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Summer 2015 Dean's Interns


Durango Herald
Mariam Baksh

Mariam Baksh is covering the Colorado delegation and national stories of interest to the Durango Herald’s audience in southwest Colorado this summer. She’s on the investigative track of the master’s program in journalism and public affairs and spent the last year working as a graduate researcher with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. She also has bylines in The Washington Post and AU’s long-form magazine AWOL. Before coming to American she worked as communications deputy for Environment America. She has a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism with an outside concentration in art and art history and is committed to producing journalism that goes beyond the surface, particularly on matters of freedom and democracy.



Anthony Brunner

Anthony Brunner is a 28 year old MFA candidate at American University. After working in the areas of public policy and social services, Brunner is interested in examining clashes between societal constructs and the human condition.   He has previously worked on a variety of pieces including Koobi Fora: Lessons From Deep Time and Food Not Bombs: Combating Food Waste by Feeding the Planet.



NBC4 Washington
Alicia Burgess

Alicia Burgess is a rising senior double majoring in Film and Media Arts and Business Administration with a specialization in marketing. She is excited to return to D.C. for the summer interning in the Advertising and Promotions department at NBC4 after spending the spring semester studying film abroad at FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic. Alicia has previously interned at MDB Communications, and works part time at Crate and Barrel, both in Washington, D.C. After graduation, she hopes to use both her Communications and Business degrees to go into commercial advertisement production.



Interface Media Group
McKinnon de Kuyper

McKinnon de Kuyper is a junior majoring in Communication Media and Foreign Language (Broadcast Journalism and French), with a minor in International Studies. She is thrilled to be interning at Interface Media Group this summer. Currently, she works as a videographer for Academic Multimedia Services. Previously, she has interned at Hot Sun Foundation and Film School in Nairobi, Kenya and at Rethink Media in Washington, D.C. In addition, she has served as the Technology and Communications Chair for the Professional Foreign Service Sorority and as an Undergraduate Academic Assistant to the SIS Deans. Throughout her professional experiences and SOC course work, she has developed a diverse skill set that she looks forward to utilizing at IMG. When not immersed in Adobe Premiere or Dreamweaver, McKinnon can be found on her longboard or doing arts and crafts. 

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James Doubek

James Doubek is a graduate student in broadcast journalism. This summer he is interning at NPR's Washington Desk, covering politics and government. He has previously interned with the digital team at NBC4 and at Voice of America's TV to Africa division. Prior to attending American University, he worked at SiriusXM Satellite Radio and other radio stations as a producer and associate producer. He has interned or done volunteer work with DCTV, DC Vote, WPFW and Youth for Understanding. He hopes to work in multimedia journalism covering national security and foreign policy.


Discovery Communications
Carly Ferreira

Carly Ferreira is an undergraduate student studying public communications and international business. She will be the Dean's intern for Discovery Communications' agency rotational internship. Last semester, she interned at Wakefield Research as their marketing 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.


Henry Schneider

Henry Schneider is a 2015 graduate of American University, wherehe majored in political science, minored in communication, and earned generalUniversity Honors. He will be an editorial intern for this summeras part of the Dean's Intern program. His past experiences include working as apress intern for Senator Maria Cantwell, serving pizza and beer on CapitolHill, and leading tours of Washington, D.C. Eventually he hopes to work inpolitical communication, political reporting, public relations or sportsreporting. He would also consider law school down the line.



USA Today
Shannon Scovel

As a varsity swimmer for AU and the current Editor-in-Chief of the Eagle, Shannon hopes to turn her love of journalism and athletics into a career in the sports journalism field. This summer, she will be working as a collegiate correspondent for USA Today and is looking forward to adding to her writing portfolio. Shannon, a rising junior journalism student, is also an ambassador for the School of Communication and a member of Team USA Triathlon. Before attending AU, Shannon covered high school sports as a correspondent for the News and Observer in Cary, North Carolina.


Animal Planet
Hannah Sedgwick

Hannah is entering her final year of the BA/MA Strategic Communication program. This summer, she'll be the Public Relations Intern with Animal Planet at Discovery Communications. She's thrilled to learn about public relations from the network side and work with the amazing team at Animal Planet. 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 graduation, Hannah aspires to a career in public relations in the media and entertainment industry. 


Smithsonian Institution
Nick Zachar

Nick is a graduate student studying Film and Electronic Media in the School of Communication. He joined the Smithsonian Institution in November 2014 and became a Dean's Intern this summer. He will enter his final year of graduate school this fall.