Imani Pope-Johns, a public relations senior in the School of Communications, traveled to Singapore to participate in the Digital Life Academy, an internship sponsored by

The Digital Academy is a global think tank of 30 people ages 16-25 interested in online privacy, data and content ownership, content monetization and similar topics. The 30 were chosen from 15,000 worldwide applications. Selection was based on entrepreneurial drive, business acumen and a dedication to the concept of digital life freedom.

The participants received an all-expense-paid trip, plus housing and a stipend of $2,400. This six-week internship is scheduled from July 4 to Aug. 12. To win the internship, Pope-Johns wrote an article about online privacy versus mobile shopping convenience.

“I am grateful of this experience, not only because it is in my field of study, but because I have never been out of the country,” Pope –Johns said. “I cherish moments like this.”

Pope-Johns is chief moderator of the Digital Life Academy blog. Interns will be contributing to the site at