An internship is required of all advertising, digital media production, journalism and public relations students. Explore some of our students' recent internship experiences.
Miracle Walker learned through her internship with Canton City Schools/Canton YWCA that "storytelling is what I was put on this earth to do." She created a promotional video for the YWCA and said: "Following a career in digital media production allowed me to give voice to the voiceless and bring awareness. We’re living in a digital age, and any way I can create awareness of a cause, that’s where my heart is."
Public Relations major Kimmy Daniels felt prepared for her internship with the agency Hello LLC, thanks to her coursework. So far, she’s gotten to try a couple of different things: content generation and scheduling for social media, writing guest pitches to podcasters, building media lists and helping to organize media events. She says: "I've gotten to dive into work with really cool clients and always feel supported by my superiors.”
Zaria Johnson is working directly with community residents in Cleveland’s BIPOC neighborhoods to report on environmental issues. This work is part of The Land and NewsLab at Kent State’s “Ask The Land: Environmental Reporting Initiative." She says: "My favorite part has been meeting and talking to so many interesting and inspirational people in Cleveland."
As an intern with Heritage Valley Health System, Lindsey Vlasic has been working to keep the public informed about the Pennsylvania hospital’s physicians. Her public relations classes have prepared her well for this work; she says: “Working in my current professional environment is not much different than the work I have done in my classes."
Through his internship with Arborwear, the Ohio-based outdoor clothing store, Zachary Zdanowicz has learned that “working in a professional environment is not always as intimidating as you may think.” He has been working on a variety of projects to help prepare and promote Arborwear for its new building/retail store opening in Fall 2021.
As an intern with Ohio News Connection, the stories Kennedi Combs works on reach outlets across the state and beyond. “The biggest lesson I’ve learned about reporting news in the professional world is that detail matters,” she says. “Even if every detail doesn’t go into the story, the better the reporter understands what they are writing about, the better the story will be.”
Through her internship at KeyBank, Camryn Stephens has been learning the importance of collaboration and communicating in a professional environment. Beyond that, she's also learned the many things she can do as a public relations professional. “I really enjoy working for a large company with many different areas for growth,” she says.
Emma Andrus’s internship with Cleveland Documenters is part of an effort to train and pay hundreds of people to attend under-reported public meetings and publish the results. She has been editing notes from local government meetings and says, “I especially love that I’ve been able to learn so much more about public policy and local government."
Through an internship with GIE Media, Madisyn Woodring has learned how the interviewing and writing skills she learned can be useful for jobs of all kinds. “Feature Writing ... was the most valuable journalism class for preparing me for my internship. The work I did for this class prepared me to write lengthy profiles with lots of details. ... I have built up my journalistic skills such as writing and interviewing, which I use almost every day.”
Kent State classes in digital public relations and analytics prepared Brady Warmbein well for his internship with Sherwin-Williams. Brady has been working with the company’s Do-It-Yourself digital content specialists, auditing websites; using the tools Google Analytics, Data Studio and Search Console to verify data; and managing submissions to the company’s Homeowners Association microsite.
Journalism major David Burgett took steps toward his dream of being a meteorologist as a live programming intern at the Weather Channel. David discovered his passion for meteorology after taking a meteorology class. “In that class I learned the basic fundamentals of how weather forms, different weather patterns and so much more! I started to incorporate the knowledge ... into my forecasts for TV2, and from there the passion has only grown!”
During summer 2018, public relations major Karly Van Boxel worked on event logistics, internal communications, marketing and more for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. She says: “We’ve met with people from NFL Studios, multiple professional teams, and ESPN. There are so many networking opportunities at the Hall and opportunities to learn about working in the sports and entertainment industry.”
Brandon Bounds was chosen among the top student journalists in the country, to participate in News21, a multi-university, in-depth journalism collaborative. In 2018, the cohort investigated hate in America. He says: “Since day one, the School and student media has taught all the necessary skills and the importance of great storytelling and I can apply to what I'm doing this summer.”
Journalism major Marissa Nichol reported, wrote and copyedited for the Cleveland Jewish News during summer 2018. She says: “Taking my reporting class and other classes prepared me for this position by teaching me the foundations of journalism writing, multimedia and ethics making me feel comfortable producing diverse content and interviewing sources.”
As a reporting intern at WKSU, journalism major Ella Abbot worked on stories about public health, transportation and environmental issues during summer 2019. She says: “My time with WKSU has helped me to step out of my comfort zone and gain a real appreciation for broadcast news. I’ve been able to work alongside reporters and editors on stories, as well as create my own stories for the air.”
Advertising major Mia Massetti experienced the fast, ever-changing pace of the advertising industry as a digital content intern at WESCO during summer 2019. She says: "I will be creating a whole digital campaign and presenting it in front of the company at the end of the summer. What I love most about having an internship is being able to bring what I have learned at Kent to a real business. It gives you an opportunity to finally show what you are capable of … Businesses are always looking for new ideas, and you never know, you might have an idea that they never thought about!”