If you are registered to attend this year’s College of Communication and Information (CCI) Career Expo on Thursday, Feb. 15 in the Kent Student Center Ballroom, you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from some of the industries most respected communication-related organizations and departments. 

Senior public relations major Daniel Henderson recently accepted a prestigious internship with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, D.C.

Henderson will be interning in the External Affairs Department and working specifically with the Foreign Policy Program.

“CFR’s mission is to inform, not to influence, and they are non-partisan,” said Henderson.

Kent State University students learn online skills, including storytelling and resume creation, through the School of Digital Science’s My Story on the Web course.


Gaining relevant experience in students’ fields of study before graduation makes them more marketable to employers and gives them a leg up on the competition. While most students complete one or two internships in college, others go above and beyond.

Senior visual communication design (VCD) major Will Scharlott has completed three prestigious internships in his time at Kent State.

Kent State University students in the College of Arts and Sciences will get the opportunity to travel to Japan to do collaborative research in a world-class institute, specializing in primate biology, thanks to a recently signed memorandum of understanding with the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University. By studying primates as a model for humans, the researchers hope to address a variety of topics, including evolutionary genetic analysis, Alzheimer’s disease and aggressive behavior.      

Senior applied communication major, Jessica Buck, landed an internship with Pro-Model and Talent Management as their social media coordinator. In this position, Buck is responsible for managing the company’s Facebook, Google+ and Yelp pages along with their blog. Some topics she covers in the blog include, successful Pro-Model and Talent stars, audition tips, instructor profiles and fashion and beauty tips.

Samantha Weisner, a junior organizational and marketing major, used the real-world experience from her internship at Rebecca Adele PR & Events to solidify the path she wanted to take her professional career.

“When I started college, I wasn’t totally sure what I wanted to do career-wise,” Weisner said.

Senior Martha Arbogast of the School of Visual Communication Design spent her summer as an intern at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

“Kent State’s VCD program is wonderful at teaching the details,” Arbogast said. “This gave me an edge and honestly helped me to even impress my superiors. I was not overwhelmed by the amount of work coming my way either because the VCD program at Kent State is like that itself, which constantly teaches you how to manage your time and work efficiently.”

Earlier this year, the state of Ohio designated the second Tuesday of April as “Ohio Internship and Co-op Appreciation Day.” The purpose of the day, which falls on April 14 this year, is to raise awareness of the value of internship and co-op opportunities in this state and promote the establishment of internship and co-op programs at businesses and nonprofit agencies in Ohio.