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For Immediate Release
May 16, 2016

IPFW English Graduate Student Lands Summer Internship at Facebook

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) graduate student Aaron McClaskey recently received a summer internship offer with social media giant Facebook. McClaskey is currently pursuing a master’s degree in English with a concentration in Writing Studies, while also working with IPFW Marketing Communications as creative copywriter.

Facebook’s internship program is highly competitive, but McClaskey’s professional as well as academic excellence made him a standout candidate. McClaskey was awarded the 2012 Rainn McPhail Memorial Scholarship and the 2016 Amidon Service Award. He is one of just eight candidates accepted for the internship.

Mary Ann Cain, professor in the Department of English and Linguistics at IPFW and McClaskey’s academic advisor, informed him of the opportunity after hearing about it from Andy Welfle, IPFW alumnus and current content strategist at Facebook.

Cain is passionate about helping IPFW students succeed. “In the IPFW English department, we pay attention to our students in many dimensions, not just academic achievements but their interests, talents, and where they are in their lives,” Cain said. “We pay attention to what we can do to move students towards their goals.”

“I couldn’t be more excited,” McClaskey said. “Calling it a massive, life-changing opportunity doesn’t even cut it. I’m grateful for the chance to prove myself, and for the faculty and professional mentors on campus who prepared me for this. I’ve been fortunate in finding avenues to expand and develop my writerly voice here at IPFW, not just creatively but professionally; I owe a lot to this university. I’m eager to find new ways to use my professional writing experience—and yes, even my background as a poet—to empower Facebook users to create and share their stories with millions.”

McClaskey will take his position as content strategy intern May 31.

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