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Communication Internship Spotlight

image of margaret millerMargaret Miller

Major/Concentration: Health Communication

Minors: Marketing and Interpersonal Communication

Expected Graduation Year: December 2016

What interested you in communication studies?

I struggled deciding on a major for a long time, and I went back and forth with exactly what I wanted to do and what I was good at doing. Communication studies encompassed all of the past majors that I had tried and I liked that there were so many opportunities made available to me as a student. There is so much room for personalizing the curriculum to your specific interests. I really love that each person who completes a degree in Comm Studies has endless job opportunities because of how well-rounded the degree makes them.

Where are you interning at?

I interned at Judson Services, a retirement community in Cleveland. Judson is looking for communications interns for the fall semester so contact me if interested at mmill171@kent.edu!

What are some of your internship responsibilities?

My responsibilities included: writing and editing blog posts, feature stories and testimonials as well as researching and conducting interviews with residents, organizing and managing an electronic photography library, taking photos at special events and assisting with photo shoots. Another responsibility I had was collaborating on a large marketing project team. I was responsible for completing a comprehensive competitive analysis of other retirement communities that compete with Judson.  

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I really enjoyed working in University Circle and researching Cleveland news and activities for the blog posts that I wrote. Working with professionals in the retirement industry was very rewarding and eye opening to the point that toward the end of the internship I could see myself having a rewarding career in the retirement field. I really discovered my passion for the type of work that I was doing, and where I was doing it.

How did your communication studies courses prepare you for your internship?

Above anything else, my courses gave me great communication skills to bring to the table, as well as providing me with a very analytic way to approach projects. I worked a lot this summer in a collaborative environment and the group projects in school really helped me to blossom into a valuable team member.  

What are your future career goals and how will your communication studies degree help?

At the conclusion of my internship, Judson created a position for me, as the new Marketing Coordinator, and I will be starting this fall part-time while I finish school, and then full-time after I graduate in December. My responsibilities will include: managing certain facets of the website, developing strategies for social media accounts, assisting with competitive analysis, as well as creating monthly marketing reports for the organization. Because I am a health communication major I have extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry as well as how different age groups receive and process information in a healthcare setting.

Any advice for other communication studies students who are just starting in the major?

Talk to your classmates! I have made some life-long friends in this major and I know others would say the same. Don’t be afraid to switch concentrations, one may appeal more to you than you realize starting off. Keep communication channels open with your professors, they are going to be your greatest asset when it comes to having references when you begin applying for internships and jobs.

 

Erin Smithimage of erin smith

Major/Concentration: Communication Studies - Organizational Communication

Minor(s): Marketing

Expected Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Hometown: Northfield, Ohio

What interested you in communication studies?

Communication studies interested me because it is such a broad major, so I knew that I could do anything I wanted with it. When I came to Kent State, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, so it was a perfect fit for me.

Where are you interning at and what is your job title?

I am interning on campus for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as the digital content manager.

What are some of your internship responsibilities?

My responsibilities include managing all of the social media accounts, creating new content to post and creating a posting schedule. I also work closely with the public relations intern, so we tag team some projects.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I am getting real world experience because I am creating all of the assignments that need to be done. I also have two assistants, so I get to create work for them as well. Getting to make my own schedule is a perk, too!

How did your communication studies courses prepare you for your internship?

My communication studies courses prepared me by teaching me how to present myself professionally, and also how to communicate eloquently in different situations. 

What are your future career goals and how will your communication studies degree help?

I hope to become a social media marketing manager. My communication studies degree will help by teaching me how to communicate in certain situations, may it be in a crisis situation on social media, responding to customers or even communicating in a business setting. If you can't communicate well then you can't succeed. 

Any advice for other communication studies students who are just starting in the major?

Try classes from each concentration. They will all be helpful and it is important not to limit yourself to just one set of skills. 

