Drury junior puts her powers of design to work at Marvel

Anne Marie Schudy doesn’t own a cape or wear spandex to the office, but she’s working with a cadre of super heroes during her summer internship with Marvel Entertainment in New York City.

Schudy, a visual communication and graphic design major from Drury, is working at the headquarters of the entertainment giant that created Spider-Man, X-Men, The Avengers and dozens of other comic book, movie and TV heroes.

She earned the gig on the strength of her student portfolio and an interview. Marvel was the first choice for the self-described “nerd” who’s a fan of the Marvel movies and TV shows.

“You never dream that a huge, worldwide company would pick you because there are so many applicants,” she says.

Schudy, who will be a junior this fall, is putting her skills to work in Marvel’s Creative Services Department, which guides and assists the vast universe of licensees that use Marvel’s intellectual property in some way.

Schudy works primarily with the comic books side of Marvel’s house, though she isn’t necessarily a comics geek herself.

“It’s not necessary for the job,” she says.

The job is creative, but it’s also technical. Photoshop and other design programs are her primary tools.

Anne Marie Schudy

“Essentially what they need is someone who knows the software really well,” she says.

Still, it’s certainly not your typical office environment.

“You just hear all these terms like ‘Thor’ and ‘Spider-Man’ thrown around on a daily basis. That’s fun. You don’t hear that in every workplace,” Schudy says with a laugh. “It’s just so fascinating to see; just to observe the work these people do. There’s an energy here.”

Leaks and spoilers are of the utmost concern when dealing with intellectual property in today’s high-stakes entertainment industry, so there’s a strict no-photos rule inside the workplace at Marvel. That means no Snapchats to friends and, unfortunately, no selfies with Iron Man for profile stories like this one, either.

The Marvel offices are located in Midtown Manhattan and Schudy lives in a dorm in a nearby university. She’s been able to soak up the sights and sounds of the city as a resident, rather than as a tourist, when she’s not at work.

It’s been quite a journey for the Springfield native who traveled just across the street from Central High School to Drury for college. Schudy says Drury was “always kind of an obvious choice for me” after her time in the academically rigorous International Baccelaurette program at Central.

“I felt Drury was kind of a continuation of that,” she says of the school’s wide-ranging liberal arts focus. “I was just lucky to have such a great college in my hometown.”

It should come as no surprise, then, that Schudy plans to further broaden her academic horizons when she returns to Drury this fall. She’s as interested in coding and math as she is in visual design, and she plans to delve into some of the courses in Drury’s brand-new software engineering degree offering.

“This semester I’ll be exploring the computer science side of things,” she says.


Drury student earns prestigious AAF national internship

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 10, 2016 — For the eighth time in 11 years, a Drury University student has been named to the prestigious American Advertising Federation (AAF) Vance L. Stickell Memorial Internship Program. The program recognizes the top 20 AAF students in the nation.

Samantha Behen, an advertising and public relations major from Gladstone, Missouri, is the latest recipient. She will spend the summer in Kansas City working with the team at Global Prairie, a digital marketing and advertising agency focused on clients whose products and services create a healthier world.

“I could not be more excited about working for Global Prairie through the Stickell Internship program this summer,” Behen says. “One of the coolest aspects of Global Prairie is their passion for philanthropy. Not only does the agency donate 10 percent of its profits to charitable organizations, but employees are also encouraged to engage in local nonprofit organizations by volunteering and serving on boards.”

Samantha Behen

Samantha Behen

Each year, a handful of outstanding students from across the country are selected for 10-week Stickell internships at U.S. media organizations, advertising agencies and client and supplier companies. The internship, established in 1989 in honor of Vance L. Stickell (1925-1987), former Executive Vice President, Marketing, for The Los Angeles Times, is intended to raise awareness and understanding of advertising processes and business ethics among future advertising professionals.

Previous Stickell interns from Drury have worked with companies such as Whole Foods, Urban Decay, The Los Angeles Times and IBM. Each has since established successful careers in the industry following graduation.

“Samantha is precisely the kind of person we want to see entering a career path in advertising.,” says Dr. Regina Waters, professor of communication at Drury. “She is smart, reflective, tenacious, committed, approachable, determined, curious and collaborative. It’s exciting and gratifying to see Drury add yet another student to the elite AAF list of top advertising students in the country.”



Drury student earns prestigious national advertising internship

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 8, 2015 — For the seventh time in 10 years, a Drury University student has been named to the prestigious American Advertising Federation (AAF) Vance L. Stickell Memorial Internship Program. The program recognizes the top 15 AAF students in the nation.

Kathryn Wilson, an advertising/public relations and Spanish double major, is the latest recipient. She will work with the team at Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas this summer. Wilson was offered the position after interviewing with Whole Foods following a national nomination process.

