John Heckathorn, Ph.D Internship Award Recipient Named

Ashleigh Garcia

Graduating senior, Ashleigh Garcia is the recipient of this year’s John Heckathorn, Ph.D Internship Award. The John Heckathorn, Ph.D Internship Award provides opportunities for the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Communication students. The intent of the award is to encourage students to gain hands-on, real-world experience and to hone in on their specific area of interest within the communication field. Heckathorn, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and perhaps Hawai’i’s best known food and cultural media critic, passed in 2011.

Garcia, a Communication Studies major with a minor in Writing, did her practica as an editorial intern at Nella Media Group. Following graduation, she plans on pursuing a career in publishing, focusing on her love for editing. Currently she is heavily involved around campus as the current lead editor for the Kalamalama student newspaper, a Liberal Arts Senator for the Student Government Association and member of the Cheerleading team.

To be eligible for this award, applicants should be enrolled in the department's COM 3950 communication practicum program.