"I decided to intern at Voice of America to branch out into the unfamiliar territory of public relations and explore my academic passions from a different perspective. I was especially intrigued by VOA's bold presence in China. With undergraduate degrees in Mandarin Chinese and Economics, I wanted to complement my previous academic interests with an invaluable experience at the U.S. government’s premier international broadcasting agency, which serves as a tool of public diplomacy. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting journalism experience, working closely with reporters Michael Lipin and Marissa Melton on China and Tibet related articles, sitting in on the daily East Asia and Pacific meetings under division chief Bill Baum, and helping out with projects for the Chinese branch. Every day, I come into the office to work with wonderful colleagues, learn new marketable skills, conduct studio tours, and manage the VOA’s social media accounts. I particularly enjoyed conducting interviews for a story on the South China Sea, writing press highlights about radio host Larry London’s musical guests, streamlining my professional research techniques, and familiarizing myself with cameras and professional editing software. Furthermore, I am fortunate that I am able to work with individuals who encourage me to nurture my professional and academic interests, meet broadcasting icons like VOA Director David Ensor, Chinese social media/English language star Jessica Beinecke, and foreign leaders, such as the Prime Minister of the Tibetan exile government, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, and the President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama."
Graham White is a rising second year graduate student at the University of Southern California studying Public Diplomacy. He chose to intern at the Voice of America because it encapsulates the subtleties of global communications and international relations while VOA’s presence in China fuels his interest in Chinese media and politics.
Graham White, Public Relations Intern (Summer 2012)