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Meet Drew Brown, our Very First UMD Intern

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Drew Brown and Lore Rosenthal at New Deal Cafe
Drew chatting with Lore Rosenthal at the New Deal Cafe during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, which Lore helped organize.

Recently, the University of Maryland’s English Department qualified Greenbelt Online as a publication meriting for-credit internships, so yay!

More good news came when we heard from rising junior Drew Brown about the opportunity, which he’d seen posted in departmental news. You’ll see from his resume below that we hit the jackpot to have such an accomplished and enterprising student covering life in Greenbelt, even if just for the summer. (The opportunity will be listed again in the fall and subsequent semesters.)

We’ve asked Drew to write three features about Greenbelt for us – profiling a small business in Greenbelt, a creative person or organization, and life for the LGBT community. Beyond that, we told Drew to get creative with photos or more articles on topics of his choosing – anything Greenbelt-related.

Here’s a brief message from Drew:

Hi Greenbelt! My name’s Drew, and I’m an English Literary and Cultural Studies major at the University of Maryland pursuing a certificate in LGBTQ studies and a minor in computer science. When not writing for Greenbelt Online, I spend my time photographing events for the Washington Blade, designing outfits, and creating sound collages for my show on WMUC FM Radio I’m thrilled to be documenting the remarkable people, businesses, and organizations of Greenbelt this summer. My hope is to spark interest among non-Greenbelt residents for the community’s rich history and culture by reporting on the people and groups providing outreach for youth and LGBTQ members of the community. See you around!

(Drew’s radio show will return to the air in the fall and can be heard here: http://wmuc.umd.edu/.)

Below, the resume of Drew Brown


Bachelor of Arts, English Anticipated May 2021

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

  • Minor in Computer Science
  • Intended Certificate in LGBTQ Studies
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.67; Dean’s List
  • Maryland Filmmakers Club Sound Designer & Cinematographer

Student Involvement: Operation Smile February 2019 – Present

  • Interact with students to promote awareness of cleft palate conditions
  • Photograph business portraits to raise money for children with cleft lip

Study Abroad: Photojournalism in Oaxaca, Mexico January 2019

  • Increased understanding of composition by photographing life in Mexico
  • Learned fundamentals of photo editing in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom


Producer on Duty (8 hrs/week) January 2019 – Present
MilkBoy ArtHouse, College Park, MD

  • Manage venue preparations prior to performances
  • Coordinate with artists to ensure positive experiences for performers and viewers
  • Adjust lighting and sound before and after shows

Artist Services Member (10 hrs/week) March 2018 – Present
Clarice Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD

  • Transport local and international artists to and from performance venues
  • Create a welcoming environment for artists
  • Train and provide support for new employees


Photography Intern June 2019 – Present
Washington Blade, Washington, D.C.

  • Photograph major events for weekly publications
  • Proofread and publish written articles online
  • Scan and catalog print photos from historic collection


Algebra & Precalculus Tutor July – August 2018
Best in Class Education Center, Ellicott City, MD

  • Developed teaching plan for students struggling with challenging subjects
  • Critically engaged students with core algebra concepts
  • Reinforced prior concepts to facilitate students’ understanding of new material

Vacation Bible School Volunteer Counselor July 2016 – July 2018

Glenelg United Methodist Church, Glenelg, MD

  • Supervised campers during and between activities
  • Led campers in prayer and bible readings
  • Dissolved and prevented altercations between young campers

Technical Skills


Microsoft Office, Photoshop Premiere, LATEX, HTML

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“Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012, and that first blog has grown into this nonprofit community website. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog at GardenRant.com and direct the nonprofit Good Gardening Videos.org.”

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