in Madrid for the Spring 2015 semester and worked at a boutique marketing firm as the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Maria del Carmen Caballero Scholarship for Study Abroad in Spain. In her free time, Charlotte is an active member of the AU Chamber Singers, Alpha Xi Delta and AU PRSSA.


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National Geographic
Alicia Burgess

Alicia Burgess is excited to finish her last semester at AU with her third Dean's Internship. She is a senior double majoring in Film and Media Arts and Business Administration with a specialization in marketing. Last semester, she enjoyed a unique experience at National Geographic Channel as they were acquired by Fox, and is looking forward to continuing seeing what changes will happen in the Creative department this spring. Alicia has previously interned at NBC4-Washington in the Advertising and Promotions department and MDB Communications, both in Washington, DC. After graduation, Alicia hopes to use both her communication and business degrees to go into commercial advertisement production.


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Discovery Communications
McKinnon de Kuyper

McKinnon de Kuyper is a senior majoring in Communication Media and Foreign Language (Broadcast Journalism and French), with a minor in International Studies. She is thrilled to be interning at Discovery this Spring.  Previously, she was a Dean's Intern at Interface Media Group.  She has also interned at Hot Sun Foundation and Film School in Nairobi, Kenya and Rethink Media in D.C. On campus, she works a a videographer and editor for Academic Multimedia Services. Her love for production started young, performing in her first musical at 5 years old. Although she no longer aspires to be on stage or in front of the camera, she thrives behind the scenes. She is excited to contribute her diverse skill set to Discovery.  When not immersed in a project, McKinnon can be found on her WVAU show (Thursdays at 10 a.m.) or doing arts and crafts.


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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. Last fall she interned with the design team at USA Today's newsroom. This semester she is continuing her internship at USA TODAY for a second time, creating compelling graphics and videos with the design team. 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. She will be graduating from AU in Spring 2016 and would like to work as a motion graphics artist and animator in the marketing and branding sector.


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Brooke Evans

Brooke Evans is a junior studying broadcast journalism with a minor in justice. This spring, she will be interning at NBC4-Washington on its digital desk, writing content for At AU, Brooke serves as the Administration and Local News Editor for The Eagle, is a lifeguard at Reeves Aquatic Center and is a member of the club field hockey team.

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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.

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Benjamin Fall

Benjamin Fall is a junior in the School of Communication pursuing a BA in Film & Media Arts with a minor in Graphic Design. He has previously interned at Rebel Arts and NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. He currently serves as the Programming Director at American University Television. He is excited to work at the Newseum for the Spring 2016 semester.


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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.


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Interface Media Group
Chelsea Greene

Chelsea Greene is a senior double majoring in Film and Media Arts and Psychology and is enrolled in the MFA program at AU for next year. She spent the fall semester studying abroad in Australia where she worked at a music studio in Melbourne making music videos and audio technology educational videos for an Australia-wide school program. While in Australia, she also traveled to New Zealand to fulfill her passion for skiing and went scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef. Chelsea loves studying psychology and neuroscience and hopes to incorporate that knowledge into her film and video career, improving lives and the environment.

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Ellie Hartleb

Ellie Hartleb is a sophomore majoring in print journalism with a minor in education studies. This spring, she will be working for the editorial division of USA TODAY. Ellie spent the summer and fall semester interning for Washington Parent magazine, where she covered topics including education, local news and health. Her work has also appeared online for NPR's health blog, NPR Shots. After graduation, Ellie hopes to continue to pursue a career that combines her interests in writing, digital media and education.


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The Washington Post
Derek Hawkins

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. He was part of The Post team that won the 2015 Polk Award 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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Shannon Lawrence

Shannon Lawrence is an 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 in 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.

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Jacquie Lee

Jacquie Lee is a junior interning at NPR for the education team. She is double majoring in journalism and Arab world studies. Last semester she studied abroad in Amman, Jordan and worked as an editor and reporter for The Jordan Times. In the past she has also worked with Street Sense, News2Share and in the press office for Senator Rob Portman. Eventually she hopes to become an investigative reporter with focuses on the Middle East.


Maddi Pariser

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Maddi Pariser

Maddi Pariser is a senior majoring in Print Journalism and minoring in International Studies.  She is excited to be using her skills in exhibit and development at the Newseum. Last semester she interned for the Digital Team at NBC4 Washington and also 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.  


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Paige Rodgers

Paige Rodgers is a Production Assistant Intern at the Newseum in Washington, DC through the AU Dean's Internship program. Paige is a sophomore majoring in Film and Media Arts with a minor in Anthropology. She is a member of AU's student-run TV station, ATV, where she holds the positions of Internal Operations Manager and Producer of the ATV Show, "ATV Beats." Paige is a Video Contributor to the national online college food website, Spoon University. Her popular recipe videos have attracted as many as 160,000 views for Spoon University. Paige has a passion for videography and using the power of well-crafted video to shed light on important issues through effective story-telling. She cannot wait to continue learning and to build on her skills during her time at the Newseum.

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Discovery Communications
Hannah Sedgwick

Hannah Sedgwick is in her final year of the BA/MA Strategic Communication program. She is excited to be continuing her internship at Discovery Communications with the Science Channel. Last fall she worked as a public relations intern with Animal Planet. She has also interned at Discovery as a PR intern in Discovery Education and consumer products. In Spring 2014 she was a 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.

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