Each year, a handful of outstanding students from across the country are selected for 10-week Stickell internships at U.S. media organizations, advertising agencies and client and supplier companies. The internship, established in 1989 in honor of Vance L. Stickell (1925-1987), former Executive Vice President, Marketing, for the Los Angeles Times, is intended to raise awareness and understanding of advertising processes and business ethics among future advertising professionals.

“I am both thrilled and humbled to be selected as a 2015 Stickell intern. Joining the Whole Foods Market team will truly be an unforgettable experience,” said Wilson, a Nixa native. “Through this opportunity, I hope to gain more insights into how Whole Foods uses social media and other PR tactics to establish meaningful relationships with its consumers and foster its brand identity.”

Kathryn Wilson

Kathryn Wilson

Previous Stickell interns from Drury have worked with companies such as Urban Decay, The Los Angeles Times and IBM. Each has since moved on to establish successful careers in the industry following graduation.

“Kathryn’s selection as a 2015 Stickell Intern is a wonderful accomplishment,” said Dr. Regina Waters, chair of the Department of Communication. “Given her leadership talents, academic achievements, and passion for integrated marketing communications, I’m not surprised her nomination packet rose to the top of the stack. I am beyond thrilled that Drury is adding another student to the elite AAF list of top advertising students in the nation.”


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Disney internship is “dream come true” for architecture student

Dreams do come true, as fifth-year architecture student Billy Miller proved after completing two internships at “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Miller interned with Disney Imagineering in 2010 and again in 2013.

“I’ve wanted to work for Disney since I was 7 years old,” Miller says.

Disney’s “Imagineers” are responsible for designing and building theme parks, resorts, and other entertainment venues. More than 140 different job titles fall under the banner of Imagineering, according to Disney, including illustrators, architects, engineers, writers, graphic designers and more.

Billy Miller

Drury architecture student Billy Miller

Miller worked with other Imagineers on a variety of projects such as Splash Mountain, as well as buildings, lighting and even animal pens. He also took on a key role on the team designing Disney Springs, a transformation of what is now Downtown Disney inside Walt Disney World into a space modeled after a classic Florida lakeside town.

The experience taught him the importance of collaboration with other disciplines both in and outside of the architectural field and about how to use architecture to tell a story. But he also took a great deal of knowledge with him into the job.

“Drury and the Hammons School of Architecture not only helped foster my design style, but gave me the confidence and knowledge that allowed me to become a leader at Disney,” he says. Miller cites mentors such as professor Jay Garrott and instructor Jeff Barber as specific influences at the beginning of his architectural career.

“I honestly did not realize the breadth of what I had learned until I got down to Disney and saw how many jobs I was able to accomplish that other interns could not,” he says.

Managers within the company gave interns the latitude to lead projects if they showed promise, Miller says. He adds that he was able to take hold of such an opportunity after only three weeks working under another architect.

But the biggest opportunity was simply a chance “to make people happy.”

“There is honestly nothing like seeing someone smile because of something you worked on,” Miller says


Story by Trevor Cobb, writing major at Drury.

Students find valuable internship experience in Washington, D.C.

Drury University’s partnership with a Washington, D.C., organization has been giving students the chance to complete high-profile internships for decades.

The Washington Center allows undergrads to live in the nation’s capital, gain professional work experience and receive class credit to stay on track for graduation. Drury has been working with The Washington Center for about 30 years and typically sends three or four students a year.

Dr. Dan Ponder, professor of political science and Drury liaison for The Washington Center, encourages all majors to consider this program.

“Students coming from a liberal arts school like Drury have great critical thinking skills, the ability to adapt, and are sensitive to the world outside their major,” Ponder says. “That serves them well for their internship. Whether you’re in theater, business, communications, political science, etc., you will be matched at an internship site that works for you and you’ll get an invaluable experience from working in a city like D.C.”

In the past, students have interned with lobbying firms, finance companies, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, nonprofits in the area, and more. Others have worked directly with members of Congress.

Students interested in The Washington Center submit an application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and receive approval from the university’s program liaison. Students also submit an interest form to the Center, which is used to match them with potential internship sites in D.C. During the fall and spring semesters, students pay Drury tuition, housing costs, and an administrative fee, but all scholarships and loans still apply. Students room with other undergrads at the Center who come from colleges across the country.

Mai Baldwin, a senior international political studies and French major, spent Spring 2014 at the Washington Center and interned with the Wilson Center. She extended her D.C. stay and interned at the Aspen Institute over the summer.

Mai Baldwin

Mai Baldwin

During the spring, Baldwin was enrolled in 12 upper division hours through Drury. She also attended academic and leadership seminars during her stay.