 

image of lauren ferberLauren Ferber

Major/Concentration: Communication Studies - Interpersonal Communication

Minor(s): Organizational Communication

Expected Graduation Year: December 2016

Hometown: Rocky River, Ohio

What interested you in communication studies?

I was interested in communication studies because it is such a broad degree. I wanted to learn as much as I could to prepare myself for my future. Many students join communication studies because they don’t know which career path they want to follow. For me, I’ve always known what career paths I’ve wanted to follow but because I have multiple career dreams, I couldn’t just focus on one specific concentration. With a communication studies degree you learn such a wide variety of information.

Where are you interning at and what is your job title?

I am interning at Hinkley Lighting in Avon Lake, Ohio as the marketing intern.

What are some of your internship responsibilities?

One of my internship responsibilities is to keep our MyHinkley website updated. This requires me to post short articles on our employee newsfeed about recent accomplishments, reminders, events, etc. Another responsibility that I am working on right now is to research “up and coming” interior designers from all over the globe. We interview these interior designers on the latest trends and then we feature their responses in our catalogs. It’s a great way for interior designers to express themselves and it is also great way for our viewers to be able to get insight from the interior designers.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoy the people that I work with the most. The whole Hinkley Lighting staff has been so welcoming since day one but the marketing team has really made it feel like home. I enjoy being able to work with such intelligent and enjoyable women.

How did your communication studies courses prepare you for your internship?

My communication studies courses have prepared me tremendously for my internship. I am so thankful that I took Business and Professional Communication before beginning my internship at Hinkley Lighting. I learned everything from properly formatting a business letter all the way to creating a path for my desired career goals.

What are your future career goals and how will your communication studies degree help?

I have many career goals and that is why a communication studies degree was the perfect degree for me. One of my career goals would be to open my own home décor store as well as being a freelance interior decorator. Through my communication studies degree, I was able to not only learn how to properly communicate with clients but I also learned about business professionalism.

Any advice for other communication studies students who are just starting in the major?

If you have multiple career desires or if you’re not quite sure which career you want to focus on then communication studies is the perfect place for you. Our communication studies program is one of a kind and it will definitely help you narrow down your career goals and teach you how to accomplish them.

 

Kaylee McLaughlinimage of kaylee mclaughlin

Major/Concentration: Communication Studies - Public Communication 

Minor(s): Health Communication & Public Health

Expected Graduation Year: August 2016

Hometown: Massillon, Ohio 

What interested you in communication studies?

In terms of communication, I really wanted to become a well-rounded person because it is so important in the workplace. I also liked how I was able to incorporate learning about social media, especially because it is a huge form of communication today.

Where are you interning at and what is your job title?

I'm interning at Pro Model and Talent Management as a social media intern.

What are some of your internship responsibilities?

I'm responsible for assisting with all of our social media accounts, writing blogs and press releases.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I love the people I work with and the environment I work in! I also love how I'm able to see how this side of the entertainment industry works. I honestly love everything about my internship! 

How did your communication studies courses prepare you for your internship?     

A course called Social Media Strategies really helped me because I do a lot of social media work and it's helping me learn how to track who views social networking sites and traffic. All of my communication studies courses taught me how to talk to people effectively, which is so important for any internship.

What are your future career goals and how will your communication studies degree help?  

I hope to work in the entertainment industry. Being able to communicate with people is going to be one of the most important factors in the industry and I know communication studies will prepare me.

Any advice for other communication studies students who are just starting in the major?    

Explore all of your options! The field of communication is very big! Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and experience a little bit of everything because you never know, you might just find your passion doing so!

 

image of charles brownCharles Brown

Major/Concentration: Communication Studies - Public Communication

Minor(s): Marketing

Expected Graduation Year: 2017

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

What interested you in communication studies?

I am fascinated in how communication affects our society. This major has taught me how to communicate with different races, ethnicities, ages and interests. I now understand that every job in my future revolves around some sort of communication. 

Where are you interning at?

I am interning at State Farm Insurance as a marketing representative.

