My name is Alana Persson and I am presently enrolled in my undergraduate degree at American University in Washington, DC, pursuing a major in Communications Law Economics and Government (CLEG) and a certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies.
During my time at this collegiate institution, I have had the opportunity to take the role as the Community Service Director of the Rotaract Club of American University. Through this position, I have helped facilitate a strong partnership between American University and the Federal City Rotary Club, Food and Friends, The Salvation Army of D.C., and Big Brother Big Sister D.C. Additionally, I have taken the role of Chair of Rotaract Charter Night, which took place at the Embassy of Pakistan in April of 2017.
When I’m not in class or volunteering, I can typically be found on Capitol Hill, where I am currently interning in a Congressional Office for a New Hampshire representative. This internship has allowed me to purse my interests in domestic policies, has expanded my writing and interpersonal skills, and has challenged me to look at societal issues through a critical lens.
The foundational writing, problem solving, and investigative skills that I use often in my classes and on Capitol Hill, have stemmed from various life experiences I have had outside of American University. Many of which have come from my time working for the news industry.
My entrance into the news industry began with the newspaper The Laconia Daily Sun, where I worked from April of 2012 through June of 2015, and again during the summers of 2016 and 2017. My position at The Sun included updating the community calendar daily, processing and filing community announcements in the online portal, and typing hand-written obituaries and letters. Additionally, during the summer of 2016 I was hired as a full-time field reporter, which allowed me to conduct interviews daily, attend local meetings, and write articles on pressing current events.
My work at the newspaper has allowed me to explore more journalistic opportunities both at American University and in New Hampshire. I have since worked as an intern at New Hampshire Public Radio for The Exchange, and written for the American Way of Life Magazine, and worked as assistant editor for the AmLit Magazine.
During my sabbatical from The Laconia Daily Sun (June 2015- June 2016), I travelled with the international non-profit organization Up with People, which allowed me to follow my passions for volunteer service, cultural immersion, and performing arts. During this time abroad, I spent seven weeks in Houston, Texas as a Promotions Representative Intern for the organization. While in Houston the internship allowed me to work with local media outlets such as The Houston Chronicle and produced informational press releases pertaining to the upcoming cast visit. Additionally, I networked with various companies, nonprofits, and media outlets, including The Strake Foundation and Colliers International.
My past experiences have allowed me to become accustomed to working under pressure and deadlines, both pragmatically and cooperatively with others. My strengths are that I’m detail-oriented, tenacious, and dedicated, constantly appreciating constructive criticism. Additionally, I have gained experience in conducting interviews during my time at The Laconia Daily Sun and in Up with People, and have become accustomed to interacting with new people on a daily basis. As a motivated hard worker, I truly believe I would be an asset your team.
I am confident that with my strong leadership skills and background in technical writing, I can be called upon for any Journalistic or Public Relations related job endeavors. Feel free to call me at 603-581-5517 for further information or to arrange an interview.