Chenaya Devine Milbourne '14 Receives Prestigious AAF Internship Award

IMC major Chenaya Devine Milbourne, class of 2014, has been selected as Ithaca College’s recipient of the Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Internship Award for her dedication to academics and the American Advertising Federation. Chenaya is currently the vice president of Ithaca College’s chapter of AAF.

Established by the Los Angeles Times and AAF in 1988, this prestigious program provides students a 10-week summer internship, and this year was awarded to the top 15 students involved in AAF in the U.S. Chenaya was nominated by AAF’s faculty adviser, Scott Hamula, who is also the chair of the Department of Strategic Communication. Selection for the award is based on advertising industry aptitude, GPA, adviser’s recommendation, leadership skills, multiple essays and an ad analysis.

Scott Hamula said, “As one of her teacher’s and the AAF advisor, I am so proud of Chenaya’s accomplishments, and excited for her to have this wonderful opportunity; her hard work is paying off.”

The Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Internship coordination team has placed Chenaya in the marketing department of Urban Decay in Newport Beach, California. Urban Decay is an eccentric make-up company that revolutionized beauty products in the late 90s, moving the industry away from just beiges and pinks to a broader range of colors and variety. Today, Urban Decay is owned by L’Oreal and continues to push the boundaries of beauty.

Chenaya has been an active AAF member since her freshman year at Ithaca College. As a freshman, she took on the role of project manager for a client project with Upscale Remodeling. Currently, she is vice president, and has been elected to continue in this position through the fall of 2013. Chenaya has assisted the president in arranging a speaker series of advertising industry professionals that takes place every fall. In the spring, AAF continues to hold weekly meetings that focus on activities and workshops, as well as local client projects.

In addition, Chenaya is the communications chair of Femfessionals, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the Honors Oracle Society, and will soon be inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the national communications honors society. Chenaya has a passion for advertising, and upon graduation hopes to move to New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, to work as an account manager or account planner.

To find out more about The Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Internship award, log onto For more information on Ithaca College’s chapter of AAF, log onto /rhp/orgs/aaf/.

Past Stickell winners from Ithaca College include the following students: 2012, Marissa Osowsky, McGarrah Jessee; 2011, Dylan Hulser, MediaVest; 2010, Christianne Enos, IBM; 2008, Ashley Patane, Walmart; 2007, Jordan Trigilio, The Richards Group; 2005, Holly Brzozowski, The Wall Street Journal; 2004, Mariya Kutmanova, DDB; 2003, Molly McElroy, The New York Times; 1994, Julie Gordon, CBS; 1993: Jennifer Rivera, CBS.


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