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Nicole Vargas, M.A.

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Nicole Vargas, M.A. HeadshotAn award-winning print and multimedia journalist, Nicole Vargas is the internship coordinator in the School of Journalism & Media Studies.

Since joining the faculty full-time in 2011, Vargas has coordinated and supervised the JMS internship program in the fields of advertising, journalism, public relations and media studies. She is directly responsible for the placement of college seniors in a wide range of pre-professional experiences (paid, for-credit and volunteer opportunities). She also implements career development-driven seminars for more than 90 students pursuing academic credit each academic year, while serving as coordinator of the School’s e-portfolio program. Vargas is the career and internship adviser to all JMS majors and pre-majors.

Outside of the internship program, Vargas has taught a mobile journalism lab course, in which students covered the 2013 special mayoral election in San Diego using only iPads. She also previously taught principles of journalism, media writing and reporting, and writing for mass media.

Vargas was elected by the University Senate to serve a multi-year appointment to the Campus Internship Working Group, an initiative of the university’s strategic plan designed to expand training opportunities for students and engagement with employers. Vargas also lectures frequently on personal branding, multimedia production and social media strategies, speaking at campus, community and national events.

Vargas has a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego and a master’s degree from National University. Her career as a professional journalist spanned more than 10 years, most recently at The San Diego Union-Tribune. She is a member of a number of regional and national journalism organizations, including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the California Chicano News Media Association and the Online News Association.