Nadeen Yanes and Jessica Guerin '13
“After I visited the campus a few times, I realized that Randolph-Macon College
was the place for me,” says Jessica Guerin ’13, a Midlothian, Virginia
native. “Now I can’t imagine myself anywhere else. I always tell people that R-MC
is nothing that I thought I wanted at first but everything I needed. I thought I
wanted a big school far from home, but after I took a
campus tour, I knew I wanted to be a Yellow Jacket.”
Guerin, a sociology and
women’s studies major and film studies
minor, recently completed a January Term (J-term)
internship at ABC/WRIC TV8 in Richmond,
Under the guidance of Nadeen Yanes, a video journalist at WRIC, Guerin attended
meetings, offered story ideas and helped secure interviews. She also learned firsthand
the finer points of interviewing, filming, and editing.
“It was a great opportunity to work on my filming and camera skills,” says Guerin.
“Internships are important because it’s one thing to do well in the classroom but
the working world is a whole different ball game.”
The Importance of Mentorship
“Every news story and every interview is different,” says Yanes. “Learning how to
communicate with interviewees and set up appointments is something you only learn
by doing. I had Jessie work on communicating with interviewees to make them comfortable
enough to go on camera. She also helped with research and dug a little deeper for
information to make our stories even better.”
Guerin chose to major in sociology after taking Sociology Professor Denise Bissler’s
Deviant Behavior and Social Control course. The course explores behavior that violates
norms and mechanisms of social control and implications of these for social policy.
“I loved everything about it, from the readings to the lectures,” says Guerin. “Professor
Bissler is my advisor and I love working with her. She really pushes me in class
and makes me work for every grade I get—but that gives me a real sense of accomplishment.”
A course taught by Anthropology and Women's Studies Professor Debra Rodman prompted
Guerin to choose her second major, women’s studies.
“She’s a tough instructor too but I love that,” says Guerin. “I like being challenged,
and when I get a good grade from my professors I know I have really earned it.”
Finding The EDGE
Guerin, who is very active with campus organizations—Relay
for Life and Delta Zeta are just two of her favorites—takes advantage of many of
the programs offered by The EDGE,
within the Center for Personal and Career Development.
“I especially enjoy the programs that center on networking,” she says. “I’ve had
the opportunity to meet a lot of alumni, and they have been very helpful in giving
me career advice. R-MC offers so many opportunities. I recently attended
Boot Camp, which was offered by The EDGE, and
it was a great experience.”
Internships are just one of the opportunities offered by The Randolph-Macon
EDGE. Within the Center for Personal and Career Development, The
EDGE is a four-year program designed to help students identify
their career passions, compete for meaningful employment and apply to graduate schools.
For 30 years, R-MC’s Bassett Internship
Program has been successfully placing students in internships both in the
U.S. and around the globe. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and Career Development,
the Bassett Internship Program works closely with students to help identify their
interests and match them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s
alumni provide a strong network of support for students
throughout their time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with
career direction and opportunities.
Students may choose to pursue academic, paid, or volunteer internships in a wide
variety of settings; recent internships have seen R-MC students gaining valuable
knowledge and experience in fields including health care, finance, non-profit, communications
and media, education, politics and law, and the arts.