Connecting to my most valuable resource: An internship at Discovery Education

Posted on behalf of Angelica Townsend:

Upon entering the doors of the Discovery Communications’ Chicago office, I knew that I would have the opportunity to grow tremendously as a professional. However, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the internship. Would I enjoy my projects? Would I be able to connect with other professionals within the company? Would I like the corporate atmosphere? During my initial meeting with Steve Dembo I saw this meme posted on his desk. Somehow I knew that the answer to those questions would be a resounding “yes.”

Shortly after, I began working on several projects that reflect my interests in social media and video production. I learned about technical aspects in relation to tracking online campaigns, social aspects in respect to creating an online profile geared towards a specific audience, and audiovisual aspects in relation to editing and framing videos. Beyond gaining that knowledge, I became another voice for the Discovery Educator Network. Even though I absolutely love video production, I would have to say that being involved in the DEN has been the most rewarding part of my internship.

Before this year, I had never really heard of such a great community of dedicated educators. Fortunately, I have benefited from several innovative teachers who decided to take it upon themselves to effectively impact their students’ education, but I believed that those teachers were far and few between. Essentially, it was refreshing to see so many people devoted to educating others and spreading knowledge. After connecting with individuals in different levels within the DEN community, I quickly became aware of the value of the DEN. The DEN community reminded me of my family, my friends, my fellow Posse Scholars, and the various connections I’ve made here at Discovery Communications. All of these communities are united by their passion for professional and personal development as well as their commitment towards supporting the advancement of others.
As I wrap up my last day here at Discovery Education, I’d like to sincerely say thank you to Steve, the DEN team, and the DEN community for an exciting and enriching summer.

I leave you all with my final project for this summer… the DEN Video Yearbook!


Angelica Townsend
Pomona College 2013
Posse Scholar



  1. Danee Conley said:

    I’m so glad we got to be interns together this summer! You definitely made a difference on your team and in my own experience as well. Good luck in school! You’re going to rock it!

  2. Porter Palmer said:

    Thanks so much for your contributions to the DEN! You have been a great addition to the team, and your work will have a lasting impact.

    All the best!

  3. Katie Warren said:

    Wow, Angelica, your post and video tribute are amazing. So glad I had a chance to meet you at the ISTE DoD on Saturday. (I see you stayed on the camera side of the cupcakes that day.)

    You will be missed.
    p.s. what software did you use to create your video yearbook?

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