Current Internships and Individual Studies


As usual, this semester the students of ELC are gaining valuable professional practice in various internships and completing advanced undergraduate research through individual studies! 

Spring 2017

Individual Studies, with faculty advisers in parentheses:

Dominque Giles, “Making Strange: Constructing Identities and Making Our Surroundings  (Dr. Whalen)

Hannah Lucia Bratton, “Discourse of Sexual Assault”   (Dr. Parker)

Alexander Clegg, “Religion in the Media in Georgia”  (Dr. Johnson-Young)

Josh Guidon, “Religion in the Media in Georgia”  (Dr. Johnson-Young)

Katherine Barth, “Ecofeminism in Twentieth-Century American Literature: Nature, Culture, and the Feminine Role”  (Professor Pineda)

Claire Everett, “Gender and Sexuality in T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf” (Dr.  Scanlon)

Ryan Brady, “Sexuality and Religion in  American Literature (1927-2003)”  (Dr.  Richards)

Grant Raycroft, “The Dark Age of Comics”  (Dr. Whalen)

Alex Spence, “Digital Creative Writing”   (Dr. Whalen)

Jennifer DeSteph, “Morality in Batman Comics”   (Dr. Tweedy)

Meredith Fierro, “Introduction to Domain of One’s  Own”  (Professor Burtis)

Sarah E. Foster, “The Writing Path to Healing”  (Dr. Rochelle)

Jennifer Hedgpeth, “Contemporary Holocaust Narratives”  (Dr. Tweedy)

Andrew Boswell, “Console Living Room”   (Dr. Whalen)

Elizabeth Brantley, “Console Living Room”  (Dr. Whalen)

Mary Clark, “Console Living Room”  (Dr. Whalen)

Caroline Malec, “Console Living Room”  (Dr. Whalen)

Morgan Moncrief, “Console Living Room”  (Dr. Whalen)

Jonathon Myers, “Console Living Room”  (Dr. Whalen)

Della Brooke Preas, “Console Living Room”  (Dr. Whalen)

Amber Stitt, “Console Living Room”  (Dr. Whalen)

Paige Voccio, “Console Living Room”  (Dr. Whalen)

Greg Willett, “Practicum: Fiction Portfolio” (Professor Pineda)


Internships, with faculty sponsors in parentheses:

Nelson Caballero Bran       Best Buy Inc., Geek Squad   (Dr. Rao)

Rachel Christian          Full Frontal with Samantha Bee  (Dr. Whalen)

Gabrielle Christie        Sunrise for All, Inc.  (Dr. Whalen)

Ashleigh Duque          Virginia Railway Express  (Dr. Whalen)

Meredith Fierro           Reclaim Hosting L.L.C.  (Dr. Whalen)

Faith Martino              The Center for Faith and Leadership  (Dr. Johnson-Young)

Faith Martino              IST Research Corp. (Dr. Ohl)

Yousef Nasser             Synthesis Multimedia Productions   (Dr. Johnson-Young)

Malia Rogers               Kalani Consulting, Inc. (Dr. Rao)

Heather Slota             Peacaloo Boutique  (Dr. Rao)

Elizabeth Tellez           Keep Prince William Beautiful  (Dr. Ohl)

Debra Wilson              Full Page Multimedia Inc.   (Dr. Rao)

Anna-Marie Collins     Creative Media Agency, Inc. (Dr. McAllister)

Madison Lemelin        IPD Systems  (Dr. Whalen)

Kathryn Smucker        UMW Athletic Department  (Dr. Scanlon)

Michael Barnes          UMW Athletic Department  (Dr. Ohl)

Dallas Tarkenton       UMW Athletic Department (Dr. Rao)


Fall 2016

Individual Studies, with faculty advisers in parentheses:

Alexander Clegg, Religion in Media in the Republic of Georgia   (Dr. Johnson-Young)

Corey Filiault, Environmental Communication in Action       (Dr.  Rao)

Stratton Gilmore, Communication in Coaching         (Dr.  Ohl)

John Guidon, Religion in Media in the Republic of Georgia        (Dr. Johnson-Young)

Sharla M. B. Hargis, Technology Portrayed in Horror Films          (Dr. Johnson-Young)

David Hart, Tweeting Presidential       (Dr. Ohl)

Christa Snyder, Webcomics      (Dr. Whalen)

Gunnar Gardner, This Dear Land: Tolkien & England     (Dr. Rochelle)

