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Summer internship turns into a 'dream job'

By: Jeff Burns

July 29, 2006

For some people, the idea of landing a job with a major league baseball franchise is something of which only dreams are made. But Corona del Sol alumnus Meghann Wood is living the dream.

After graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in communications, Wood decided she wanted to incorporate her interest in intercultural communications with the world of sports.

That's when she applied for—and quickly won--a summer internship with the Washington Nationals baseball team.

Before graduating from ASU, Wood says, she applied for a program called Capitol Scholars. The program allows a select group of students to work internships in the Washington, D.C., area.

Fortunately, an employee of the Nationals' public-relations department was a family friend and helped to get Wood's application into the right hands.

Now in Washington, Wood has been working with the media and helping the Nationals receive their credentials.

The Washington Nationals franchise is in its second year in Washington after moving from Montreal.

Wood has been working with the organization to connect with the community.  She says she spends time researching what programs work with communities so that the franchise can adopt these programs.

Yet, according to Wood, her experience with the franchise shows that it is truly different than the other cities.

“There are always events going on,” Wood said. “One great thing about being here is the exposure to political events that people may not be aware of at home.

“Living here forces you to be aware.”

Although living what many might consider a dream, not everything mean that Meghann does not get to see the games for free—that is jus an added bonus.

A bonus that most people only dream about.

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