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Communication Internship Spotlight

Aierken Subinuer (Subi)

 

Major/Concentration: Applied Communication

 

Expected Graduation Year: May 2018

 

Hometown: Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China

 

What interested you in communication studies?

I started off as a broadcast journalism student and then I got lost within my major. My advisor recommended communication studies to me, so I gave it a try and I liked it! Communication is a broad field, and that’s why I like it because there are so many things you can do with it.

 

Where were you interning at and what was your job title?

I was the Undergraduate Assistant at the College of Communication and Information Living Learning Community in Olson Hall.

 

What were some of your internship responsibilities?

I held advising hours for students to come in and answered any questions related to their personal and academic life. I took photos and designed flyers for promotional materials for the CCI Commons events and also managed their social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I conducted a photoshoot and assisted with planning and implementing events for CCI Commons. I got a lot of hands-on work by also training students with studio use and terms.

 

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

Even though I am not a photography student, I got to take pictures at so many different events. I found that I’m actually interested in taking photography, so I picked up this new hobby and I hope to learn more about it! Other than that, I just loved the various work I had to do. Sometimes, I was in my office talking to students, and other times I got to get engaged in various CCI workshops. I found myself being with the students and faculty members from CCI to hold events, such as the CCI Gives Big event. I loved the variety work of my internship.

 

How did your communication studies classes prepare you for the internship?

Last year, I took a course called “Social Media Strategies” where I learned how to use Hootsuite. Hootsuite is a social media management tool in which you can monitor your social media channels all at one time. It also helps with connecting with your audiences by searching for the most popular hashtags they use. I have been using Hootsuite to manage CCI’s social media platforms. It is very helpful for me to find our audience and try to engage with them by liking or commenting on their pictures. It also helped us to have more followers on Instagram. Also, I definitely utilized my design skills I learned from my visual design courses. I learned how to place colors, type and detail elements correctly so that it was more visually appealing. My high impact speaking class has helped me to be not afraid of public speaking. I gave a studio training to about 25-30 students at once and it turned out to be very successful.

 

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

I do not have a strict future plan yet since a lot of things are going to be out of my control. I am open to any opportunity. I am looking for job after my graduation since I have a year OPT or I might end up in graduate school too!

 

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

Know what your end goal is. It is helpful to ask yourself why you are studying communication and how it will help you get to where you want to be. If you are lost, it is okay to take things slow, but make sure to talk to the career service center because you can take personality and work interests assessments which can be very helpful for planning your future career. Good luck to you all and feel free to reach out, I am happy to help with any questions. Oh, and if you are an international student, please know that yes, English is not our first language and things can be very hard sometimes, but it should not stop you to do what you are truly passionate about. Make sure to network with others and just be open and optimistic about things and your work! Good luck to you all!

 

 

Alexis Pinto

 

Major/Concentration: Public Communication

 

Expected Graduation Year: May 2018

 

Hometown: Lorain, OH

 

What interested you in communication studies?

 

After changing my major five times, I finally realized that I wanted a career path that allowed flexibility as well as the opportunity for continuous growth and development. I was always interested in the marketing career field but knew that I did not want to follow the business route. After a lot of research and career/personal evaluation tests, I discovered that Communication Studies offered that flexibility and opportunity.

 

Where were you interning at and what was your job title?

 

I was a Marketing and Special Events Intern at Northeast Ohio Adoption Services.

 

What were some of your internship responsibilities?

 

I helped create and prepare digital and print marketing material, posted daily on our social media to promote our mission and purpose to community, solicited donations through phone calls, communicated events to eligible participants, and designed marketing plan to increase name and brand recognition in Cleveland area.

 

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

 

What I enjoyed most about my internship was the purpose surrounding the organization. I was given the opportunity to do what I love while helping to make a difference in the lives of children in the foster care system as well as pending adoption.

