MTSU senior Haley Ellis is another example of the University’s commitment to the value of hands-on, real-world learning.
From a pool of 190 applicants, the electronic media journalism major was one of three students selected for a summer internship at CNN Productions in Atlanta.
“She beat out candidates at some of the top schools in the country,” said CNN Executive Producer Jeffery Reid, himself a graduate of MTSU’s College of Mass Communication.
“I am very excited about my internship with Mr. Jeffery Reid at CNN,” Ellis said. “I was attending the College of Mass Communication scholarship ceremony (in April 2010) where Mr. Reid was being inducted into the MTSU Mass Comm Wall of Fame. After the banquet, I introduced myself to Mr. Reid just to be friendly, and he told me he read through my resume and he thought it looked impressive.
“The end of school came, and I did have an internship lined up with a Nashville station, which I was very pleased about. I went home before my internship started, and I received a call from CNN. They interviewed me on the phone. The next day, Mr. Reid called and told me I was accepted as an intern in the Special Investigations and Documentary Unit.
“I’m so excited for this opportunity. I know it will be an amazing experience that I will grow and learn from,” Ellis continued. “My parents are so proud and beyond thrilled for me. When I was interviewing for the position, my mom didn’t know who I was talking to, and I wrote on my notebook, ‘CNN.’ She saw that, and her jaw dropped.
“I want to learn anything and everything I can,” she added.
Ellis earned an associate’s degree in communication at Danville Area Community College, Danville, Ill., where she was a Presidential Scholar. She is currently on the dean’s list and a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at MTSU and plans to graduate this fall.
Ellis’ parents, Jill and Walter Ellis, live in Buchanan, Va.