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Hammond graduate gets prime time experience through internship at Maryland Public Television

For some college students at McDaniel College, the winter term is a chance to take something new — from a class teaching stress reduction or a chance to get some theater experience.

But for Howard County’s Khadijah Poston, the three-week winter term — or Jan Term as it’s known at McDaniel — has offered a chance to dip into the workforce.

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Poston, a Jessup resident who graduated from Hammond High School, spent the last three weeks interning at Maryland Public Television in Owings Mills, where she got to jump into the world of broadcast production, working each day with different producers and seeing how programs are assembled.

“I just help them with whatever they need,” said Poston, a senior at the Westminster school.

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Maryland Public Television includes six television stations that broadcast in Maryland, as well as into the District of Columbia and parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, according to its website. MPT is a member of the Public Broadcasting Service.

Poston said she appreciates that MPT does a variety of different TV shows, from children’s programming to cooking.

She’s been working primarily with MPT’s “Maryland Farm & Harvest” show. Poston said she spent her three works pulling footage and clips, and working to help transcribe them. She also got to be a part of the editing process.

She said she has edited video before, but has learned about different types of editing software — something that will help her be more versatile in her own work.

“Internships are so important because even though you’re not getting paid, you know whether or not you actually want to do this in real life,” she said. “It helps you decide where you want to go.”

Officials at McDaniel say that’s the ultimate goal of internship offerings — and the Jan Term experience.

“One of the goals at McDaniel is to expose all students to as many experiential learning opportunities as possible, and the three-week Jan Term is a great time for students to try something new,” said Connie Sgarlata, director of the Center for Experience & Opportunity at McDaniel, via email. “We have many students who take advantage of this period of time to gain real-world experience.”

Poston is double majoring in psychology and cinema at McDaniel. She said she has enjoyed her time at MPT, and hopes she can bring skills learned at the internship to another one of her passions — natural hair. She said she learned about the merits of natural hair when she came to college, and since those days, has learned to embrace it.

“I grew my hair out and I actually embraced my curls,” she said. “It’s like self love, so it’s really important to me.”

She and a friend have a club on campus, Curl Friends, and have reached out to natural hair brands in hopes of promoting their interest. Poston’s growing expertise in media could potentially help that initiative.

“If I can… incorporate video or write stories about it, that would be awesome,” she said.

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