 

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

 

Throughout my entire internship, I was continuously commended on my verbal and written communication skills. While I’ve always practiced speaking and writing professionally, I believe having classes dedicated to those specific skills made the greatest impact.

 

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

 

As of right now, my career goals are very broad. I am open to relocating and simply want a marketing position that allows me to travel and introduce me to new and exciting experiences. My communication studies degree will assist with that because all of my skills are transferable. With such a broad degree, I am able to do many different positions.

 

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

 

Keep your mind open. It is okay to be unsure of what you want to do or change the path you are on. We’re young and live in a day of age where our surroundings are continuously changing and growing and developing. Be adaptable and open to change or something different. Take advantage of the resources around you. There is help everywhere, you are never alone.

 

 

Stephanie Sibik

Major/Concentration: Applied Communication

Minor: Advertising

Expected Graduation Year: Fall 2017

Hometown: Delmont, PA

What interested you in communication studies?

I knew I wanted to pursue a creative profession ever since I was a sports editor for my high school yearbook. Applied communication gave me the opportunity to take graphic design and writing courses and putting both of my passions together. Communication studies mixes the best of both worlds and all of the professors and counselors truly care about their students. 

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 work, I write press releases and blogs on the amazing accomplishments of our models. I create graphic design for our social media accounts and I schedule posts on our Facebook page. 

What do you enjoy the most about your internship?

I really love the people that I get to work with at Pro-Model and Talent Management. They truly care about me and value my work. I look at everyone within the agency as a mentor and have learned so much about the fashion industry already. Every day I am working on a new assignment so work never gets boring. Working as a social media intern really proves the quote "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life" to be true and I'm so lucky to be a part of PMTM's team! 

How did your Communication Studies classes prepare you for your internship? 

I am so thankful for my communication studies courses for preparing me for my internship. The graphic design classes prepared me to use Indesign and Photoshop more effectively than before. I also really enjoyed the writing courses that I took. Organizational Communication really helped me with interviewing professionals in the field and I use that skill a lot in my internship and will continue to use it long after my internship is over. 

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

In the future, I see myself working in the fashion industry as either a social media coordinator or a marketing communications coordinator. I hope to relocate back to Pittsburgh and either work at an advertising agency or for a specific fashion company. 

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

I advise all communication majors to get involved and network! Join communication studies clubs, become friends with your teachers and make friends in your major because you never know who you are going to meet. If you're looking for internships, ask friends if their work is hiring, go to career fairs and send out your resume. The more you get your name out there the better the chances you have at landing an internship. Good luck on your journey at Kent State, this major is awesome and I am so thankful for all I had the opportunity to belong to this college! 

 

Matthew Lupica

Major/Concentration: Applied Communication

Graduation Year: August 2017

Hometown: Macedonia, OH

What interested you in communication studies?

Since I was 8 years old, I knew I wanted to do something with communications/broadcasting. I used to create my own sports shows every Saturday, and do play-by-play whenever I played sports video games. I would then write game summaries and recaps after those games. Suffice it to say, my talent is communications and that's what I followed. When I was 15, I worked at a local television station in Macedonia and was doing what I loved, broadcasting on-air. In 2015, I wrote a book that was published by Kent State Press called The Baseball Stadium Insider: A Dissection of All Thirty Ballparks, Legendary Players, and Memorable Moments (it's on all 30 MLB ballparks). Let's just say communications and writing is my thing!

Where did you intern at and what was your job title?

I was the Communications & Marketing intern at Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, located in Macedonia.

What were some of your internship responsibilities?

Some of my responsibilities included, but was not limited to, writing press releases and pitching story ideas, purchasing advertising for the cookie campaign, and doing voice-overs on all major radio stations for the cookie campaign.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

Because of my already vast experience, they gave me a lot of freedom and trusted that I would get everything done they asked of me.

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

My communication studies courses helped in the fact it prepares you for the "real world.” Granted, I already had a pretty good information base already, but you can always learn something new and all the classes I took contributed to helping make me more well-rounded.

