1. When did you first become aware of “The Washington Center?”
I had an alumni representative come speak to my senior capstone class spring quarter last year, and he talked about his personal experience interning at The Department of Justice. He mentioned all of his experiences with going to protest rallies and meeting new people, all of which seemed really interesting, and I wasted no time and attended the informational session he held in Patterson, and I guess the rest is history. 2. What did you have to do in order to get your internship?
Just like a university, I had to apply. I wrote several essays, had to have three letters of recommendation and a resumé. Once you get accepted, the hard part starts. You are assigned to a department advisor depending on your program and they send your résumé out to different agencies that are seeking interns. I, myself, applied to ABC News, BET (Black Entertainment Television), USA Today, Double R Productions and CBS News, all of which you have to write several essays and have two to three recommendations on hand. 3. I assume studying in the nation’s capital is different than studying in Cheney, Washington. How much of a shift was it when you first moved to the East Coast?
It was definitely a different feeling interning in such a big city, it’s almost a culture shock. Everyone seems really serious. Even riding on the subway, everyone reads The Washington Post and keeps to their selves, but I love it. On any given day you’ll see people protesting down the street. It’s crazy. I think being here has made me more aware of the issues happening in the world. I read the newspaper daily, chat with different people and share my concerns/issue on what [is] happening today. I find that really enlightening. 4. If someone were to ask you what “The Washington Center” was how would you explain it to them?
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. 5. Your internship is with Double R Productions. What type of company is that, and what made you decide to choose that particular one?
Double R Productions is a Washington, D.C.-based company specializing in providing custom-tailored video solutions for corporations, associations and government entities. The reason I chose to intern with Double R is because it focuses on production and video: two things I can see myself doing in the future. Also, public relations is definitely one of the hardest fields to get a job in, and I think by doing this internship I’m setting myself apart from all the college graduates who majored in PR. This internship has taught me how to work with cameras, edit videos and create an image piece for clients, none of which I would have known how to do if it was not for Double R Productions. 6. What kind of work does Double R Productions do?
Double R Productions is a full service communications firm specializing in film, television and all manner of media productions in Washington, D.C. Projects include service announcements, original programming, non-broadcasting production for corporate/non-profit organizations and government agencies as well as video news releases and commercials.7. Describe a day working at Double R Productions
Usually, the other interns and I check our daily e-mails to see what events/protest or conferences are going on in the city. Then we have a staff meeting with our boss to see what our next assignment is, [it] usually turns into a shoot day where the other interns and I go out on assignment with cameras and begin shooting. Actually, a couple of weeks ago we shot a health care march near downtown D.C. Then, around 2 p.m., we came back to the office and began logging what we shot, creating a script and beginning the stages of editing and forming a video. 8. You also take a class once a week. What type of class do you take and is it hard to balance that with your work schedule?
I take a class at the Associated Press building called, “Media, Ethics and the Movie.” It examines the past and current films involving journalists and the way they conducted getting their stories. Whether it’s ethical or unethical is what we examine. Our professor for the class is the Executive Editor for the AP so it’s interesting to hear her thoughts on the films and share her own personal experiences with news stories. 9. Are you involved in any politics at all, seeing as your internship is in Washington D.C.?
Like I mentioned before, I filmed a health care march for my internship, and that was a great experience in itself. 10. What PR work do you find excited or enjoyable?
Public relations is such a broad term when explaining a field, but I think entertainment PR is what I find enjoyable. I love event planning. I’m in the midst of planning a holiday party for my company, and I love the whole process, from writing press releases to making media list. It really is a great experience.11. What type of students do you recommend looking into this program?Students who are seeking a real life, hands-on, professional experience should look into The Washington Center. I truly think I’m coming back to Cheney as a different person. I think The Washington Center is an amazing program that molds students for the better. 12. Do you plan for a career in PR work? If you could pick an organization to work for, which one would it be?
I do plan on having a career in PR; I think I would like to focus on entertainment PR. I really enjoy working with people, taking their visions/ideas and implementing [them] into reality, and that, for me, is the best feeling because you’re seeing all your hard work paying off.