Meet the Internship Director & Ambassadors

Internship Director

Nagatha Tonkins has placed student interns on the path toward professional success for more than 20 years. It’s an attribute she developed and refined long before she arrived in the School of Communications’ Internship Office in 2008.

Tonkins’ supervision of interns began not on a college campus, but during her own broadcast career, mentoring newsroom interns while serving as a morning TV anchor/producer for WGHP-TV in High Point. After completing her master’s degree while continuing to work as a newscaster, she decided to leave the studio for the college classroom. Tonkins says the career change came after she realized the immense joy she experienced while working with students, particularly during their internships.

From 1986 to 2008, Tonkins served as internship director/assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at her alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University. While in Greensboro, her work gained considerable acclamation, earning the 2008 Journalism Educator of the Year award from the National Association of Black Journalists. That same year she decided to seek new challenges at Elon.

Since an internship experience is a requirement for all Elon Communications majors, Tonkins serves more than 1,200 students. Her work includes facilitating almost 300 internships during an academic year; overseeing placements at media, public relations agencies, film companies and corporate settings around the world; and assessing students’ academic progress.

Tonkins has participated in fellowships, internships and faculty seminars with the Advertising Education Foundation, Poynter Institute, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Black College Communication Association and American Press Institute.

How can Tonkins help place you on the right path? Students are invited to contact her to schedule an appointment.


Current Internship Ambassadors

Ask me! The students below have completed multiple successful internships in the School of Communications; and they welcome the opportunity to share their internship stories, advice and resources. To become a SOC internship ambassador, email cominternships@elon.edu for an application. Students are selected in the spring and summer for the upcoming academic year.


Kristina Lee

Student Assistant, Communications Internship Office

Major: Strategic Communications
Graduation Year: 2018
Emailklee22@elon.edu

Previous Internships:
  • Girls’ Life Magazine
  • CollegeFashionista
  • Flamingo
  • Starcom Mediavest Groupe under Publicis Media
On Campus Involvement:
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, risk management chairman
  • Former assistant fashion editor and designer for The Edge Magazine
  • Former PR representative for Blasé Magazine
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Advice:

Whatever you do, do not procrastinate when looking for internships. It’s better to start the search early on so that you are able to take your time doing thorough research of possible opportunities! Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to people who you know may be able to help you get your foot in the door.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:

Finding and applying for an internship can be a stressful process. Luckily, there are plenty of resources and tools in the Internship Office that can help you get on the right track. The internship database will assist you in your search of the “dream” internship.


Ellie Anderson

Major: Communication Design
Graduation Year: 2018
Emaileanderson16@elon.edu

Previous Internships:
  • Delaware Museum of Natural History
  • BrandLink Communications
On Campus Involvement:
  • Alpha Xi Delta sorority, publicity chair
  • Elonthon committee member
  • SPARKS, social media director and peer educator
Advice:

Be proactive. Reach out to alumni about different opportunities because they are more than willing to help.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:

If you need help in any aspect of your internship search, whether it’s getting a cover letter looked at or finding opportunities that will help improve your skills, the COM Internship office has everything right there and the faculty are extremely helpful.


Arielle Berlinsky

Major: Strategic Communications
Graduation Year: 2019
Email: aberlinsky@elon.edu

Previous Internships:
  • Tomorrow Pictures Inc.
  • Stop Light Observations
On Campus Involvement:
  • Elon Elementary, volunteer
  • Founding a branch of Girls on the Run at Elon Elementary
  • Clubs: French Club, Elon Outdoors, Cooking, IDEA, Young Educators of America
Advice:

Do not be afraid to put yourself out there, take chances, and always reach out for help. When you take a chance on applying for an internship that grabs your attention, you will never regret at least trying. Taking chances can be scary, but they are worthwhile! Make sure to make the most out of the EJN. If you need help or have questions on how to find the perfect internship for you, make sure to reach out to the School of Communications Internship Office because that is what they are here for.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:

They help to make the process of finding an internship not intimidating. They teach you how to utilize so many wonderful resources that can put you into the internship of your dreams!


Caroline Brehman

Major: Communication Design
Graduation Year: 2018
Email: cbrehman@elon.edu

Previous Internships:
  • The Burlington Times-News
  • Velocity
  • Philadelphia Futures
  • Sevag Public Relations
On Campus Involvement:
  • Elon News Network, photo editor
  • National Press Photographers Association, chapter president
  • Former photo editor for The Edge Magazine
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority
Advice:

Network any chance you get. Getting involved on campus is the best way to get out there and meet people with similar interests. You never know who may have a connection that ends up landing you an internship.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:

The Internship Office is a great resource that makes searching for an internship less overwhelming. The internship database is a great way to start off any internship search.