What are some of your internship responsibilities?

I contact non-customers, future customers and present customers and make them aware of the opportunities they can take advantage of with State Farm Insurance. 

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoy my co-workers. They make everything much easier and they are very easy to get along with. 

How did your communication studies courses prepare you for your internship?

With this company, you interact with all different types of people and my courses definitely prepared me for that. My courses taught me how to communicate with every type of person possible.

What are your future career goals and how will your communication studies degree help?

My future career goal is to eventually be a marketing manager for commercialized products. I want to control how they advertise products, who they advertise to and also make sure that the advertisements are following the correct trends that would be beneficial in the market. 

Any advice for other communication studies students who are just starting in the major?

Really pay attention in your courses; the professors teach us a lot of vital information that can be used in the business world. The sky is the limit, but shoot for the stars!

 

Casey Kulow image of casey kulow

Major/Concentration: Communication Studies - Interpersonal Communication

Minor(s): None 

Expected Graduation Year: May 2017

Hometown: Medina, Ohio 

What interested you in communication studies? 

What got me interested in communication studies is the fact that I could do so much with this major.  When I transferred, I found the School of Communication Studies at Kent State and fell in love with the communication studies major.  Lorie Hopp helped me so much when I transferred.  She was the first person that taught me all about communication studies and showed me all the cool things I can do with this major. Now I am excited that I get to work with people and have an opportunity to help them as well. 

Where are you interning at and what is your job title? 

I am currently working as a communication and marketing intern at the Northeast Public Energy Council (NOPEC).

What are some of your internship responsibilities?

I am learning so much at NOPEC! I'm working with multiple programs such as Wordpress, Hootsuite, Buffer and Act-on and I'm also helping to create a social media calendar for this year and part of next year. I write some blog posts and also help NOPEC plan certain events. I have been thinking of new and exciting ideas to help the non-profit organization grow.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

What I love most about this internship is the experience that NOPEC gives you as an intern. I wasn't expecting to do all the things I am doing now and I love that I'm working on something different every day.

How did your communication studies courses prepare you for your internship?

Communication studies helped me land this amazing internship. Having great eye contact and picking up on verbal and non-verbal cues gave me an extra boost in my interview.  My courses have helped me succeed in my assignments as well as with communicating with my coworkers.

What are your future career goals and how will your communication studies degree help?

After I graduate, I would love to move to Columbus, Ohio and be a part of a marketing team.  My interpersonal communication degree will help showcase that I know how to manage within a group and know how to communicate in a professional environment. 

Any advice for other communication studies students who are just starting in the major?

A major with so many different types of concentrations can be a bit intimidating. My advice is to have fun with this major and talk to as many people as you can about it. It really helped talking to professors and classmates about this major and my opportunities. I have applied so much that I have learned from my classes into my day to day life. Communication studies has really helped me succeed in both my professional and personal lives.   

 

image of josey wheelerJosey Wheeler

Major/Concentration: Communication Studies - Applied Communication

Minor(s): Sport Administration & Event Planning

Expected Graduation Year: 2018

Hometown: Diamond, OH

What interested you in communication studies?

The broadness of communication. I loved how I didn't have to make up my mind on what I wanted to do right away.  

Where are you interning at and what is your job title?

I am interning at Pro-Model and Talent Management as a social media intern.

What are some of your internship responsibilities?

At my internship, I am responsible for writing blogs on topics like previous and current models and talent and beauty tips. I work to keep our Pinterest site up to date. Lately, I have also been reviewing all of our social platforms and making everything more organized.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I love that my internship is in a different industry than the one I want to go into. It gives me a new perspective and allows me to take what I learn from the fashion industry and turn it into something I can use in the sports industry. 

How did your communication studies courses prepare you for your internship?

My courses really helped me become more comfortable with interacting in a professional setting. Just learning different communication styles has made everything easier when communicating in the office. 

What are your future career goals and how will your communication studies degree help?

