If you’ve seen the post below this, you might know a little bit about me already, but if you have NO idea who I am, or even if you have some idea who I am, I’m Abby. This summer I am the intern for the School of Communication Studies. I am an applied communication major with a minor in photo illustration. For me, that combination is absolutely perfect. “Why is that a perfect combination, Abby?” you might ask. Well, let me tell you.
As an applied concentration, I am able to take classes not only in the School of Communication Studies (COMM), but also in Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) and Visual Communication Design (VCD). If you don’t already know those abbreviations, I’d recommend that you remember them because I’ll be using them frequently in my blog posts! Taking classes in all three schools has helped me to widen my skill-set to include writing in Associated Press (AP/news style) format (JMC), basic photograph skills (VCD), public speaking (COMM), a basic understanding of advertising (JMC) and a basic understanding of how communication works within organizations (COMM).
In the future, I’d love to combine my major and minor and work in the marketing and advertising field doing communication and some design work, which makes this internship (and major) perfect for me.
Not only do I get to see the behind-the-scenes of the School of Communication Studies, I get to help design bulletin boards, materials for Homecoming and also improve my communication skills within an office environment.
When you think of the stereotypical “intern” you might think of someone who gets coffee for the office, makes copies and just follows orders, but that’s not the case in The School of Communication Studies. In the three weeks that I’ve been here, I have created two new bulletin boards, designed a flyer, gotten trained to edit the school’s website, gone to a Marketing Council Meeting and researched several past and present faculty and staff members in anticipation of articles that I will be writing. It might not sound like a lot, but I’ve found that I am able to contribute a significant amount of important material to the school. The things I am working on will be seen by lots of students, parents, and faculty and staff members here at the University.
One of the projects I am most excited to start working on is materials for Homecoming! I love the spirit of Homecoming: it’s a time where current students and alumni come together to show their school pride. For more information about the history of Homecoming, click here!
I am looking forward to helping the School of Communication Studies put their best foot forward for this event in the fall. I’ll keep you updated on what I’m working on for Homecoming in future blog posts.
I’m excited to continue to contribute to what the School of Communication Studies does within Kent State University and learn more about how the School operates on a day-to-day basis.
Keep an eye out for future posts to find out more about what projects I’m working on and what intern life is like on a weekly basis in the School of Communication Studies.
Thanks for reading!