Communication Studies

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Whitworth Junior Selected for CNN Summer Internship

Junior Emily Brandler is about to achieve her childhood dream of working at CNN. She has been selected to serve as a summer intern at the corporation's headquarters in Atlanta from June 1 to July 31.

Brandler will work as a production assistant for CNN's Weekend Primetime News program, produced by Whitworth alumna Jen Pifer, '92, whom Brandler met when Pifer was teaching Politics and Media at Whitworth during Jan Term 2004.

"I am so excited about and so grateful for this internship," Brandler says. "This internship means that I can gain experience with broadcast news media on a national level, an opportunity few others my age are given."

Brandler's duties will include conducting research about story topics, gathering information about current events, pulling tapes to be used for the show and coming up with story ideas.

A general communication major and political studies minor, Brandler says her Whitworth liberal arts education has allowed her to receive a well-rounded base of knowledge and skills.

"This education has given me the skills to apply to a wide section of activities," Brandler says. "Although nothing can fully prepare you for an experience like this, I know I have cultivated a solid foundation at Whitworth, in terms of academics, social skills, and spiritual growth."

Brandler is interested in working in some aspect of the media, but also hopes to be involved politically in some way.

"This internship means that I can see if this is where God is leading me in the future," Brandler says. "I expect it to be a time of enormous personal growth, as I will be in a new place with new people working with one of the biggest news organization in the world."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls more than 2,200 students in 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

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