I hope to work in sports media for a professional sports team. The applied concentration allows me to learn about more areas of communication and media, which will make me more marketable. The applied concentration will help me achieve my goals because I learn a little bit of everything.

Any advice for other communication studies students who are just starting in the major?

If you're just starting in the major, don't rush to make any decisions about concentrations or minors. Feel everything out and then decide. Don't be afraid to take risks and try different things than what you are comfortable with. That's how you learn and grow!

 

Sophie Renimage of sophie ren

Major/Concentration: Communication Studies

Expected Graduation Year:  August 2016

Hometown: China

What interested you in communication studies?  
I like learning and seeing how communication can change people's attitudes and behaviors. Communication studies also helps me develop my career path of social media marketing.

Where did you intern at?
KSU Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS)

What were some of your internship responsibilities?
I manage the KSUGreen Dot Facebook page and Twitter and design Green Dot social media campaign.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?
I enjoyed communicating with other staff in the office and figuring out more creative ways to promote Green Dot on social media.

How did your communication studies courses prepare you for your internship?
The theory and strategies I learned in communication studies courses help me to manage social media more effectively. For example, based on the media effects class and persuasion class, I knew how to create more credible and persuasive social media messages to promote Green Dot.
 
What are your future career goals and how will your communication studies degree help?
I want to work in media management or a communication marketing area; my communication studies degree can provide me with solid theoretical basis and professional knowledge to solve those major related problems. Additionally, I learned to think about information more critically and look at the world with an open mind, which helps me to adapt to different work environments.   

Advice for other communication studies students who are just starting in the major?
Talk with your advisor and professors when you have questions; they are very nice and can give you very useful advice!

 

image of demi wangDemi Wang

Major/Concentration: Communication Studies – Global communication

Expected Graduation Year: May 2017

Hometown: Harbin, China

What interested you in communication studies?
I enjoy communicating with people from different backgrounds, and it fascinates me to see all the differences and similarities. Global communication studies gives me an opportunity to learn about how to manage various cultures and different ideas.

Where did you intern at?
Global Initiatives Office at Kent State Stark Campus.

What were some of your internship responsibilities?
I assisted in event planning and provided support for small group presentations and administration. I was responsible for communication between campuses when it was required and I was also in charge of social media management. I helped organize the first Global Gateway Day event in Stark Campus; my tasks included connecting the Kent campus and Stark campus, finding international students to perform and promoting and advertising the event. I also helped with receiving and communicating with the first international students exchange group.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?
I love the chance to serve and help international students, getting to know many warm hearted and ambitious people and making connections with the resources at the Kent campus to help with the event planning in Stark.

How did your communication studies courses prepare you for your internship?
I learned how to prioritize my work and effectively communicate with my supervisor, my colleague and the international students. Also, the strong research skills I learned in communication courses made it easier for me to do planning research for work.

What are your future career goals and how will your communication studies degree help?
I’d like to work for international organizations as a marketer, event planner or coordinator. Having a degree in communication studies can give me more opportunities in NGO and other organizations that have a global touch.

Advice for other communication studies students who are just starting in the major?
There’s a Chinese saying that I’d like to share you with, "It is better to travel ten thousand miles than to read ten thousand books." Enjoy every minute in the class, and take all the chances to experience the theory in real life. Also, never miss a chance to go outside your comfort zone.  

 

Jackie Zhao image of jackie zhao

Major/Concentration: Communication Studies – Global communication

Expected Graduation Year: December 2016

Hometown: Shanxi, China

What interested you in communication studies?
During two years of the study, I have learned a bunch of theories, including persuasion, media, personal communication, organizational communication and so on. What interested me most is applying these theories into my real life and workplace. For example, the most impressive class I had was organizational communication taught by Dr. D’Enbeau in Fall 2015. Beyond just researching organizational communication theories, students were assigned to a real business case study. The case study motivated me to think deeply utilizing what I learned from the class, and try to find a solution for the dilemma in the case study. That learning model inspired me to dig over the problems I had seen or encountered previously in my life, and rethink those issues from a new standpoint. I believe such kind of learning experience could help me in the long run regardless of whichever career path I choose.