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

I would like to work at a radio station down the road, or even at a college in the writing/editing field. Also, doing freelance work on the side on the broadcasting end of things wouldn't hurt either!

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

Be better than you were the day before. The communications field is crammed with people who want to be in television, radio and journalism. What are you going to do that will separate you from the rest of the pack?

 

Breanna Ganuelas

Major/Concentration: Applied Communication

Graduation Year: May 2017

Hometown: North Canton, OH

What interested you in communication studies?

I chose to study communication because I felt as though it could open a ton of doors for me without me having to narrow down to exactly what I want to do after graduation. Great communication is also essential to every part of life. I have a job working as a marketing coordinator and can now see that my experience and studies of communication allow me to take on more roles outside of that.

Where did you intern at and what was your job title?

I was a communications intern at the Downtown Akron Partnership in Spring 2017.

What were some of your internship responsibilities?

Some of my responsibilities included updating the website, sending out bi-weekly event emails, scheduling social media, designing photos and photo collages for their social media (i.e. Facebook header photos), interviewing business owners, writing blog posts and news releases, updating the calendar on their website, and taking photos of Downtown and some events. I also got to help with a few special events, which was fun.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I really enjoyed my supervisors and the people I worked with as well as the overall atmosphere. Everyone was so nice and laid back and I actually still communicate with them and help them with events. I also really enjoyed the work I did.

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

My courses really helped me target and understand the audience appropriately. I wasn't scared or unprepared to do any of the work they asked me to do because I believe I had ample experience writing, interviewing, analyzing, organizing and communicating from my Kent State education.

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

I found a job in a field I was interested in but not one I necessarily studied. My communications degree also opened a lot more doors for the future - I know if I don't end up wanting to stay in marketing, I have plenty more options to explore!

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

Work hard and really take the time to understand what your professors are teaching you. Get involved in as much as you can and take risks when it comes to opportunities you're not really sure about - you never know where that experience can take you!! Lastly, always keep an open mind.

 

Jocelyn Hykes

Major/Concentration: Applied Communication

Minor: Public Relations

Graduation Year: May 2017

Hometown: Austintown, OH

What interested you in communication studies?

When I came to Kent State, I was originally a magazine journalism major because I always wanted to be some sort of editor and Kent is a top school for journalism. I always enjoyed writing and had good high school experience in writing and editing for my school newspaper.

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

I was an Account Manager at IdeaBase in Downtown Kent!

What were some of your internship responsibilities?

I was held accountable for collaborating and communicating with clients, student designers and web editors to make sure everyone was on task and we were getting our work done by set deadlines.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I loved the environment; my boss was always in a positive mood, everyone came in motivated and ready to work and it truly felt like I was meant to be working there because everyone got along so well together.

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

My courses definitely prepared me in the sense of organizational skills and speaking to people outside of my comfort zone. There will always be an instance where you need to contact someone you don’t know or who you are timid around, but you just have to put a smile on, speak up and have a conversation.

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

My communication studies degree gave me the confidence boost I needed to get out into the real world. I have been applying for jobs since December, and although I haven’t found the perfect career, I have been actively going to different job interviews and getting positive feedback, and I could not have gained that skill without my education from Kent State.

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

My advice to current and future Communication Studies students would be to take any job or internship opportunity you can while you’re in school. Leave the state and explore!

 

Alexandra Strok

Major/Concentration: Applied Communication

Minor: Public Relations and Media Literacy

Graduation Year: May 2013

Hometown: Twinsburg, OH

What interested you in communication studies?

I love working with the public and wanted to work in a field where I could have face-to-face interactions with people on a daily basis.

Where did you intern at and what was your job title?

I worked for Summa Health Wellness Center as the marketing intern. We are a medically based fitness center in Hudson, Ohio. We have a full gym, track, weight floor, cardio floor, 202 weekly group exercise classes, 3 pools and specialized fitness assessments tailored to help individuals meet their goals. 

