Students/Alumni land internships, jobs

Posted 11-22-2013 by Chyng-Yang Jang

Comm Tech major Umear Ali is listening for a familiar ring on cell phones across campus. Ali made a ringtone a couple of years ago that has been picked up by iTunes and is now rising on the charts. At last check, Ali’s iPhoneremix was ranked in the Top 20 worldwide and No. 1 in Canada.

BCMN grad Vania Salinas has been hired by Univision-Dallas. Salinas is taking over UTA BCMN grad Reyna Cavazos’ position as morning editor now that Cavazos is moving to full-time anchor/reporter for the station’s morning show.

Shaun Hudgins, BCMN major, is interning with The Ben and Skin Show this semester after a summer internship with KRLD/105.3 The Fan working with Texas Rangers game audio. “Already I've learned a lot and am hopeful and optimistic about this possibly leading to a career opportunity for me. Right now, I'm working both internships concurrently and really enjoying it,” Hudgins says. “The experience I got with both radio production with Lance Liguez and TV production with Julian Rodriguez gave me a huge advantage over other interviewees and has helped me stand out from other interns as well.”

Evann Crawford, a Comm Studies major/PR minor, is currently participating in the Ford Grant Research Study with Dr. Shelley Wigley. The research project is a partnership with Mission Arlington in an attempt to create diabetes awareness.

PREL major Sara Tariq is a contributing writer for New York-based VIBE magazine, a contributing writer and editor for a music blog,, and is working an an intern for an LA-based artist management company. Tariq’s debut VIBE article, comparing established names in the electronic dance music industry to up-and-coming producers who are fairly young and new, can be accessed at the following link:

PREL and Communication Technology double major Noe Ponce a working as a contributing writer for a video game blog website aptly named “It's my job to regularly publish various articles on the video game industry every week by transforming plain, uninteresting press releases and industry news, into something fun and exciting that gamers would want to read, Ponce explains.

PREL major Brandon Demings is working in UTA’s Health Service Substance Abuse and Health Promotions Department as the Sr. Intern and Lead Educator. Demings is responsible for marketing, publicity and community relations for the organization and also works in peer education and counseling, providing support to students who may be dealing with substance abuse or alcohol problems.

Alyssa Davis, who graduated with a BA in Broadcasting in Summer 2013, has a new job as a camera operator at KTXD-TV in Addison.

UTA Mavericks got the opportunity to hear Dept. of Communication alumna Orieta Barbetta in her first on-air promo this month. Barbetta, a BCMN grad, is working for Univision45 in Houston.