Dominique Maria Bonessi|
83 Beach Ave Milford, CT 06460



The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Expected Graduation May 2015
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications
Bachelor of Arts in Arab Language and Culture

Middlebury College Program, University of Jordan
Spring 2014  
Intensive Arabic Language and Culture Courses
Amman, Jordan

Al-Akhawayn University Ifrane, Morocco
Summer 2012
Four week Intensive Arabic Course, traveling, and blogging

Academy of Our Lady of Mercy Lauralton Hall, Milford, CT
 May 2011  

National Security Language Initiative for Youth, Egypt
 Summer 2009
Six week intensive Arabic classes and lived with host family in Cairo

Work Experience

Video Intern, Epic PR Group, Alexandria,VA
Fall 2013                                                                                                

-Producing video content for clients.
   -Pitching video content to client.
   -Shooting and editing footage
   -Interviewing for client opinions
    -Administrative tasks

Editorial Intern, The Fiscal Times, New York, New York
 Summer 2013                                                                   

-Researched partner stories to post on website
    -Used company personalized content management system, Sitecore
    -Proposed and produced original content
    -Assisted editorial staff in their duties and helped increase social media outreach               

Multimedia Coordinator, GW Catholics at the Newman Center
Fall 2012-Fall 2013
-Create promotional videos and slideshows utilizing Adobe Premiere
-Connect students to the Newman Center through publicizing events on YouTube to hundreds of students

Senior Staff Videographer, GW Hatchet Independent Student Newspaper
Fall 2011-Spring 2013
-Record video footage and edit the product utilizing Final Cut Pro
-Interview and check facts for newspaper content
-Receive about 1000 hits per video published

Intern for Nadia Bilbassy-Charter, Middle East Broadcasting
Spring 2013                                                                   

-Proposed ideas and stories
-Checked facts and wrote transcripts
-Conducted interviews on camera

House Staff 1st Year Experience, GWU Center for Student Engagement
August 2012-May 2013

-Mentored about 75 freshmen residents in Thurston Hall
-Created weekly reports and other documents
-Planned programs for freshmen residents in Thurston Hall
-Facilitated roommate agreements and mediated roommate conflicts

Service Experience

Volunteer at Reclaiming Childhood, Amman, Jordan
Spring 2014 
-Assisted basketball coaching underprivileged and unserved 60 refugee girls
-Connected with girls on a one-to-one basis
-Created informative video for promotional use

Volunteer at Mission of Charity for AIDs Patients                                                                                                 Fall 2013
-Assisted Sisters of Charity Cleaning Bedrooms and daily chores
-Led Rosary and attended mass with AIDs Patients

West Virginia Service Trip Participant, GW Catholics
 Spring Break 2012 and Spring Break 2013

-Completed construction houses on Vietnam War veteran’s home
-Worked in a team on small construction projects

Service Leader, GW Freshman Day of Service 2012
Fall 2012

-Lead a group of 1st year students in community service project at a DC public school
-Organized materials and distributed students to various tasks that needed to be completed

Kitchen Volunteer, Milford Senior Center
Holiday Season 2012

-Worked 300+ Hours
-Caroled during the holidays

Volunteer, Devon Division of Rotary International
Summer 2012

-Worked 100+ Hours
-Exchange student host and volunteer at fundraising events


American News Women’s Club Scholarship                                                                                                           Spring 2014
From the American News Women’s Club
Scholarship for women in journalism or communications degree programs
For outstanding work and achievement in the field

Larry King Award                                                                                                                                                           Spring 2014
From the GW School of Media and Public Affairs
Awarded for academic excellence and financial need

Manheim-Sterling Research Grant
Spring 2014
From the GW School of Media and Public Affairs
Research Topic: How does social media plays a role in the conversation about women in Jordan?
Research for study abroad in Amman, Jordan

GW Blog Abroad Scholarship
Spring 2014
From the GW Office of Study Abroad
   Study Abroad Amman, Jordan


 -Computer Proficiency: WordPress, Blogging, Content Management Systems, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Publish, HTML, Adobe, Premiere, and Final Cut Pro

-Social Media: Facebook, Linked-In, Instagram, Twitter, and social media strategy

-Languages: Fluent in Spanish, Proficqient in Media Arabic

-Editorial: Fact checking, editing, writing on tight deadline, blogging, and interviewing