Senior Spotlight: Madison Crognale

by Lizzie Farris

Madison Crognale, a senior double major in communications and film/media, has completed two outstanding internships this spring semester.

Crognale interned for WSBE-TV/Rhode Island PBS as an events development intern, and also as a newsroom intern for ABC6. Although internships like this are very competitive, Crognale’s past experience and knowledge gained in the Harrington School of Communication and Media helped her secure these internships.

Crognale performed varied job duties in her internships. As a newsroom intern, Crognale wrote web articles for ABC6 and shadowed producers in order to get a feel for different positions in the newsroom. As an events development intern, for WSBE-TV/Rhode Island PBS, Crognale was in charge of planning events such as An Evening Uncorked, their annual food and wine fundraising event. Crognale was in charge of contacting local businesses and merchants for donations such as gift baskets or gift cards. She was also in charge of organizing a book signing for a famous chef at the event.

The Harrington School of Communication and Media has prepared Crognale for her outstanding internships. She was told by her advisor, Dr. Kevin McClure, to focus on internships around her sophomore year, and has now built up an impressive resume. Crognale has learned all types of skills from each of her internships and has even become more comfortable in the interview process.

I’m building my portfolio, which is something I can show to employers,” Crognale said. “It will definitely make me stand out more.”