This spring, Lejla Radoncic, a Junior at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, made her mark in digital media as an intern at the Clinton Foundation in New York. Lejla, pictured with President Clinton, played a key role in the Foundation’s Digital and New Media team that designs and develops online communications. Digital and New Media interns also work on projects involving multimedia development, digital imaging, web content drafting, production of web pages and e-newsletters, analyzing statistics, and researching new web technologies. “There was something new to learn every day at the Clinton Foundation,” she notes. While sharpening her technical skills in open source content and web publishing systems, Lejla also applied her language skills to support cascading social interactions. “I use my knowledge of Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Albanian to moderate responses, comments and reactions on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.” The Clinton Foundation provides its interns with a substantive professional experience, while promoting a sense of community and social responsibility.“The Foundation requires its interns to serve the community,” observes Lejla. “I volunteered at Doc to Dock in Brooklyn where I sorted medical supplies for shipment to areas of need.”
Lejla joined the Clinton Foundation following an internship at CNN during the fall 2010 semester.She provided production assistance for CNN’s United Nations correspondent during the 65th Annual General Assembly meetings.“The meetings on the Millennium Development Goals were especially hectic,” observed Lejla. “My responsibilities included waiting at the ‘delegates’ entrance’ to spot important presidents, ambassadors, foreign ministers and prime ministers to allow the cameraman to film a sound bite.”Notable encounters included Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
This summer, Lejla will again work in the presidential sphere at the Office of Presidential Correspondence in Washington, D.C. She will handle official correspondence on behalf of President Obama in support of his effort to maintain a mutually beneficial dialogue with the American people. From private citizens to civic organizations and elected officials, this office receives and responds to the spectrum of sundry letters the President receives. The office provides the President with daily samples of constituent mail to keep him apprised of the concerns and ideas of the American people.
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