Intern Diaries

Each semester, School of Media and Public Affairs undergraduates participate in life-changing internships around the Washington D.C. area and beyond. Below are essays written by interns about their exciting experiences at television networks, on Capitol Hill, at non-profit organizations, and at start-ups.

Ellie Smith

My Road to the 'Running of the Interns'

July 13, 2017

From the National Press Club to the Supreme Court plaza, my road to joining “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace“ as an intern is a journey only an SMPA student could experience.

Lande Watson

Intern Diary: Lande Watson at the Department of Justice

January 04, 2017

Lande Watson, PCM '18, expected to read through an intern manual and maybe help with some research on her first day as a speechwriting intern at the Department of Justice. Instead, she was assigned a speech for Attorney General Loretta Lynch due at the end of the day.

Jessica Pitocco

Jessica Pitocco

October 12, 2016

Jessica Pitocco (BA '18) reflects on her internship at Florence University of the Arts where she wrote and edited content for the university magazine, newsletter, blog and social media channels.

Thomas Falcigno image

Intern Diary: Thomas Falcigno with AARP

August 09, 2016

When people hear the company name AARP, they usually think of two things, discounts and old people.

Ariana Mushnick at her internship with Vox Media

Intern Diary: Ariana Mushnick with

March 31, 2016

10 years ago -- even less -- it may have sounded crazy that there would be a whole team dedicated to social media and audience engagement in a newsroom, yet alone a social media intern and most rec

Sara Dougherty's headshot

Intern Diary: Sara Dougherty with Jamestown Associates

March 18, 2016

During election cycles it is practically impossible to escape the endless campaign advertisements, commercials, and political reporting.

Samantha Sorbaro speaks with a public official

Intern Diary Q &A: Samantha Sorbaro with TellDC

March 09, 2016

Tell us a little about yourself?

Julia Bahl on the "Work it Worth It" panel.

Intern Diary: Julia Bahl with PBS and the Women's Media Center

October 29, 2015

I was asked to be a part of “Worth It Work It,” a website dedicated to encouraging women to pursue a career in the media.

Chris Evans

Intern Diary: Chris Evans with White House Digital Media

August 20, 2015

From the glossy admissions packets to the exciting first year orientation, SMPA students are continually told that their school is only five blocks from the White House. Well, it turns out they weren’t exaggerating.

Myles Goldman

Myles Goldman, PCM '15, at Sage Communications

April 09, 2015

I have Metro’s Silver Line to thank for my public relations internship at Sage Communications.

Laura Shuey-Kostelac's MA '15 Intern Diary GWU SMPA

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Intersection of Media and Government

September 29, 2014

I arrived for my first day as an intern in the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice amidst a flurry of activity, phone calls, and media arrivals.

Kevin Frey, Journalism and Mass Communication Major '15

Intern Diary: Kevin Frey at Cox Media Group

August 28, 2014

During the summer of 2014, I had the incredible chance to intern in the D.C. Bureau for Cox Media Group.  Now the first thing you may ask is, “What’s Cox?”  Good question.

Aysia Woods at the Revenge Wears Prada book launch

Intern Diary: Aysia Woods at Washington Life Magazine

January 15, 2014

By Aysia Woods
JMC Minor '15

Marianna Sotomayor at CNN

Intern Diary: Marianna Sotomayor at CNN

December 04, 2013

By Marianna Sotomayor
PCM ’15

Intern Diary: Anna Fodero on Capitol Hill

Intern Diary: Anna Fodero on Capitol Hill

September 11, 2013

By Anna Fodero
PCM '14