May 30, 2012 COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2919, firstname.lastname@example.org
WTAMU Student Lands Social Media Internship
CANYON, Texas—Brittany Castillo, a sophomore corporate communication major at West Texas A&M University, will spend the summer surrounded by an array of historical records, documents and papers—not for a class project, but as the social media intern in the Office of Presidential Libraries in College Park, Md.
The internship is the perfect end to what has been a big year for Castillo. She traveled to Honduras in March as a Readership WT Ambassador and was just named to the inaugural cohort of LEAD WT scholars. Now she’s packing up and preparing to leave for the June 3-Aug. 11 internship, where she will work on social media projects at the Presidential Libraries with the National Archives and Records Administration.
The nationwide network of libraries is a repository for the many historical papers and documents of every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover. As the social media intern, Castillo will get hands-on experience developing digital media projects for the libraries’ archival holdings. She will be using web-based and mobile-based technology with a focus on social engagement to promote online access. The paid internship also will give Castillo experience in tracking analytics and creating content related to education and history.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me,” she said. “I’m excited to get started, and I know I’m going to learn so much.”
Castillo learned about the internship from her dad as she was preparing for her trip to Honduras. He encouraged her to apply. She did the required paperwork, and the topic for a required essay was an easy one with the Honduras trip just weeks away. She wrote the essay on the importance of global news, and that along with her application earned her the coveted internship.
“Brittany is an exceedingly bright and talented student, and this prestigious internship reflects that,” Dr. Butler Cain, assistant professor of mass communication, said. “Her new skills and knowledge will enhance her work in the classroom and advance her professional development. She also is representing WT’s Department of Communication, and her success may help create opportunities for students who follow her in our program.”
It’s been a good year for Castillo, and what better way to close it out than a summer of tweeting and texting.