Networking Leads to Competitive Internship for Graduate Student

Posted: April 21, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Francis Cordero, a graduate student in the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS): Video Production Program, is the first Mason student to be offered a highly competitive paid internship with American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) at their headquarters in McLean, Va.

Susan Kehoe, director of Mason’s Educational Media Services, received 10 tickets to the March AWRT Annual Leadership Summit that was held in Washington, D.C. Kehoe gave the tickets away to students who either work for GMU-TV or who are students in her COMM 355 Video I or COMM 363 Advanced Media Production classes. Cordero received one of these tickets.

Attending the conference gave students the opportunity to network with leaders in the media profession. Cordero introduced herself to Amy Lotz, managing director of AWRT, and it was through this connection that Cordero was offered the internship.

The internship runs May through August 2008. Cordero has been told she may have the opportunity to work in the areas of encouraging women in broadcasting, event planning, legislation and policy issues, as well as video production.

“I am extremely excited to take part in this internship with AWRT,” says Cordero. “It is a great opportunity to work with people in television in the area. I hope to encourage more students to take part and volunteer at these events, and hopefully next year several George Mason students will be interns at AWRT.”

Cordero received her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies–creative writing from the University of Central Florida. She currently works for GMU-TV 18 hours per week. Her professional interests include making educational documentaries and developing methods for easier distribution of documentary films.

Cordero is also in the process of starting a student chapter of American Women in Radio and Television along with a fellow student, Mikella Ross.

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