Isabel Sobie, Graphic Memoir      (Dr. Whalen)

Mona Ali, Analysis of Aphasics’ Language       (Dr. Parker)

Helen Frey, Reconstructing Chinese    (Dr. Fallon)

Victoria Triska, Articulation and Phonological Disorder        (Dr. Fallon)

Internships, with faculty sponsors in parentheses:

Victoria Johnson, PWCPS Enterprise Elementary School     (Dr. Richards)

Stefanie Chae, Faculty Senate of Virginia        (Dr. Johnson-Young)

Brian Goulet, Common Ground Christian Church    (Dr. Rao)

Katherine E. Wolfe, Cedar Creek Enterprises, Inc.        (Dr. Johnson-Young)

Andrew Burlingame, Common Ground Christian Church    (Dr. Fallon

Dylan K. Drury,  Lee Street Artists Collective, LLC     (Dr. Richards)

Molly Garthwaite, UMW Writing Center        (Dr. Hale)

Gracyn Hill, UMW Writing Center    (Dr. Hale)

Spring 2016

(with faculty advisers in parentheses)

Patrick Boyle     Film Promotion Analysis  (Dr. Rao)

Caroline Cerand, Social Media Marketing     (Dr. Rao)

Ana-Maria Hecton, The Process of Othering    (Dr. Ohl)

Jeff Lundberg, Digital Media Productions      (Dr. Rao)

Catalina M. Ruiz de Gamboa, Social media & Celebrity     (Dr. Rao)

Ray Celeste Tanner,  Student Affairs & Social Media      (Dr. Rao)

Ryland Willis, Politics & Social Media     (Dr. Rao)

Kaitlyn Berube,  Pedagogy and Gender   (Dr.  Lorentzen)

Emily Bostaph, Our Cross to Bear     (Dr. Whalen)

Rachel Ewalt, Ecocriticism       (Dr. Levin)

Christopher Griffiths, Digital Synthesis     (Dr. Whalen)

Juliane Kim, Lord of the Rings:Postcolonial           (Dr.  Dasgupta)

Miranda Schnackenberg, Victorian Horror Adaptations       (Dr.  Barrenechea)

Andrea Stegman, Acting in Film History        (Dr.  Barrenechea)

Joshua Lutz, Proto-Indo-European Language         (Dr.  Fallon)


Fall 2015

Individual Studies (with faculty advisers in parentheses)

Jason Dunne, “Writing Historical Fantasy” (Professor Warren Rochelle)

Kathryn Hall, “Childhood and/in Literature” (Professor Mara Scanlon)

Kara A. Smith, “Paranormal Fiction” (Professor Warren Rochelle)

Bailey Meeks, “A Study of H.D. and Bisexuality,” ENGL/WGST (Professor Mara Scanlon)


Emily Hollingsworth, Free Lance-Star

Ashley Spence, UMW University Relations and Communications


Spring 2015

Individual Studies (with faculty advisers in parentheses)

Christina Pellegrino:  Study of Food Marketing (Anand Rao)

Travis MacEwen: Rhetoric of the Ownership of the Dallas Cowboys  (Anand Rao)

Courtney Rampey: 20th-Century Dystopian Literature (Kate Haffey)

Margaret Stough: Teaching Through Transmedia (Zach Whalen)

Claire Winkler: Gender in Children’s and Young Adult Literature (Mara Scanlon)

Amandelynn Bethune: Black Women in African-American Literature (Danny Tweedy)

Aubrey Kennedy: Why Ask Students to Write?  (Mary Rigsby)

Amanda Halprin: QEP Module Development (Zach Whalen)

James Dawson : QEP Module Development (Zach Whalen)

Stephen Rechter: QEP Module Development (Zach Whalen)

Brittany Brown: QEP Module Development (Zach Whalen)

Lisa Johnson: Gender Representations in Upper Elementary Children’s Literature (Mary Rigsby)

Ciara Peacock: Cinema and Society (Antonio Barrenechea)

Rebecca Moses: Storytelling in Game Development (Zach Whalen)

Mariah Young: Political Speech Writing (Jessy Ohl)


Internships (with faculty mentors in parentheses)

Travis MacEwen, UMW Sports Information (Tim O’Donnell)

Sabia Prescott, Digital Communications with University Relations (Paul Fallon)

Hope Racine, Rappahannock Magazine (Mary Rigsby)

