Anderson, Indiana

Communication grad interned at WBPT in Florida

Mon, 2012-08-13 16:27 -- univcomm
August 13, 2012

The Anderson University Department of Communication Arts requires students to complete an internship before graduation. Students gain experience and knowledge in the professional world, allowing them to use what they have learned and apply it in the working world.

Priscilla Ahn, a 2012 graduate and communication arts major with a specialization in audio/video/cinema production, spent the spring semester interning in Miami. After long research and several calls to the production manager, Ahn received a production internship at WBPT Channel 2. WBPT2 is Florida’s oldest public television station, hitting the air in 1955. It is an extension of the PBS television line that provides entertainment to the entire South Florida region. As a production intern, Ahn learned various aspects of the television business.

“I gained hands-on experience in pre-production, production, and post-production,” said Ahn. She also had the opportunity to work on script writing and reported to the assistant vice president of WBPT2, a station committed to reinforcing students’ career paths and objectives through practical work experience.

Ahn spent much of the spring working on two major projects at WBPT2. The first was a web series entitled “Flavors of the Florida Keys.” Ahn followed host Linda Gassenheimer, who also wrote the book Meals in Minutes, across the Florida Keys, as she gave viewers a look at some of top places for unique food. The second show was a documentary entitled “Peace Corps.” This show followed the life of South Floridians who served in the first decade of the Peace Corps. “Working on two different genres of shows allowed me to be more versatile, which is needed in this field,” said Ahn.

Dr. Don Boggs, professor of speech and broadcasting and also Ahn’s advisor, is just one of the many faculty members who have made an impact on her life. “We encourage students to research and find what fits their interest, but we are there to point them in the right direction,” said Boggs, who believes her internship is very valuable. “An internship is a bridge from the academic world to professional reality. Priscilla is a great student. She is hard-working and academically strong.”

Boggs also believes that academic advisors at AU encourage their students to pursue internships like Ahn’s. “My goal is to be a helpful guide in directing them where they want to go, and I believe we have achieved that with Priscilla,” said Boggs.

In the future Ahn plans to pursue a master’s degree in entertainment and media law. Ahn credits AU with her ability to pursue and thrive in this internship. “AU has encouraged me to be independent, and I was challenged to really search for myself,” said Ahn. “You have to chase what you want. No one is going to hand it to you.”

— Kelli Webster is a junior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in psychology. Webster is an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.