Photo internship: the Roanoke native worked in the summer for the Getty Images photo bank | Arts & Theater

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A Roanoke native’s Linked-In hunt landed her a summer job with an image giant.

Kaitlyn “Katie” Dillon, 21, worked for visual market Getty Images. She got the summer internship through the internship program of the Television Academy Foundation, a non-profit arm of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

She has worked remotely from Blacksburg for the most part, creating content for social media platforms and working on the stock image desk.

“I was able to go to North Hollywood last time [month], which was really fun. I have to work in the office…and help with a photoshoot,” Dillon said.

High school graduate William Byrd, who is entering his senior year at Virginia Tech, discovered the opportunity in January, during one of his regular LinkedIn hunts in January. The multimedia and creative journalism student often consults the profiles of people occupying the positions to which she aspires.

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“And that’s when I saw the Television Academy under two of them,” she recalled in a phone interview last month.

After hitting the “send” button for the application, the suspense crept in and she doubted the program would accept her. The internship program informed her in March that she was a finalist and at the end of May Katie received notice of acceptance. She and 40 other interns began their work in June.

Dillon said his favorite part of the internship was meeting people. Seeing her mentors and the accomplishments of other women inspired her. She enjoyed networking with other Television Academy Foundation interns who were placed at other companies.

It was bittersweet to end it, but Dillon is set to graduate from Virginia Tech this fall, after which she plans to pursue graduate school. The Roanoke native hopes to move to New York or Los Angeles in the future and embrace any business with a good culture and creative opportunities.

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