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Seniors Participate in Washington, D.C.-London Summer Internship Program

Two UNO School of Communication seniors have been selected to participate in a Washington, D.C.-London internship program this summer.

Yan He, a journalism-public relations/advertising major, and Amanda Shaff, a journalism-news editorial major, will participate in the program sponsored by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

The program will begin with students spending May 19 to May 30 in Washington, D.C., for orientation as part of their cross-comparative study of the two capitals. Participants will then travel to London, where activities will run until July 27. The program will include a study of British history, and students will intern in London in positions related to their majors. Students also will be advised about opportunities such as cultural celebrations, sporting events, volunteer opportunities and lectures.

"This program offers an amazing opportunity to work in a professional setting in a foreign country," Shaff said. "I've always wanted to visit London, and this will give us the opportunity to see a lot." She particularly wants to see the Museum of Costume.

Yan He is looking forward to learning about a different culture. "The program is a good oppportunity to learn about the backgrounds of people, which will be helpful later when I work in PR," she said.

Shaff, of Bellevue, plans to graduate in May 2009 and spend a year teaching English in Japan before beginning a career in print media. He, of Zhe Jiang, China, plans to graduate in August and is applying to graduate school for the fall. The two UNO students may stay in Europe after the program ends to do additional traveling.

Amanda Shaff & Yan He