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Date Posted: September 15, 2014
Name: Shelby Giles
Year Graduated: 2005
Location: Alexandria, VA 22304 United States
Email Address:
Message: Hello fellow SMAD alum! I'm posting today with a great job opportunity for someone who is looking for a job in D.C. The ideal candidate has great writing skills (news/feature writing style) and awesome InDesign layout skills. Please feel free to shoot me an email if you'd like more details. ( Thanks!
Date Posted: September 4, 2014
Name: Courtney Maino (Guynn)
Year Graduated: 2013
Location: Charlottesville, VA 22901 United States
Email Address:
Employer: Arvold Casting
Message: Hey SMADies! Do you want to spend a day on the set of a major studio production?! I work for Arvold Casting in Charlottesville, VA and we are currently casting Background Extras for the ABC / Amazon Studios pilot POINT OF HONOR (Written and directed by Randall Wallace, the writer/director of "BRAVEHEART"). The pilot will be filming in the Richmond / Central VA area starting on September 9th and we're reaching out to all of you awesome people searching for the following: Caucasian men 18-35 years old. Young African American men and women 18-30 years old. African American children. Caucasian women with long, natural colored hair, 18-30 years old. A String Quartet. Men with missing limbs to portray wounded soldiers. If you or any friends or family fit the mold or think you could help re-create a Civil War-era world you should submit following the instructions found on our casting notice here: This is an amazing opportunity! Oh, and did I mention you'll get PAID??
Date Posted: July 17, 2014
Name: Sarah Hasnain
Year Graduated: 2013
Location: Ashburn, VA 20147
Email Address:
Employer: GeoConcepts Engineering
Message: Hey Smaddies! Hope you're all doing well. I currently work in marketing for a geotechnical engineering firm. One of our close partners, Louis Berger (an architecture, engineering and construction management firm) is looking for a Marketing Intern to help its business development and proposal process. Writing is needed as well as knowledge of the Adobe Suite (Perfect for Smaddies). More information, as well as applying, is provided in the link below:
Date Posted: April 7, 2014
Name: Kristin DeRamus
Year Graduated: 2008
Location: McLean, VA
Email Address:
Employer: Gannett
Message: Hey all, can't wait for SMAD day this year. Just wanted to share with SMAD alumni that Gannett Digital is hiring for a Senior Developer role on the Interactive Applications team. We are located in Tysons Corner, VA. About Gannett Digital: Headquartered in McLean, VA, Gannett Digital is a rapidly growing division of Gannett, a media and marketing solutions company. Gannett Digital is responsible for designing and developing digital products (iPhone apps, Android apps, iPad apps, websites, etc) for over 130+ properties including USA TODAY, WUSA9 TV, and the Staunton News Leader. We have a work hard, play hard mentality in a casual work environment with fun perks including: -Ping pong, foosball, and pool -Free coffee and fruit -Outdoor patio workspace -A beautiful campus with a pond and walking path -On-site gym, post-office, and Starbucks -Monthly birthday cakes and treats -Team events like go-karts, biking, and baseball games Shoot me a message at if you are interested. Thanks!
Date Posted: March 7, 2014
Name: Samantha Thompson
Year Graduated: 2012
Location: Roanoke, VA 24015 USA
Email Address:
Employer: Schurz Communications - WDBJ7 Television
Message: To anyone looking for a great job, we have two openings at WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Va. One is a PT graphic designer job. The other is a morning web producer position. You'd work closely with our digital team and it's a great company with wonderful people and lots of opportunities to learn and grow. To apply, visit and choose WDBJ7 in the Company: dropdown. We're also looking for summer interns, a multimedia journalist, and producers. I hope you'll apply! Four of us on the digital staff are JMU graduates :)

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