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From the City of Angels to the City that Never Sleeps: Elon continues programs in New York, Los Angeles

April 1, 2010

The School of Communications has launched and revitalized two summer domestic internship programs the last two years. Students are able to spend nine weeks in either Los Angeles or New York, where they live, learn and intern.

Elon in LA

Marilyn McIntyre works with students in LA.

Marilyn McIntyre works with students in LA.

The Los Angeles program started in the summer of 2008 and continued last summer, with 38 students making the cross-country trek to the entertainment capital of the world. In the past, students have interned at places such as Fremantle Media, Inside Edition, Evolution Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Hollywood Life Magazine and E! Entertainment. Students are able to choose from courses that center on production, acting, business and PR.

Listen to Joanne Bateman talk about Elon and LA experiences.

Students also connect with alumni living in Los Angeles. The alums mentor undergraduate students while they’re still learning a new city and becoming invested in their internships.

Watch Kristin Hegel ’06 and Tim Johnson ’09 talk about the mentorship experience.

Lauren Kenney ’11 discusses her experience with the Elon in LA mentorship program.

To read more about the Elon in L.A. program, click the links below:

Elon in NYC

Elon in NYC

Elon in NYC

The School of Communications offered a revamped Elon in New York City program this summer that began in June with a few new twists and turns to enhance students’ internship experiences. Students completed internships in the Big Apple and took a course called The Streets of New York, which was taught by three Elon faculty and staff members.

In addition to the internships, students received affordable housing and mentoring opportunities with hundreds of Elon alumni and parents who work in businesses that focus on the arts, marketing, public relations, advertising, investments, banking, journalism and more.

Students accepted to the program were excited about the opportunities.

Jacquelyn DiNick, a senior Broadcast Journalism major, had already secured an internship with the CBS institution “60 Minutes,” so she was already planning on interning in New York in the summer. But she saw the Elon in NYC program as a fantastic way to complement her internship experience.

“I took Elon in New York as a supplement to my ‘60 Minutes’ internship,” she said. “I knew I wanted to have an internship in New York long before this program existed. But by doing this, I’m really immersing myself in the history of New York City. I’m getting a sense of the big picture.”

Former Communications Associate Dean Connie Book said the program enhanced students’ internship experiences.

“I hope this program takes a student’s internship experience and moves it from 50 percent to 100 percent. By studying the impact of New York City on life in America, in tandem with a professional internship experience, I think students will be highly engaged in a transformative experience.”

To read more about the Elon in NYC program, click the links below:

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