For this episode of the DME Intern Podcast, we are joined by our host, Shannon Moran, who will be stepping into the guest’s shoes to be interviewed about the reasons she joined the Digital Media Engagement Internship (DME) Program and some of the interesting things she likes to share with us about her experience running this and other podcasts.
Shannon Moran is a student at Seton Hall University, majoring in diplomacy and international relations as well as specializing in environmental science and Spanish. Shannon is one of the leaders with the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) for the DME Intern Podcast and the upcoming DME VAlorU Podcast. Shannon had originally applied to the internship last minute. But with her producer experience a couple of years ago at a program that had started a podcast, Shannon had learned some of the tools that would make a successful podcast: scheduling, learning how to interview guests and train new people on the podcast team. When Dominique listened to some of Shannon’s old podcast episodes, he offered her a position on the new podcast team. Since this podcast was a new department in the DME internship, Shannon eventually became the ELT of the podcast department “within 24 hours.”
A new podcast that Shannon and others are currently working on is an eight-episode serial about the experiences and history of Native American Veterans. Some of the things Shannon said that this involves include: writing scripts, coordinating with writers and researchers about the content that is going out on the podcast, editing and working with the Department of Tribal Relations within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as well as the Smithsonian Institute and other organizations. Shannon said she is glad to see that so many interns stepped-up to the challenge of personalizing the stories of Native American Veterans in a podcast that had to be reworked after her original plan for the podcast had fallen through. This is one of the many lessons that Shannon shares about her perseverance and commitment to the podcast and the internship.
Shannon also shared the importance of being open to new opportunities while part of the internship, like taking on other projects on the #Moonlighting channel and trying out new things that will help you grow in your internship experience.