Where did you intern at?
 Scitrain, Ltd.

What were some of your internship responsibilities?
•    Apply understanding of financial concepts to managing a business more effectively and efficiently
•    Support with the creation or enhancement of existing tools to track and manage different aspects of the finance and accounting (tracking KPIs and metrics related to cost, revenues, COGs and profit)
•    Support with the integration of processes to achieve greater efficiency – specifically, new project forecast, with accounts receivables and cash flow management
•    Develop charts and graphs using computer spreadsheets for reporting purposes
•    Create/design new information material for Scitrain products and services
•    Plan and implement specific marketing activities – including conference presentations, local events etc.
•    Support public relations activities related to follow up with media

What did you enjoy most about your internship?
Scitrain has a unique organization culture. I enjoyed working with the Scitrain team in such a warm family culture at a really fast working pace. I also enjoyed wearing multiple hats during the work, and challenging myself on every project that I could help on.

How did your communication studies courses prepare you for your internship?
Scitrain is small company specialized in personal selection, talent and leadership development and management. They focus on applying scientific process to premium personnel and leadership training and solutions. Communication studies helped me to better understand the scientific process designed for personnel and leadership selection, training and development, as well as understanding the organization – like its culture, teamwork, communication and so on.

What are your future career goals and how will your communication studies degree help?
Since I am from a business background, I would like to continue my career path in the business area, especially toward the finance and marketing field. My study about communication and research methods will definitely help me on my future career transition to marketing development and strategic marketing.

Advice for other communication studies students who are just starting in the major?
Don’t waste the available resources from the school: your academic advisor, international student advisor (for international students), faculty, staff, college peers and so on. They know much more than you think they know, and would be more than willing to help you out.

For those who are focusing on career instead of research as I do, it is possible that we may feel lost especially when people continue asking “what can you do with a communication degree?” Well, we can do anything we want with a communication studies degree, since it is central to our life, relationships and to organizations! Don’t doubt yourself! If you do, stop for a moment and think about why you are here and how communication makes you and your life different and special.

image of allisonAllison Wood

Major/Concentration: Communication Studies - Health Communication

Minor(s): Public Relations & Healthcare Systems Management

Expected Graduation Year: May 2017

Hometown: Hinckley, OH

What interested you in communication studies?

I came to Kent as a freshman with an idea of what I wanted to do. After one semester, I realized I didn't want to hold myself to doing just one thing in a career, so I switched my major to communication studies. I love communication studies because even though I have one concentration, there are so many different career paths I can choose. I love having the freedom to choose and all of the opportunities Kent State offers communication studies majors. 

Where are you interning at and what is your job title?

I am a public & media relations intern at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

What are some of your internship responsibilities?

I do a lot of odd jobs within the media department but my main responsibilities include media monitoring, tweeting from both the main UH twitter account and Rainbow Babies & Children's hospital account and attending events at the hospital to post on social media. 

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I love that every day I learn something new. Whether I am just sitting in on a meeting or at a volunteer event, I am always learning something about my future career.

How did your communication studies courses prepare you for your internship?

The courses I have taken, especially the health communication courses, have given me the knowledge I needed to really put my best foot forward at my internship. It's cool to be able to actually use what I learned in my classes every day at my internship. 

What are your future career goals and how will your communication studies degree help?

My goal is to work as a public relations director for a large hospital system. My degree gives me an advantage over other applicants because I have a health communication concentration that has given me knowledge of communication in the healthcare setting. I not only have the skills it takes to work in public relations, but public relations specifically in healthcare. 

Any advice for other communication studies students who are just starting in the major?

Take full advantage of every opportunity Kent State offers. Lectures, study abroad, workshops -- whatever it is, do it. And don't be afraid to go alone. You'll thank yourself later.