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.


Student Ambassadors

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Abbey Haggerty

Student Assistant, Communications Internship Office

Major: Strategic Communications

Graduation Year: 2019

Previous Internships:
• Negri Firman PR & Communication
• Jennifer Bett Communications

On Campus Involvement:
• Zeta Tau Alpha
• Spoon University, former social media manager of the Elon chapter

Advice:
I encourage students to not be afraid to reach out to friends, family members or anyone you know in hopes of getting closer to your dream job or internship. Even reaching out to a friend of a friend can help you to secure an internship. Don’t be afraid to reach out.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:
If you are really stuck in a position where you feel drowned by the sea of other applicants, the Internship Office can help you find a connection or help you set yourself apart and help you to ultimately reach your goals.

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Gabrielle Beamon

Major: Strategic Communications

Graduation Year: 2019

Previous Internships:
• Autumn Communications
• MSLGROUP

On Campus Involvement:
• One Sixteen Bible Study, president
• Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity, secretary
• Elon University Office of Admissions, office assistant
• Elon 101, teaching assistant
• S.M.A.R.T., mentor
• Black Student Union

Advice:
Don’t compare your internship journey to other students. When internships don’t materialize as planned, don’t get discouraged. It will happen.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office:
There are so many resources to be used to your advantage and so many wonderful opportunities ahead if you just walk in the door. Just going inside will open some many doors for securing internships, which will help you excel in your professional career.

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Arielle Berlinsky

Major: Strategic Communications

Graduation Year: 2019

Previous Internships:
• Talk College to Me
• Tomorrow Pictures Inc.
• Stop Light Observations

On Campus Involvement:
• The Edge Magazine, lifestyle writer
• 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!

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Megan Brennan

Majors: Strategic Communications and Communication Design

Graduation Year: 2019

Previous Internships:
• Dressbarn
• InMyBag
• Brown Investment Properties

On Campus Involvement:
• Student Health 101 Magazine, designer
• Club Hockey, manager

Advice: Network, network, network! Never underestimate the power of connections.

Reason to come to the Internship Office: The Communications Internship Office is a great resource that helps take the stress out of finding and applying for internships. There are plenty of tools that will help you get on the right track and help you connect with the right people. This office will not only give you tools for your internship, but tools for life!

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Maggie Brown

Majors: Journalism and International & Global Studies

Graduation Year: 2020

Previous Internships:
• WRAL.com

On Campus Involvement:
• Elon News Network, politics editor and reporter
• Office of Admissions, social media and communications ambassador
• On-campus tutor for communications classes

Advice:
Students should aim high and be ambitions when searching for internships. Showing interest in a few select companies and being genuine can go a long way when applying.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office: Students should visit the Communications Internship Office to see what opportunities are available to them and find out what areas they are interested in. You never know what doors could open until you ask! Never be afraid to ask for help and take advantage of all Elon’s resources.

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Colton Cadarette

Majors: Strategic Communications and Sport Management

Graduation Year: 2019

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.

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Anton Delgado

Majors: Journalism and International & Global Studies

Graduation Year: 2020

Previous Internships:
• Save the Children Jordan
• Town & Country Philippines

On Campus Involvement:
• Elon News Network
• President's Student Leadership Advisory Council
• Immigrant and Refugee Outreach
• International Orientation Leader

Advice: Thing big and think crazy.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office: You'll watch too many opportunities slip by if you don't plan ahead. But if you go to the Communications Internship Office, that won't happen. There is nothing worse then the feeling you get right after you realize you missed an opportunity of a lifetime.

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Lucia Jervis

Majors: Journalism and Cinema & Television Arts

Graduation Year: 2019

Previous Internships:
• El Comercio
• Radio Sucesos

On Campus Involvement:
• "E-Talk," main host
• 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.

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Jimmy Longo

Major: Media Analytics

Graduation Year: 2019

Previous Internships:
• Nestlé
• Extensis Group
• Construction Specialties

On Campus Involvement:
• Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, member
• Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity, member
• "One on One Sports," member
• Sales Team, member

Advice: Building a strong network is a must.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office: Students should visit the Communication Internship Office to craft the soft skills that will be transferable to the workplace.

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Caroline Saviano

Majors: Strategic Communications and Digital Art

Graduation Year: 2020

Previous Internships:
• TEDxBeaconStreet

On Campus Involvement:
• The Edge Magazine, fashion editor and writer
• Creative Resolutions, student designer
• Kappa Delta Sorority, graphic design chair
• Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, member

Advice: The best advice I can give to students seeking internships is to embrace every opportunity you are given. Being open to learning new things and being a part of new experiences will make deciding what you like in a career so much easier!

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office: Finding internships can be an overwhelming process to take on by yourself, and the Communications Internship Office is always available to answer any questions. On top of that, the office is home to so many incredible resources that can assist you in finding an internship that is the perfect fit for your career goals.

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Eliza Singleton

Major: Strategic Communications

Graduation Year: 2019

Previous Internships:
• MailChimp
• Brown Investment Properties
• Community Care Network Of Virginia, Inc.

On Campus Involvement:
• Elon Admissions, diversity ambassador
• CREDE, student coordinator,
• Sigma Kappa, vice president of communications
• President's Student Leadership Advisory Council, member
• School of Communications Student Advisory Board, member

Advice: Make a spreadsheet of all the internships you want to apply for with columns for a link to the application, a contact, and your applications status. It's an easy way to keep track of everything.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office: Finding an internship is a stressful and sometimes disappointing process, but the Internship Office gave me so many resources I needed to find and secure my dream internship. It helped me each step of the way and I've made a lot of great connections through it.

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Sienna Catherine Standfield

Major: Strategic Communications

Graduation Year: 2019

Previous Internship:
• VF Corporation

On Campus Involvement:
• SGA, School of Communications senator
• School of Communications Dean Advisory Board, member
• Academic Relations Council, member
• Neighborhood Coalition, member
• InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
• Academic Standing Committee, member
• Elon Votes

Advice: My advice for students seeking internships would be to start as early as possible in your search. These positions are competitive and the longer you wait, the more likely they are to pass you by. Make sure that you are constantly checking LinkedIn and asking those around you for open positions as soon as possible so that you can get your most desired internship.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office: Students should visit the Communications Internship Office because there are limitless resources tailored specifically for communications majors to ensure our success. The faculty know exactly what we need and when, and they have built a wonderful and reputable network. This gives us the chance to obtain internships that others could not even imagine having.

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Janay Tyson

Major: Strategic Communications

Graduation Year: 2019

Previous Internships:
• Carolinas Healthcare System (Atrium Health)
• Maison Privee PR
• MDC, Inc.

On Campus Involvement::
• Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education, student coordinator
• Public Relations Student Society, Public Relations Committee
• Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
• President’s Student Leadership Advisory Council
• One Sixteen Bible Study, small group leader

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.

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Natalie Wright

Major: Media Analytics

Graduation Year: 2019

Previous internship:
• Havas Media

On Campus Involvement:
• Elon University Dance Team, captain
• Elon DanceWorks, president
• Delta Chi Xi (honorary dance fraternity), vice president
• Lambda Pi Eta (communications honor society), member

Advice: Have confidence in yourself! As an Elon student, you have gained an incredible amount of academic and professional skills. Because of this, you are prepared to find success outside of the classroom. Keep a running list of your unique skillsets so that you can proudly and confidently talk about them during interviews and networking events.

Reason to visit the Communications Internship Office: The Internship Office has a lot of great tools and tips to help you during your application process, so you definitely want to take advantage of them. Also, talking about your ideas and goals with someone else can really help you to decide what direction you want to go in.