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Internships: UT Networking and Beyond

Gilbert and Hathaway

Each year, a number of CCI students intern with companies to get on-the-job experience in their chosen field. Often these internships are found at companies with a UT connection. 

A recent example of the effectiveness of UT to UT networking involves senior ADV major Kristalee Gilbert and new UT alum, Joey Hathaway (BS/ADV ’15). Hathaway, who has hit the ground running at his new job with Grey in NYC by working on the Volvo account, sent an email in late May to two of his advertising professors, Robyn Blakeman and Eric Haley, to let them know about a ten week Project Management Internship at Grey that would start on June 1. Blakeman and Haley got the word out, and Gilbert jumped on the opportunity. As a result, she got the internship and is spending the summer in NYC! 

“Internships have become even more critical during the most recent economic downturn,” said ADV Professor Eric Haley. “Agencies want to ensure the new grad they are hiring has the ability to be productive immediately. We see this trend continuing even as the economy improves. We often get feedback about the exceptional performance of our graduates very early in their careers.  It is obvious their hard work in the classroom combined with their on-the-job experience gained from internships pays off – for the alum and their employer.”

Among the many companies and organizations that provide CCI students with internship opportunities are several owned or managed by current and former CCI Board of Visitors members, CCI alumni and donors. There are many ways to give back and providing internships to CCI students continues to be an important way to contribute to the future success of our students.

Below is a partial list of CCI student internships over the past year.

Advertising & Public Relations

Kristin Knight – UT Office of Communications and Marketing & Shelton Group, Knoxville, TN
Misha Testerman – Pyxl, Inc. & Moxley Carmichael, Knoxville, TN
Abigail Winstead – Pyxl, Inc., Knoxville, TN
Taelor Owen – AC Entertainment, Knoxville, TN
Rebecca Weinstein – Susan G. Komen, Knoxville, TN & Mary Beth West Communications, Alcoa, TN
Jessica Karsten – Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Knoxville TN
Olivia Rothermel  – Y&R NYC, New York, NY
Steven Woods – Y&R NYC, New York, NY
Madison Duke – Y&R NYC, New York, NY
Lisa Leturno – Dickey’s BBQ, Knoxville, TN
Kristalee Gilbert – Grey, New York, NY
Jonathan Edwards – Morris Creative, Knoxville, TN
Justin Bateman – The Cumberland Companies, Knoxville, TN

Communication Studies

Brianna Harris – RED Distribution College Representative, various locations
Blake Spurgeon – Blount County Young Life, Maryville, TN
Savannah Ivey – Sevier Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN
Brooklyn Williams – HoneyBee Events, Knoxville, TN
Kelsi Walker – Blount County Young Life, Maryville, TN
Kelley Rieder -The Black Sheep Student Newspaper, Knoxville, TN
Caitlyn Shelton – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s Office, Maryville, TN
Tricia Klebe – Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, TN
Marissa Holp – East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville, TN
Mary Pat Conway – UT Conference Center, Knoxville, TN
Hannah Walraven – Cumulus Media, Knoxville, TN
Alyssa Novak – Jupiter Entertainment & Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Knoxville, TN
Priscilla Molina – Ignition Church, Knoxville,TN
Mary Jane White – LB Floral, Knoxville, TN
John Miller – North South TV, Knoxville, TN
Chloe Kidd – RE/MAX Preferred Properties, Knoxville, TN

Journalism and Electronic Media

Annie Carr – CBS News, New York, NY
Katherine Donnelly – ESPN, Bristol, CT
Cody Woodside – Scripps Networks Interactive, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Rilwan Balogun – Carnegie-Knight News 21, Phoenix, AZ
David Cobb –, St. Louis, MO
Troy Provost-Heron –, Tampa, FL
Dargan Southard –, Denver, CO
Whitney Shelton – WBIR–TV News, Knoxville, TN
Jennifer Webb – WBIR-TV News, Knoxville, TN
Rachel Craig – WBIR-TV News, Knoxville, TN
Laura Darnell – WBIR-TV News, Knoxville, TN
Chandler Condrone – WVLT-TV Sales, Knoxville, TN
Caludia Coco – WVLT-TV News, Knoxville, TN
Courtney Lester – WTVC-TV, Chattanooga, TN
Mikaela Fulkerson – Scripps Radio Group, Knoxville, TN
Channing Murphy – Tennessee Smokies, Kodak, TN
Jordan Coleman – Fox 43 Sales, Knoxville, TN
Sage Speaks – WCBD-TV, Charleston, SC
Carlie Russell – Jupiter Entertainment, Knoxville, TN
Elyse Cheatham – WATE-TV News, Knoxville, TN
Jennifer King – WATE-TV Sports, Knoxville, TN
Madeline Alonzo – RIVR Media, Knoxville, TN
Alexandra Rodriguez – City View Magazine, Knoxville, TN
Mariah Bowers – HGTV Magazine, New York, NY
Morgan Galbraith – Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Nashville, TN
Lauriel Cleveland – CNN, Atlanta, GA

Information Sciences

Carol Abrams – Zepheira LLC, virtual assignment on linked data
Nathaniel Bailey – Cleveland-Bradley County (TN) Public Library, Cleveland, TN
Jessica Brownfield – Information International Associates, Oak Ridge, TN
Michael Deike – Knox County (TN) Archives, Knoxville, TN
Hannah DiMeglio – ETSU Sherrod Library, Johnson City, TN
Taylor Hixson – Information International Associates for the US Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information, Oak Ridge, TN
Madeline James – Case Antiques Auctions and Appraisals, Knoxville, TN
Laura Murray – Information International Associates for the Homeland Defense & Security Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge, TN
Rey Regenstreif-Harms –  Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Paradise, MI
Suzanne Ali Saleh –  Information International Associates, Oak Ridge, TN
Amanda Sexton – Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library, Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, TN
Ole Villadsen – George Mason University Library data services, Fairfax, VA