Flannery Wasson was an Undergraduate Scholar in 2013 when she interned for the non-profit United to End Genocide.
Where are you from?
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I studied at the University of Arkansas and got a BA in Political Science with a minor in Drama and African & African-American History.
What was the best part of your internship?
The best part of my internship was being able to gain real experience instead of just making copies. I learned so much during my internship about communications, using data to better your messages, and how to create engaging campaigns to keep your audience excited. The information I learned that summer put my ahead of so many others who hadn’t had an opportunity to gain that real world experience that shapes your ideas and strategy.
What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
Go outside! You are in Washington, DC, and don’t let other people dampen your excitement. Sometimes you make great friends in DC, but no one wants to go to the museums or take advantage of the amazing opportunities around them. You can go alone and you will have fun. Treat this experience like a course you’re paying for in college – you wouldn’t skip out on lectures, so don’t skip out on all the amazing Smithsonian museums and events right outside your door!
What are you doing now?
After working for a year and a half at United to End Genocide, my wonderful boss and mentor recommended me for a job in video production at Double R Productions. I am now the communications and production coordinator, working on multiple video projects a week and going on shoots while keeping an eye on our web presence and growing our audience. I actually assist with our interns and I can share my stories to help them feel better about their hectic DC intern lives.
What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
I would love to return to Arkansas one day to help my community. I’m not sure if that is a 10 year goal or later, but in 10 years I hope to have made another documentary (or two!) and helping my community strengthen and grow wherever I live.
What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
I am reading The Shaping of Black America: The Struggles and Triumphs of African-Americans, 1619-1990s and it’s fabulous. I picked up my minor in African-American history in my senior year, so I’m sad I wasn’t able to take more classes to learn more about the incredible history of a whole set of Americans that we were never taught growing up. African-American history is American history, so it’s disappointing that so little is taught about the amazing figures that persevered through so much. The book I would recommend would be Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Not only is it a fresh tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but also it’s a great look into the adversities she faced as a Jewish woman and how she has never stopped fighting for rights for women and especially minority women. #Shero for sure.
Tell us a fun fact!
My fun fact is that I actually met most of my friends in DC and my boyfriend as an intern on June 15th, 2013! I didn’t know anyone and didn’t want to spend my time in DC alone, so I searched for something to do and found that the website Reddit was having a big picnic. I timidly showed up with some cookies and ended up spending all day with a great group of people that later became my friends in DC and one became my boyfriend Eric! Eric and I are very thankful for the B.A. Rudolph Foundation giving me this opportunity or we really would have never met. Crazy, right?