Internship Spotlight: A Semester at Double R Productions

Internship Spotlight: A Semester at Double R Productions

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Christian Holm
February 10, 2015

Like many of their peers, three newly minted TWC alumni returned to their campuses this spring to start classes. But these three students, Majdal Sobeh, Stephani Pantoja and Jeffrey Ohene Darko, carried with them a decided advantage: real-world experience from their fall 2014 internship at Double R Productions in Washington, D.C.


Sobeh, Pantoja and Darko served as production assistants through The Washington Center’s academic internship program. The trio helped produce content for several of Double R’s clients in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. One project was a highlights video for the annual Noche Tropical Gala, courtesy of Mary’s Center, a federally qualified health center that provides a number of services to Washington, D.C. families.


Sobeh (Institution: Hiram College, Ohio) applied her new digital communications skills to produce her semester capstone project, “Truckin’ Good Food.” The webisode series, which she produced with fellow TWC students Brooke Bierhaus and Roxanne Martos, highlighted some of Washington, D.C.’s most popular food trucks.


Darko (Institution: Westfield State College, Mass.), found his internship to be a truly valuable work experience.


“The most rewarding aspect about interning at Double R Productions is getting to have the hands on and practical experience as an intern,” Darko says.


Pantoja (Institution: Government of Queretaro, Mexico) came to D.C. with some video production experience under her belt, valued the opportunity to build on her existing skills. After spending several weeks at Double R Productions, Pantoja, a teacher, is now sharing that expertise with other non-English speaking people to help tell the stories of many nations.


TWC’s partnership with Double R Productions dates to 1989, with the company hosting several students each semester. Rodger Brown and Catherine Baum, who manage Double R Productions’ internship program, explain that there is no such thing as a "hands off" internship in Washington, especially at a small production company like theirs.


“We believe in providing interns with a full-spectrum experience, allowing them to leave our offices confident, having gained tangible skills and fabulous demo reels that attest to the hard work they did throughout the semester,” Brown says.


To view the intern produced video for Mary’s Center, click here

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