Costa selected for Lockheed Martin’s Communication Leadership Development Program

Ananda Costa, a December 2016 graduate with a degree in public relations and a New Media certificate, is one of the top students selected for Lockheed Martin’s two-year rotational Communication Leadership Development Program. Throughout her time in Grady College, Ananda gained valuable experience in her leadership roles, including the co-director of AdPR Connection and director of outreach for TEDxUGA.

“We are proud to see Ananda, and many Grady PR graduates before her, selected for this exclusive program,” said Tom Reichert, head of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. “Only the best students in the nation have this opportunity.”

Lockheed Martin’s Communication Leadership Development Program is an intensive two-year rotational program that introduces participants to corporate communications. The CLDP gives young professionals experience in four facets of communication: media relations, marketing, employee communications and community relations. Participants spend one year focused on employee communications and community relations, followed by a move to a different business area in another part of the country to focus on marketing and media relations.

“I am so honored to have been selected for Lockheed Martin’s Communications Leadership Development Program,” said Costa. “Grady has a proud history of having several students participate in this prestigious initiative. In fact, I couldn’t have gone through the rigorous interview process without the encouragement of exceptional Grady professors, alumni and PRSSA. Having a strong support system of people who helped proof my application materials and provide me with program insights gave me an edge throughout the application process. I am so grateful to Grady and can’t wait to begin my Lockheed journey working with the Space team in Denver soon.”

Costa is one of more than 10 UGA students selected to participate in the highly-competitive program in the past 17 years.