What were some of your internship responsibilities?

I interacted with people as a sales representative by giving tours, making membership contracts, dealing with current member questions/communications. I also helped with running the Facebook page, worked on the monthly member newsletter, created and sent emails via ConstantContact and assisted with special events such as our Annual Indoor Triathlon and Walk This Way spring walking challenge. 

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I loved forming relationships with the different people I met. It was great seeing someone I gave a tour to come in and join the gym, and especially remember me and say I had in impact on their decision to join!

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

I honestly learn better as a hands-on person than an in-class person. A lot of what I learned was from field experience and stuck better than notes I took or class lectures. The class I learned the most in was probably my PR Publication class. I learned a lot on InDesign and PhotoShop, which in turn helped me with the newsletter designs. 

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

I’m hoping to work in the media/publishing industry. I know my communications degree will help lead me down my path to success to make it there!

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

Communication studies is a very broad major so try to narrow down a concentration early so you can take more classes specific to the field you want to work in. Try a lot of different internships too! 

 

Jesse GettemyJesse Gettemy

Major/Concentration: Applied Communication

Graduation Year: May 2017

Hometown: East Palestine, OH

What interested you in communication studies?

I decided to study communications because I love researching and learning about other cultures. Understanding how to strengthen social ties, forming business and personal relationships, and figuring out how to facilitate exchange of information are some of the most important skills to have in daily life in the 21st century. I am such a nerd for this stuff!!

Where did you intern at and what was your job title?

I was the Marketing and Communications intern for the I Made It! Market in Pittsburgh, PA.

What were some of your internship responsibilites?

I researched potential sponsors, vendors and consumers for the marketplace, helped plan special events, hosted community building activities, maintained their blog and social media, created and distributed marketing materials to the public, created visual design elements for print/social media and volunteered at our monthly markets and shows.

What did you enjoy the most about your internship?

I really enjoyed the face-to-face communication and the connections I made with all sorts of different people. In the non-profit industry, you meet so many diverse people, and in-turn you begin to network with them. This is such great practice for the real world when you achieve a full-time position with a company. I now work for McKesson Medical-Surgical and the practice I had with networking and forming relationships, both with vendors and consumers, really paved the way for me to be a successful communications professional.

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

The courses I took while at Kent State really helped prepare me for networking. There are so many ways to network and sometimes it can become overwhelming. We live in an era where social media and online content are the driving force behind some company communication platforms. Kent communications courses help students dabble a little bit in different kinds of media platforms. I believe that the communications program at Kent provided me with a wide variety of experiences, both in the classroom and outside of the classroom, to help prepare me for my internship experience.

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

Currently, I am working as a communications specialist for McKesson Medical-Surgical in Pittsburgh, PA. I do not plan to stay with the company, as I am moving to Washington, D.C. around when 2018 kicks off. I have a strong passion for the Arts, including non-profit, philanthropy and governmental affairs. I believe my communications degree will help showcase the great opportunities and experiences I was privileged to have over the duration of my time at Kent State and how the courses I took helped prepare me for these specific areas of interest.

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

My best advice for new students would be to completely immerse yourself in your passion and the experiences provided to you through the school. Find your niche. What interests you the most? Is it non-profit? For-profit? Entrepreneurship? Agency? Once you find something that you are passionate about, it becomes a lot easier to decide which courses and experiences to take and what areas to focus on in the program. Communications may seem broad on occasion, but there are many great opportunities that a person can hone-in on as a priority and a passion. Find that passion. Experience more than you think you should and do not hold back on being verbal about what you believe in or what you want out of your college experience. You are in control of your professional future.

 

Steven Wells

Major/Concentration: Applied Communication

Minor: Graphic Design and Psychology

Graduation Year: May 2017

Hometown: Kirtland, OH

What interested you in communication studies?

