The End is Near…

7 Aug

Dylan Bolino (School of Communication Studies PR and marketing practicum intern)

As my practicum experience winds down and my August 16th graduation date approaches, I am beginning to feel as though a weight has been lifted from my shoulders.  I now have valuable experience working within the public relations and marketing realm and a number of published writing samples to pad my portfolio. I am more comfortable in a professional environment and feel like I am much more adequately prepared to begin a career than I was only a few months ago. I can now communicate more confidently, work efficiently and fulfill the expectations of my superiors. At first, I was nervous about meeting deadlines and rushed through a few tasks with subpar results. Now, I understand I must emphasize quality over quantity and work at a steady, yet productive pace. Overall, this has been an enlightening internship, and the skills I have acquired should translate nicely when I begin my professional career.

Are you experienced?

28 Jul

By Dylan Bolino (School of Communication Studies PR and Marketing practicum intern)

I’ve now crossed the halfway point of my practicum which has proven to be a valuable learning experience. Since my primary interest is journalism and writing, this has been the focus of my internship. I was instructed to interview a professor and alumnus from the School of Communication Studies and construct an article to feature in our newsletter and on our website. While initially apprehensive, I knew I would need valuable interview skills and dove in head first. As a communication graduate, my subject was understanding and supportive and provided a great first professional interview experience. This experience translated quickly, allowing me to comfortably interview my next subject, a new professor at the School, Michael Beam. Once completed, these articles will be published, providing me with quality examples of my work to be featured in my portfolio.

Finding my comfort zone

9 Jul

By Dylan Bolino (School of Communication Studies PR and marketing practicum intern)

I’m currently in the fourth week of my practicum, and I feel it’s safe to say I’ve officially settled in. Although it’s summer and the campus is rather empty, I’ve been occupied with a number of tasks that have kept me busy. During this time, I have realized the subjective nature of my work and the freedom of expression my position allows. While adhering to AP style guidelines, I have been allowed plenty of room to produce materials while operating from my own unique aesthetic perspective.

While working on a flyer for the annual Coperthwaite Visiting Scholar, my supervisor assured me that there is no “right” way to complete the assignment as long as the final product is comprehensive and professional. This leeway provided a relief of pressure to create an exact replica of previous works and allowed me to explore my own ideas about how the flyer should look. This realization and some positive reinforcement and comments on my work have boosted my confidence and reduced my overall level of anxiety allowing me to work efficiently at a comfortable rate.

Settling In…

20 Jun

By Dylan Bolino (School of Communication Studies PR and marketing practicum intern)

I am currently in the second week of my PR and marketing practicum in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University and have some observations on the experience that incoming interns may find helpful.

After some initial trepidation, I dove in head first and began work on my required tasks. The faculty and staff were excellent in guiding me, and in no time, I settled into my new role. They were helpful and understanding and eased me into the experience, and I felt welcomed and respected.

From the start, I was anxious about my relative inexperience and the potential to make mistakes, but soon realized my work will routinely be analyzed and adjusted by my supervisors before any final decisions are made. I was also relieved once I became accustomed to the speed at which I am expected to work, which is much more casual than I expected.

With each passing day, I become more comfortable in my position, as many of the fears I originally had subside. I look forward to continuing onward with this learning experience as I prepare for graduation this August and will update this blog occasionally throughout the summer.

My practical practicum is a very enjoyable experience…

16 Apr

My practical practicum is a very enjoyable experience…

By Mary Rogers
School of Communication Studies Marketing and PR Practicum Student

It’s April 9, 2014 and my internship is winding down. Thus far, I’ve had the opportunity to market the School of Communication Studies, its staff, faculty and students. Everyone is involved and interconnected. For every Daily Kent Stater (DKS) I read, there is at least one person from communication studies being mentioned. I think this is pretty impressive considering the fact that the DKS is only 6 pages long and covers a campus of 30,000 students.

Moving along, today is a very important day for the School of Communication Studies. Many of its students will either be inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society or will be receiving a scholarship award during the induction ceremony. I’ve had the pleasure of sitting down with many of these individuals and getting to know them on an interpersonal level. As a result, many students stop by my office to share a story or simply say hello. Moreover, I enjoy writing stories about this school and its students and in turn I gain experience in my major, communication studies. I am treated as an equal amongst the staff and respected by the students who are also my peers. Furthermore, after being unsure of myself for so long, I received a great evaluation from my supervisor. All in all, my practicum within the School of Communication Studies has been a very enjoyable experience.

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KCS at Relay for Life.

12 Apr

KCS meetings are every Wednesday from 5:00pm – 5:30pm.

Relay for Life Update:

  •       Relay for Life was on Saturday and Sunday on April 5 and 6.
  •       KCS would like to thank to those, who walked with them during Relay for Life.
  •       KCS won an award for being one of the organizations that raised the most during and before Relay for Life.
  •       A Big Thank you to those, who donated things to help raise money, and to those who brought raffle tickets during the event.
  •       Congratulations to those of you that won prizes from our table.
  •       KCS did an amazing job on this tent and the decorations. KCS Royally Flushed out Cancer.

Students at KCS Photo Booth

If you want to read some of the comments and see pictures from the event, please go to #KCSRELAY at Twitter.com.

KCS Update for March 10, 2014

11 Mar

Kent Communication Society meetings are on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. We serve pizza and pop to KCS members.

Please don’t forget to buy a Flush Out Cancer with KCS T-Shirt. Payments are due by the end of this week.

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Here’s an update on the events for this month.

  1. Communication Convention is on March 13, 2014, from 5p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the Student Center in room 317. Come and network with some of our leading Communication Studies alumni. 

       Speakers coming to the Communication Convention

  • Emilie Clarke – Coordinator of Student Success Programs at Kent State University
  • Bailey Adkins – Human Resources at Bath Manor Special Care Cleveland Marketing
  • Chris Kasperczyk – Recruitment Specialist for Alliance Industrial Solutions

2. Relay for Life is on April 4-5, 2014.

3. Workshop Days to help with decorating for our events are on February 12 and March 19, in the computer lab of Taylor Hall.

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