Katherine Redmiles, Free Lance-Star (Marie McAllister)

Alison Thoet, The Hill newspaper (Mara Scanlon)

Emma White, Community Development and Admissions Office, Richmond Waldorf School (Antonio Barrenechea)

Mariah Young, Thorn Run Partners (Tim O’Donnell)



Fall 2014

The individual studies, with faculty mentors in parentheses, are:

Sara Akbari: True Crime Narratives (Colin Rafferty)

Ciara Peacock: Documentary Filmmaking (Anand Rao)

Glenn Grigsby: Economics in Literature

Matthew Seaver: Morphological Blends (Paul Fallon)

Moira McAvoy: Slang and Queerness (Janie Lee)


The internships, with faculty sponsors in parentheses, are:

Mary Honard:  Lafayette Upper Elementary School (Judith Parker)

Samantha James: The Happy Tomato, LLC  (Teresa Kennedy)

Nephthalie Lauture: The Free-Lance Star (Danny Tweedy)

Cristina Pellegrino: UMW Office of University Relations (Anand Rao)

Jessica Perez: Tutoring Service, Germanna Community College  (Gwen Hale)

Jonathan Polson: UMW Office of University Relations (Anand Rao)

Katie Regan: Deedod Inc.  (Jon Pineda)

Matthew Seaver: Hugh Mercer Elementary School (Judith Parker)

Alison Tantillo: Fauquier High School (Chris Foss)

Julia Wahlstrom: Fauquier High School (Chris Foss)

Spring 2014

Individual Studies:

Patrick Crosmun, Fictional Race in Fantasy RPGs (Zach Whalen)

Amber May, Crunchtastic: An Audio Drama (Zach Whalen)

Russell Michelson,  Authentic Public Speaking (Anand Rao)

Molly Pardoe, Comm Branding Strategy (Anand Rao)

Matthew Seaver, Introduction to Syntax (Zacharski)

Hannah Straton, Creative Writing: Book Proposal (Colin Rafferty)

Leigh Ann Williams, Social Media Activism #Syria (Anand Rao)



Brittany Brown, Accolade Security Network (Anand Rao)

Jack Eaton, UMW Admissions Office (Anand Rao)

RaeAna Eiley, Hugh Mercer Elementary (Judith Parker)

Christopher Heizer,  Senate of Virginia (Gwen Hale)

Aubrey Kennedy, UMW Summer Enrichment Program (Terry Kennedy)

Katelyn Leboff, Free Lance-Star (Gary Richards)

Molly Pardoe, Mary Washington Healthcare (Anand Rao)

Hope Racine, Free Lance-Star (Gary Richards)

Erica Rodriguez, American Canoe Association (Gary Richards)

Nathan Slater, UMW Writing Center (Gwen Hale)

Leigh Ann Williams, Fortique LLC (Anand Rao)

Kaylee Wilsker, UMW University Relations (Zach Whalen)

Fall 2013…

The internships, with faculty sponsors in parentheses, were:

Katharine Appel at the UMW Writing Center (Gwen Hale)

Kimmie Barkley at the UMW Office of Media and Public Relations (Anand Rao)

Brittany Brown at Aspetto Inc (Anand Rao)

Hayley Eckhardt at National Geographic Society (Gary Richards)

Dana Hinden at Ava Laurenne Bride (Danny Tweedy)

Alice O’Brien at Livesay & Myers, PC (Marie McAllister)

Lauren Olsen at Elle Magazine (Warren Rochelle)

Alison Thoet at the Free Lance-Star (Gary Richards)

Regina Weiss at UMW University Relations (Danny Tweedy)

Leigh Ann Williams at Fortique (Anand Rao)


The individual studies, with faculty mentors in parentheses, are:

Kiersten Anderson, “Female Interaction” (Janie Lee)

Jeanne Converse, “ELC Webpage Featured Articles” (Mara Scanlon)

Sarah Cook, “Processes of Writing” (Gwen Hale)

Elisa Fuhrken, “Elizabeth Stuart Phelps” (Mary Rigsby)

Will McCarry, “Masculinity, Maturity, Memoir” (Elizabeth Wade)

Tess McClellan, “Horror Fiction” (Warren Rochelle)

Alison Stevens, “Education in Jane Austen” (Eric Lorentzen)

Eric Turner, “Old English Poetry Translation” (Paul Fallon)

Benjamin Wrightson, “Mobility in Culture” (Zach Whalen)