I was a sophomore nursing student at Kent State University when I decided to switch to the communications program. At the time, I knew that I wanted to utilize my creative talent on a day to day basis and start a career in an industry where I can help support local businesses and communities. 

Where did you intern at and what is was your job title?

I was a Tourism/Motor coach intern at Destination Cleveland.

What were some of your internship responsibilities?

I was interacting with our sponsors and partners/clients, help prepare and coordinate mailings, research various tourism opportunities/leads and assist with various tourism projects to help better market North East Ohio.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I really enjoyed building relationships with the leaders of local businesses and discovering how we can work together to help promote their brand. The people I worked with were also all amazing and always willing to help me out any way they can.

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

The communications program has allowed me to develop more confidence in my verbal communication skills, which has become a vital aspect in my career when building relationships with clients and co-workers.

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

I’m currently a full-time account assistant (internship) at SRH Marketing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Based upon my performance in the upcoming months, I could potentially be offered a Jr. Account Executive position. This would be a great step in the right direction for me as I would like to one day become a Sr. Account Executive and possibly begin my own marketing firm down the road. Throughout this pursuit, I will have to utilize every aspect of my communications degree, from understanding organizational communication and culture to business writing, public speaking and media literacy.

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

I don’t think I can express enough the importance of getting a real-world experience through internships. Although your education is valuable, having the experience of day to day operations is imperative and helps you stand out from the crowd. I would also suggest building as many relationships with co-workers and clients as possible during your internships. The people you work with have years of experience in the field and understand what it takes to be successful in your industry. Take them out to lunch or coffee, pick their brain, take notes and have fun. People will notice your ambitiousness and you’d be surprised what doors that can open for you. Oh, and don’t be afraid to take risks. Rarely do people change the world by playing it safe.

 

Meranda Hillier

Major/Concentration: Applied Communication

Expected Graduation Year: May 2018

Hometown: Cortland, OH

What interested you in communication studies?

I have had a very hard time finding the right major. After six times of changing my major, I finally found the perfect fit for me. A friend of mine told me about communication studies, I did some research on career options and the included areas of study in the major, and I knew this was the right choice for me. The main reason I chose to study communication is because of the variety of career options that become available for someone with a communication degree.

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

I have been interning at Sprinkles and Winks, also known as Luscious Verde Cards, as a business advancement/marketing intern. Luscious Verde is a stationary card company that makes high-end invitations, holiday cards and more. Sprinkles and Winks is a branch off company they started to expand their business in a new direction. They create handmade, acrylic charms and cake toppers.

What are some of your internship responsibilities?

Some of my responsibilities include monitoring our social media sites activity and insights on Instagram and Facebook, designing and creating content to post to our social media sites, networking with potential customers and influencers, styling and taking photos of our product and editing those photos using Photoshop, conducting a lot of research on relevant topics to help gain more followers and customers and more.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I really enjoy getting to design and create content. I control mostly all our social media activity, which is a lot of responsibility but it gives me the opportunity to get creative and gain more experience in graphic design and sending effective media messages to diverse audiences.

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

Communication studies has taught me all I know about graphic design and producing content that people of all backgrounds can appreciate and like. Communication studies has also taught me how to properly send eye-catching messages to diverse audiences, which is very important at my internship.

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

My future career goals are to hopefully land a job that is related to digital content managing and marketing. I know starting out as a manager is far-fetched, but I hope to start on a company’s digital content team and work my way up. My communication studies degree will help tremendously as it has trained me on how to be an effective communicator across all platforms and it has given me so many skills that are necessary to be successful in this area of work.

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

My advice for other students who are just beginning their journey in communication studies is to not stress on finding a specific career right away, and to really take in all the information you learn in your courses. You will soon find that majority of communication course material can be applied in some way to your life right away and it will help to shape you into a better person and of course a better communicator. Also, I say don’t stress on finding a specific career because the opportunities are endless! Communication studies opens the door to so many career opportunities, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. Best of luck to everyone in your studies and future careers!