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Danielle Cormier, Wallerstein Scholar

Danielle interned at the Cooper Center as part of the Media Team producing podcasts, creating animations, and taking photos for the Center website.  

“My favorite part of the internship is the flexibility afforded to interns; you’re able to outline skills you’d be interested in learning or even propose your own project."

Danielle Cormier

Media Team Intern
Why did you choose the Wallerstein Scholars Program?

I chose to intern with the Cooper Center’s Media Team because I was intrigued by the opportunity to work in a creative environment. I had previously interned in marketing roles, but as a studio art major with a new media concentration, I hoped to gain not only experience as a creator but in doing so, build my portfolio.

What projects did you work on as a Wallerstein Scholar?

I have thus far had the ability to work on a variety of projects with the media team. I have produced a podcast episode about Virginia’s recent policy changes concerning clean energy policy and the Weldon Cooper Center’s Center for economic and policy studies’ role in tracking Virginia’s progress. I also had the chance to create a couple animations for the Demographics department. The final project that I’ve been working on is taking stock photos around Charlottesville and Virginia.

What was your favorite part of the internship?

My favorite part of the internship is the flexibility afforded to interns, you’re able to outline skills you’d be interested in learning or even propose your own project. I appreciate how portfolio based my experience was/is, it really allowed me to prepare for my upcoming graduation and upcoming applications. 

What did you learn as a result of this internship?

I learned how to use the Adobe program Audition to edit audio, as well as techniques and tricks used in podcast production. I also learned some photography basics while taking stock photos.

Would you recommend the Wallerstein Scholars Program to future students?

I would absolutely recommend this internship to future students. I have had many opportunities to build my portfolio or try to learn new techniques and skills that I otherwise would not have had.