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Stephanie Flowers


Name: Stephanie Flowers

Major: Journalism

Hometown: Derry, Pa

Internship placement:   The California Focus, California, PA 

Your internship title:  Associate Editor

How did you find your internship?
I've written for them for almost 2 years, and the owner of the newspaper told me they were looking for a new intern.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?
I write three articles a month, edit other writers' articles and announcements, and gather information for announcements.

What is the best part of your internship?
All of the practical experience I am getting is the best part.  In the journalism field, you need to write a lot to get better, and that's what this internship is helping me do. Also, Carla and Roger, the owners of the newspaper, are the nicest people and they really have my best interests in mind.

What are the top two things you have learned?
Never underestimate the importance of editing and re-editing.
Be patient with your sources, especially when they are playing hard to get. Your story depends on it.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?
Of course!!

A quote regarding your internship experience?
"The last three months have been such an enlightening experience.  I have learned so many different aspects of my field, and I have fallen even more in love with journalism."

Matthew Bohn - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Major: Creative Writing/Journalism
 
Internship placement: The United States Department of Health and Human Services

Your internship title: Web Communications Division, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, US Department of Health & Human Services
  
How did you find your internship?
A friend told me that he was applying to The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.  I did some research and decided that this would be a great opportunity.
 
What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?
I have to create three different sections for the homepage, www.hhs.gov:  Health Tip of the Week, Test Your Health IQ, and Of Interest.  These have to be updated weekly.  I check for daily press releases and updates on the Pandemic Flu website, http://www.pandemicflu.gov/index.html.  The Secretary writes his own blogs and reports, which I help to edit.  My biggest project was working with the careers website.  I helped to edit, remove and add information that would help those applying for a job with HHS.
 
What is the best part of your internship?
I really enjoy the people I work with.  From day 1, they have made me comfortable, like I was a part of the team.  I have been involved in different meetings, training sessions, and conference calls that have really given me a deeper look into how things work.
 
What are the top two things you have learned?
I learned how to use a Web Content Management System, which allowed me to update things for the website on my own.  Once I learned the basics, other employees showed me little tricks that helped me to do even more with the system.  Through a speaker at The Washington Center, I learned that there are collegiate courses on peace, which Cal does not offer.
 
Would you recommend this internship to someone else?
Yes.  Through this program you become involved in volunteer work, get the opportunity to hear prominent people speak for free, get the opportunity to live and work in and around the nation's capitol, have tons of chances to network with fellow peers or established professionals who can benefit your future, and take a college class from some of the top professors from around the world.
  
A quote from you regarding your internship experience?
This is not only an internship; it is a life experience.  Through this experience my eyes have been opened.  There is a great world outside of little California, even Pittsburgh, that is waiting for us.