Colton Cadarette

Major: Strategic Communications and Media Analytics
Graduation Year: 2019
Email: ccadarette@elon.edu

Previous Internships:
  • Manchester Monarchs
  • The Madison Square Garden Company
  • Greensboro Coliseum Complex
  • William Morris Endeavor
On Campus Involvement:
  • Student Union Board, concerts director
  • Elon Athletics, marketing manager
  • Communications Fellow
  • PSLAC
  • InterVarsity
Advice:

I would encourage students who are applying and searching for internships to keep an open mind. It can be intimidating, don’t worry if you don’t get a big name internship or position. It is good to start at a smaller company and get experience before entering a larger corporation.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:

Students should visit the Communications Internship Office because it provides you with resources and relationships that are essential to your professional career. Professor Tonkins is deeply invested in helping students navigate the search process and assisting them in finding their professional passion.


Danielle Drubner

Major: Strategic Communications
Graduation Year: 2018
Email: ddrubner@elon.edu

Previous Internships:
  • Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Factory 36
On Campus Involvement:
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority
  • Burlington Animal Shelter, volunteer
Advice:

Do not be afraid when going into the internship process. I always say that everything happens for a reason. You have to be determined and confident and you will land an internship that will help you gain valuable skills for your future!

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:

I was very nervous before applying for internships. After visiting the Communications Internship Office, I felt a sense of relief and was ready to jump right into the application process. The Communications Internship Office is also helpful for connecting students to great internship opportunities.


Miles Garrett

Major: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2018
Email: mgarrett9@elon.edu

Previous Internships:
  • FOX 5 Atlanta WAGA
  • Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Appen Media Group
On Campus Involvement:
  • Elon News Network, student reporter/anchor and football beat writer
  • Campus Recreation, Koury Operations programs specialist
  • Communications Fellow
Advice:

Be persistent, network as much as possible. You never know who you’ll run into and how they may be able to help you.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:

Students should visit the internship office because, for any communications major, internships are vital for success and learning the in’s and out’s of their industry. This office can help them find the right fit and offer the chance to make connections in the field they wish to enter.


Lucia Jervis

Major: Journalism and Cinema & Television Arts
Graduation Year: 2019
Email: ljervis@elon.com

Previous Internships:
  • El Comercio
  • Radio Sucesos
On Campus Involvement:
  • Lumen Scholar
  • Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society
  • Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education, diversity ambassador
  • El Centro, student coordinator
  • Elon News Network, designer and reporter
  • WSOE 89.3
Advice:

Throughout your internship experience, get there early and leave late. Doing this will not only show your supervisor that you care and that you’re eager to learn, but it will also give you the opportunity to get more involved with the company and or organization. Because you’re taking initiative, your supervisor may ask you to work on additional assignments that may be published or presented by the company! This is a great opportunity for you to add to your portfolio.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:

The Communications Internship Office is a great and helpful resource at Elon! Nagatha Tonkins loves to help students throughout the entire internship process and will also give you tips on professionalism and business etiquette.


Haley Muratore

Major: Strategic Communications
Graduation Year: 2018
Emailhmuratore@elon.edu

Previous Internships:
  • Porter Novelli – Omnicom
  • Connections (Nonprofit)
  • Wicked Cow Entertainment
On Campus Involvement:
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority
  • Public Relations Student Society of America
Advice:

Take advantage of every networking opportunity you have and if you are offered an interview for a company that you feel you may not want to pursue, take the meeting anyway! Leave yourself open to opportunity.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:

If you are stuck, this is a great way to gain some assistance in navigating this terrain. Nagatha Tonkins will assist you in finding a position that will not only play to your strengths, but teach you a lot about yourself & the industry. It is a resource only there to guide you.


Rachel Tinker

Major: Strategic Communications
Graduation Year: 2018
Email: rtinker@elon.edu

Previous Internships:
  • Go Girl Communications
  • Keller Williams Realty Infinity
On Campus Involvement:
  • Inter-Residence Council, president
  • Colleges Against Cancer, social media director
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, leadership development chair
  • Lambda Pi Eta communications honor society
  • National Residence Hall Honorary
Advice:

Attend all the networking events and information sessions you can, it really makes a big difference when applying for internships.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:

No matter where you’re looking to go for an internship, the Communications Internship Office has connections with alumni located all over the country. Those alumni connections are truly priceless when applying for internships.


Janay Tyson

Major: Strategic Communications
Graduation Year: 2019
Emailjtyson3@elon.edu

Previous Internships:
  • MDC Inc.
On Campus Involvement:
  • Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education, student coordinator
  • Colonades Neighborhood, RA
  • Inman Office of Admissions, diversity ambassador
  • Delta Sigma Theta sorority
  • President’s Student Leadership Advisory Council
Advice:

A piece of advice for students seeking internships: Keep an open mind, because you never know what your experience will be while on the job. Instead of wondering what you’ll be able to put on your resume, make connections and build relationships. That’s how you have a memorable internship.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:

Ever since I walked in Mrs. Tonkins office, the opportunities have been endless. I never would’ve expected the doors that have been opened to me all because I took the initiative and visited the office. There are so many connections on this campus, you just have to be willing to advocate for yourself.