Student Profile: Rebecca Gordon, C'2015
"Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?" Rebecca Gordon, C'2015, certainly can, thanks to the 2014 summer internship she completed with the Sesame Street Workshop in Manhattan, N.Y. There, the junior child development major, worked as a document research intern observing and conducting focus groups with mothers and their children.
Gordon also collected data to present to the company production team and administered testing at various schools using apps, videos and computers to engage children in fun, yet education learning activities associated with many of the beloved Sesame Street characters.
In addition to her Sesame Street internship, the child development major spent a summer month as a teacher assistant at the Brick Church School in New York working with 4- and 5-year old children as part of the Summer Steps program. She supervised field trips, conducted cooking classes and created arts and crafts activities for children.
Gordon is active in many campus organizations at Spelman, and is committed to community service work that supports the lives of women and children. Following graduation, Gordon plans to pursue a master's degree in education and begin teaching. Her ultimate goal is to teach English as a second language to children in Ecuador.
About Sesame Workshop: Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows including The Electric Company, to help bridge the literacy gap. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.
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