Internship Profiles

Emma Everitt

Emma Everitt '21

When: Spring 2020
Where: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
Major: Communication Studies

During her time at the National Endowment for the Arts, Emma served as an intern in the Office of Public Affairs. Some of her responsibilities included tracking agency media coverage, creating media lists tailored to agency programs, transcribing podcast interviews, conducting interviews, and drafting articles for the NEA's magazine, American Artscape, and the Art Works blog. This internship helped give her more insight into strategic communication and how those principles are applied in the context of a large non-profit organization. More personally, she learned that wherever her career takes her, she wants to do work that is meaningful or has a greater purpose. She felt she connected with the NEA's mission to support arts projects across our nation, which helped her feel invested in her work.

Connor Hopkins

Connor Hopkins '21

When: Summer 2019
Where: KTTC TV/MyFOX47, Rochester, Minnesota
Majors: Visual Communication, Communication Studies, Minor in Journalism

Connor's role at this internship was "Quintern", which is an intern for Quincy Media, who owns the station. In that role, he pitched, filmed, wrote, edited, and produced stories for their on-air newscasts. He worked as a multimedia journalist, doing everything but being an on-air personality. During the internship, Connor learned the business of broadcast journalism in a hands-on way, and from that built a reel of stories that made the air for the Southeastern Minnesota market. In addition to learning the skills of being a broadcast journalist, he also learned how to work in the professional setting with a team, and with the members of the community to help tell their stories.

Annika Johnson

Annika Johnson '20

When: Summer 2019
Where: National Sports Center, Blaine MN
Major: Communication Studies (Visual Communication Minor)

Annika was the Video Production Intern. She worked within the marketing department to help create and distribute video, photo and text based content to put out on social media platforms as well as the blog. Over the course of the summer she shot, edited, and produced over 20 videos highlighting events on campus and promoting camps, tournaments, milestones and fundraisers for the NSC. She also had the opportunity to photograph two Minnesota United games for the NSC and my photos were featured on the NSC social media pages.

Her biggest takeaway was the creative freedom that she was allowed during the course of the summer. Some of the videos she worked on included professional MLS soccer players and others she and a coworker interviewed dogs on camera. She learned how to turn videos around quickly and use software to create graphics for videos.