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Elon grad Kessler named director of internships

Leah Kessler (Elon '01) has been named director of internships and special programs at the School of Communications. She had been working as an associate producer for the "Good Morning Show" at WFMY News 2, the CBS affiliate in Greensboro. She is a School of Communications graduate.

Kessler, a Florida native, worked in two internships during her years at Elon, both at WFMY. "It shows you how having an internship can open doors," she said. "The work I did at WFMY led to a full-time job."

She said she was hired to strengthen the already extraordinary internship program at the School of Communications. "We all value the professional experience that can only be gained in the real-world internship positions out there," she said. "My job is not to act like a job-search agency. Students have to come in to me knowing what they want to do and what companies they would like to target for possible jobs. I can pitch in from there, helping them brainstorm and providing contact names for them to try. After that, I help finalize arrangements for internships the students have found. I also keep in touch with the people who are supervising our interns out in the field, checking to see how things are going. We want to be sure our interns are getting the experience they expected going in."

Kessler's internship office is located on the main floor of McEwen, along the corridor near the TV studio; it has the window engraved with the globe. "I'm always easy to find," she said.

She pointed out that students who get a college degree with no internship experience suffer when they enter the job market. "There is no doubt that the people who are doing the hiring don't generally read transcripts," she said. "What they want you to show them is that you have done the job on the professional level; and they want to be able to call your references there and find out that you are a good worker. In communications, the people who are hiring say, 'Show me.' If you haven't already proven yourself in the field, you are at a major disadvantage."



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