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Amelia Young

Communication Studies student Amelia Young will be spending her summer interning at Seacrest Studios in Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, which is part of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

Seacrest Studios

The purpose of the Secrest Studios, which have been put in children's hospitals around the country, is to give hospitalized children and teens an opportunity to experience radio, television, and new media. Radio and TV programs are produced in the studios and “broadcast” to the children's rooms if they are unable to come down and see a live show. A great thing about the studio, in addition to how much it impacts the children, is its mission to provide college students with first-hand experience in producing broadcast programming and in operating a multimedia center. Seacrest Studios brings in celebrities to interview on air as well as patients. Celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus are just a few who regularly visit the Secrest sudios around the country. 

“My job as an intern is to help run the studio with my team and program manager,” said Young. “I will have a 30 minute radio show that I get to plan and host. But, the studio does more than radio. There are weekly karaoke battles between the doctors from the hospital as well as science experiments performed by students from the area. I will get to work hands on with interviewing celebrities and patients on air as well as helping run all the activities.” 

Young went on to say, “As a former patient of Vanderbilt Children's Hospital (VCH) and as someone who has been following Ryan Secrest and his success for years, I was very excited when I found out that VCH was getting a Seacrest Studio. I jumped at the opportunity to become an intern here because it provides a unique, hands-on experience that would be impossible to find anywhere else!” 

For Young and many CCI students like her, internship experiences are a critical part of gaining the experience required to help land their first jobs.  According to a May 2015 Washington Post article, 70 to 80 percent of all new hires for big companies come through their internship programs compared to about half or less just a decade ago. Here is a partial list of CCI students and their summer 2016 internships.

Advertising & Public Relations
Andrea Arreaza - Erwin Penland NYC, New York, NY

Lindsey Balthrop – UT Office of Communication & Marketing, Knoxville, TN

Meredith Box – Metro Drug Coalition, Knoxville, TN; Office of Congressman Phil Roe, Washington, DC

Addison Edwards – Metro Drug Coalition, Knoxville, TN

Collin Gatlin – Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Knoxville, TN

Krista Gilbert - MullenLowe, Winston-Salem, NC

Aya Harasawa – Metro Drug Coalition, Knoxville, TN

Hunter Harris – East Tennessee Quality Growth, Knoxville, TN; Style by Wendy, virtual assignment

Kaylyn Harris – DDB NYC, New York, NY

Alexa Kavahaugh – The Tombras Group, Knoxville, TN

Cynthia Lozano – Knox Ridge Apartments, Knoxville, TN

Tiffany Mangione - Y&R NYC, New York, NY

Sarah Mynatt – Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, Knoxville, TN

Katherine Nanney – Casa de Sara, Knoxville, TN

Anna Safren – Fermata Partners, Atlanta, GA

Lowell Shull – Tombras, Knoxville, TN

Phoebe Spooner – BOHAN, Nashville, TN

Timmy Strini – The Tombras Group, Knoxville, TN

Connor Thompson - Y&R NYC, New York, NY

Alex Tombul - Y&R NYC, New York, NY

Kacey Townsend – Helen Ross McNabb Center, Knoxville, TN

Millie Tunnell – BOHAN, Nashville, TN

Ashley Walker – TVA, Knoxville, TN

Courtney Walker – Scripps Networks Interactive, Knoxville, TN


Communication Studies

Madeline Fancher - American Family Insurance

Toni Flake - Volunteer Internship Program in Canada offered by Latitude International Education Inc. and Experience Education LLC

Bridgette Givand - New York Rangers Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Elyse Kolbaba - The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Tiffany Mangione - PENCIL Foundation, Nashville, TN

Emily Palmer - Red 11 Music, Nashville, TN

Ivy Rhodes - Artist & Brand Management, Los Angeles, CA

Jessica Rosenberg - American Cancer Society, Knoxville, TN

Beverly Cartter Stout - BPCM (Fashion PR Company), New York, NY

Colbie Taylor - Reach, LLC, Nashville, TN

Amelia Young - Seacrest Studios at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville, TN


Journalism and Electronic Media

Chelsea Antone - WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN

Haley Burton - WRCB-TV, Chattanooga, TN

Danielle Clark - Home Shopping Network, St. Petersburg, FL

Chandler Condrone - IRTS Fellow and Intern at Bloomberg Media in NYC, New York, NY

Joshua Deepan - Second City Productions, Chicago, IL

Kelsey Funderburg - WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN

Ross Goodman - ESPN, Bristol, CT

Ashley Harper - WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN

McClean Long - WKLY-TV, Louisville, KY

Michelle Manus - WKRN-TV, Nashville, TN

Madison McCoy - DPRA, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN

Evan Meredith - Hip Media, Sydney, Australia

Seth Norris - WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN

Sonja Romines - WATE-TV, Knoxville, TN

Sage Speaks - Scripps Howard Foundation Intern at Fox News, New York, NY

Brianna Williams - WTVC-TV, Chattanooga, TN

Bliss Zechman - Scripps Howard Intern, WTVC-TV, Chattanooga, TN


Information Sciences

April Alexander - Knox County Archives, Knoxville, TN

Xiaopeng "Patricia" Bao - UT Hodges Library, Knoxville, TN

Kathryn Brooks - UT Pride Center/Special Collections, Knoxville, TN

Christin Burwell - University of Richmond Libraries, Knoxville, TN

Janelle Cleaves - Knox County Public Library Powell Branch, Knoxville, TN

Kelsey "Kittie" Crittenden - Y-12 Visual Assets Library, Oak Ridge, TN

Abbey Elder - UT Hodges Library, Knoxville, TN

Bonnie Finn - UT Hodges Library, Knoxville, TN

Sarah Johnson: Pellissippi State Community & Technical College, Knoxville, TN

Rebecca McCusker - UT Law Library, Knoxville, TN

Ashley Vavra - University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

David Whittaker - Y-12 Visual Assets Library, Oak Ridge, TN