Baldwin, who hopes to attend law school after graduation, focused on students’ access to higher education during her time at the Center. She even brought back a workshop to Drury that helps students study for the LSAT free of charge, a concept modeled off a nonprofit in D.C.

“After the spring, I ended up with a summer job offer because of my work during the semester,” Baldwin says. “It really shows that if you’re diligent, put yourself out there and meet new people, opportunities will come. I had a lot of personal development from being outside of my comfort zone and it gave me a different perspective of the world.”


Story by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, English and Writing major at Drury.

Recent Drury grad completes White House internship

From Drury to Washington, D.C., Austin Seaborn is proving that with perseverance, the right attitude, and hard work, anything is possible. Seaborn, a 2013 graduate with a bachelor’s in German and International Political studies, has spent the last year pursuing a Master’s degree at Georgetown University while also interning at the White House, continuing the legacy of leadership that he left at Drury.

Georgetown has top-ranked programs in international affairs, and only about 20 people were accepted into Seaborn’s program at the BMW Center for German and European Studies.

“I knew it was competitive so I beefed up other areas of my resume — I had great internships, a lot of leadership positions and experiences, and studied abroad while I was at Drury,” Seaborn said. “One of my professors, Dr. John Taylor, got his Master’s and Ph.D. (at Georgetown), too, and he gave me a lot of encouragement.”


During his first semester in grad school, Seaborn applied to be an intern at the White House and found out this past December that he would be working in the Office of Legislative Affairs — the President’s liaison to Congress.

From January to May, he worked 50 hours a week and was a full-time student. He met and escorted members of Congress to events and meetings at the White House, monitored the Senate floor and counted votes, and helped manage and track correspondence from members of Congress to the President and other senior officials.

During his internship, Seaborn spoke with the President, First Lady, Vice President, and Chief of Staff. He even got the chance to play with the President’s two dogs, Sunny and Bo.

“I most enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside some of America’s best and brightest. Both the staff and my fellow interns are brilliant, hardworking people who wake up every morning and come to work hoping to make a positive impact on people’s lives,” Seaborn said. “It was great getting to meet so many members of Congress, and see what goes in to making a meeting or event happen at the White House was unforgettable.”

Seaborn’s internship and experiences reaffirmed his commitment to public service. He is excited at the possibility of starting a career that raises discussion about important issues and helps positively affect the people around him.

“I hope to use the skills I have learned and the experiences I have been so fortunate to have to help others who are going through a tough time and to inspire people to set lofty goals, work efficiently, be flexible to different opportunities, and to give back to people in need,” Seaborn said.

This summer, Seaborn will be working at the Georgetown Law Center and will start his last year of graduate school in the fall.


Story by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, and English and writing major at Drury. A version of this story first appeared in the Springfield News-Leader. 

Drury student gets ONE outstanding internship

Springfield, Mo., August 6, 2012 — In 2010, I was asked to help start ONE Drury—a campus chapter for the international advocacy organization ONE. Co-founded by U2’s Bono, ONE advocates for smart programs that effectively combat preventable diseases, extreme poverty and elevate people to become productive members of society. Since its formation, ONE Drury has become a nationally recognized chapter of ONE.

Brian Hendershot at the Korean American Coalition in Los Angeles

Each semester, every ONE Campus competes in the ONE Campus Challenge. Points are based on the quantity and quality of a chapter’s members and events. I am proud to say that despite Drury’s relatively small size, we have excelled in both the number of chapter members and events. Through general advocacy events and engaging our members of Congress on a regular basis, we have become one of the top campus chapters (#12 of 2581).  We have done so well that we were selected to host a training session for ONE Midwest on campus and also to lobby on Capitol Hill with top ONE members from around the country.

Leading ONE Drury has opened many doors for me—most notably an internship at the Korean American Coalition (KAC) in Los Angeles this summer.  KAC is a non-profit advocacy organization that promotes the civic and civil interests of Korean Americans—one of the fastest growing and most underrepresented ethnic groups in the United States.

My primary task at KAC is to seek support for the North Korean Refugee Adoption Act (NKRAA) in the Midwest.  This bill seeks to give currently stateless and orphaned children the status and visibility to help them lift themselves out of poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency for a brighter future.

My experience at KAC and at ONE has made me aware of how powerful voices can be when combined into one.  I can shout and scream all day long but, unless I have people to support me, no one will listen. An organization can only achieves its goals when it speaks with one voice and demands change.

I hope that I can make people realize that humanitarian crises are not limited to their country of origin—they are global crises and must be solved by the global community. That is why I will continue to add my voice to the fray, long after I leave KAC and Drury.


Story Written by Brian Hendershot. He will be a junior at Drury and plans to graduate with two degrees in religion and philosophy as well as an associate’s degree in Asian studies in May 2014.