Photo of student Priyanka Deo. Priyanka began interning with the Innocence Project in the summer of her freshman year and continued being active with the Project in some capacity until completing her degree in Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology in May 2010.
She worked on the McMillan case, interviewing witnesses over the phone and in the field, attending court proceedings, assisting with investigations, and examining trial transcripts and physical evidence at the Springfield courthouse. She has appeared in articles regarding the Project in the State Journal Register, on the Prairie Lawyer TV Show, as well as the front page of the Chicago Tribune while working for the Project. Simultaneously, Priyanka chaired the United Nations Conference in New York City and was honored out of 364 competing universities from around the world. She participated and won a national debate tournament and placed first in speaker awards in 2007. Priyanka also captained her NCAA Division II varsity tennis team, playing competitively for all four years at UIS.
Upon graduating, Priyanka worked in for one year with CA Technologies in corporate communications and held a popular FM radio show in Dallas, Texas. She then worked for Business India Magazine as a feature correspondent for two years in Mumbai, India. She is currently pursuing a double masters degree; a Master of Science in Media & Communications from the London School of Economics and a Master of Arts in Journalism at the USC Annenberg School of Communication. She hopes to enter broadcast media and corporate communications upon graduating in 2015.
She highly encourages other students to get involved with the Innocence Project because it is a very emotional and rewarding experience, despite the hard work and long hours.