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CCI Student Internships

Ashlea GreenInformation Sciences master’s student Ashlea Green spent her summer as a reference intern at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA) in Washington, DC where she helped staff, students, and researchers navigate online databases, examine archival materials, and design research projects. She also had the opportunity to work on subject guides, oversee the research room, and contribute content to social media (see

The NAA is the oldest Smithsonian archive, and its holdings include nearly one million photographs (including some of the earliest images of indigenous people worldwide); 20,000 works of native art (primarily North American, Asian, and Oceanic); 11,400 sound recordings; and more than 8 million feet of original film and video materials.  

Green was especially intrigued by her experiences at the National Breath of Life Institute for Indigenous Languages, which provides training in linguistics and archival research to Native American and First Nations communities who are involved in language revitalization. Using NAA’s extensive holdings related to endangered North American languages, the Breath of Life Institute (BOL) is a great example of how valuable archival material can be used to solve modern-day problems, such as language extinction. 

“To have worked in an archive and played even a small part in supporting communities in this way was really rewarding,” said Green. “I often heard the community members involved say they felt more connected to their ancestors as a result of accessing the archival material, and I was grateful to have been given a glimpse into other worldviews. I was also struck by the power of language in cultural identity and came away with a greater understanding of the importance of preserving and making archival material accessible and discoverable as well as some of the ethical considerations and repatriation efforts involved with Indigenous archival material.”

Green was especially appreciative of the practical experience she gained working in a large, old archive and navigating its online databases and large physical spaces. Like Green, a number of CCI students were engaged in internships during recent months. Here is a partial list of those students and the organizations for which they interned.


Mary Jane Aycock – Anthem Republic, Franklin, Tennessee & Pyxl, Knoxville, Tennessee

Caroline Beach, Madison Bentley, Elizabeth Martin & Millie Tunnell – Y&R, New York, NY

Tristiny Bell – TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York, NY

Laura Gamo – RGA, New York, NY

Emily Harris – Bohan Advertising, Nashville, TN

Josh Oliver – TBWA/WorldHealth, New York, NY

Katie Truppo – Ackermann PR, See Why Consulting, Knoxville, TN

Communication Studies

Katelyn Adair – The Central Collective, Knoxville, TN

Hunter Hall – ESPN West Palm, FL

Christina Hohman – Alliance for Better Nonprofits, Knoxville, TN

Abby Leathers – St. Jude Children’s Hospital-ALSAC, Memphis, TN

Lia Lombino – Cottages & Gardens Media Group, Norwalk, CT

Tommy Oslund – Northwestern Mutual, Knoxville, TN

Natalie Rechichar-Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, New York, NY

Information Sciences

Zoe Bastone – Information International Associates, Oak Ridge, TN

Janet Braden – UT Hodges Library Special Collections, Knoxville, TN

Jaime Cleek – University of the South Archives & Special Collections, Sewanee, TN

Connor Esterwood – RCN Technologies, Farragut, TN

Susan Feliu – East Tennessee Historical Society, Calvin M. McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN

Ashlea Green – Smithsonian Institute, National Anthropological Archives Internship, Washington, DC

Brooke Jackson – Tennessee State Library & Archives, Digital Initiatives Internship, Nashville, TN

Robbye Neal – University of Memphis Libraries, Government Documents, Memphis, TN

Sr. Mary Esther Potts – Aquinas College Library, Nashville, TN

Amber Sewell – UT Hodges Library, Knoxville, TN

Everette Scott Sikes – Northeast State Community College Library, Blountville, TN

Robert Spinelli – (1) Tennessee State Library & Archives, Digital Projects, Nashville, TN and (2) Vanderbilt University Libraries & Special Collections, Nashville, TN

Kathleen Tyree – Stones River Regional Library, Murfreesboro, TN

Elisabeth Wallace – East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine Library, Mountain Home, TN

Bianca White – Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law Library, Knoxville, TN

Journalism & Electronic Media

Ethan Adams – WGRV-AM – Greeneville, Tennessee

Jake Albright, Elizabeth Longmire, McKenzie Manning, Lauren Wallace, Allison Woodall – WATE-TV, Knoxville, TN

Jake Albright and Savanna Jacoby – WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN

Beverly Banks and Rachel Underwood – WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN

Michaela Bond – Jewelry TV, Knoxville, TN

Neyland Cotton – Tennessee Titans, Nashville, TN

Tom Cruise – ORNL, Oak Ridge, TN

Jordan Dajani – WVLZ Radio, Knoxville, TN

Austen Evans – Red Arrow Industries, Knoxville, TN

Matthew Fernandez – Cumulus Radio, Knoxville, TN

Logan Fletcher – Fox17, Nashville, TN

Sara Harakas-Swisher – Fox News, New York, NY

Holly Hauck – Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, TN

Jeremy Langford – RIVR Media, Knoxville, TN

Sami Maneri – WPRI-TV, Providence, Rhode Island

Ben McKee – Smokies Radio, Kodak, TN

Tim Morris – VFL Films, Knoxville, TN

Nathan Odom – Fox Sports, Knoxville, TN

Ashley Sharp – WMC-TV, Memphis

Brittany Waddell – Scripps Networks Interactive & Scripps Radio, Knoxville, TN

Yuan Yue – Livfull Media, Knoxville, TN

Public Relations

Lexie Allgood – Lakeshore Park, Knoxville, TN

Austin Case – TourGigs, Austin, TX

Chandler Hallmark – AC Entertainment, Knoxville, TN

Cheyanne Harrington – Lilly Pulitzer Headquarters, Upper Merion Township, PA

Millie Hicks – Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

Lauren Hood – Ackermann PR, Knoxville, TN

Kaitlin Jackson – Zander Insurance, Nashville, TN

Natalie Shinault – Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Knoxville, TN; Kingdom Quality Communications, Memphis, TN

Ashley Slimp – Regal Entertainment, Knoxville, TN