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  • Amber 11:33 pm on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , finance, public relations,   

    My Last Day 

    Today was my last day at my internship and I can look back and say I have accomplished a lot.  By helping to draft press releases, media alerts, web briefs, social media posts, blog posts backgrounders and fact sheets I have definitely improved my writing skills.  I learned how to use valuable public relations tools like Cision to help build media lists.  I learned about a variety of clients in diverse industries including aviation, finance, data management, eye tracking and more.  I learned how advertising and marketing go hand in hand with public relations to create successful campaigns for clients.

    What I enjoyed most was having the opportunity to help draft press releases and blog posts.  Both of these activities allowed me to be more creative.  Before writing, I had to research the topic extensively so that I understood it and organize my thoughts in a logical way to present it to the client and the public.  While this was sometimes a challenge, I definitely enjoyed it.  My least favorite aspect of my internship was probably helping to call reporters and stuff media kits.  Even though calls are needed, some reporters are very rude and aren’t interested in the topic at all.  Additionally, stuffing media kits can take hours and definitely becomes very tedious.

    Consequently, today I ended my internship by helping to call reporters about one of client’s holiday media kits.  As a treat, my supervisor brought me noodles and co. for my last day lunch! The mac and cheese was excellent.  At the end of the day I gave a presentation about my internship to my two supervisors, Stephan and Kristina and some of the other employees.  I made sure to point out how thankful I was to have been given this opportunity and to have learned so much.  I also pointed out some suggestions to the program and noted that Pot Luck Thursday was my favorite day since I got to enjoy delicious food and get to know the employees a bit better.  At the end of my presentation, Kristina, the VP of Public Relations, gave me a gift card for my hard work which was very nice.  It’s great to be appreciated.

     

     
  • ashleywolos 4:51 am on July 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blackberry, , , multi-tasking, public relations   

    Constantly Connected to your Crackberry… 

    My name is Ashley and I’m a Blackberry addict.
    The first step to recovery is admitting the a problem yet I have no ambition to put down my phone for any length of time. This statement comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me or for that matter anyone who enjoys their PR career.

    In today’s world breaking news is dispersed instantaneously those who of us who work in the communication world, we’re basically required to be connected to their audience so no one gets left behind the news cycle because let’s face it, you snooze you loose.
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  • ashleywolos 3:11 am on June 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Animal Planet, , , PRSSA, public relations   

    Meet me … Animal Planet’s new intern 

    Hey everyone,

    I’m Ashley Wolos. I can’t believe this is my last summer before I’m officially in the real world. Until then I’m a senior majoring in Public Communication and minoring in Marketing. I am originally from Massachusetts, but I consider DC my new home. I even took the big leap of moving off-campus into my own apartment. Just a half a mile from AU’s campus though. I’m looking forward to not visiting campus very much this summer though.

    Instead I’ll be filling my days as an intern for Animal Planet at Discovery Communications. You probably watch some of Discovery’s plethora of shows on TLC or the Discovery,  Military Channel, Discovery Health Channels. I’ll be working on the PR for Animal Planet’s popular shows like River Monsters, It’s Me of the Dog, Whale Wars, Pit Bulls and Parolees, Animal Cops, Pet Star and many others that will get your tail-wagging. (sorry I had to) My first day is next Monday!

    This past semester I was on campus so much between classes, events and meetings I wondered why I ever left. (No not just during Snowpocalypse – see pic)  But I love every minute of it!  I am President of AU’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter (PRSSA). I help prospective students and incoming freshman discover all SOC & AU has to offer as a member of the School of Communication ambassadors. Any other clubs and organization when their events and meetings fit in.

    If any PComm (aka Public Communication) or any other majors we don’t discriminate want more info on PRSSA feel free to ask. I highly recommend joining to any future strategic communication strategists. It’s a great opportunity to network with PR professionals in any related comm field in your local area and nationally. Also I serve as Communications Director for the PRSSA 2010 National Conference. The PRSSA chapters of AU, Howard University & the University of Maryland are co-hosting this five day conference packed with crucial lessons for young professionals and life long memories through sessions, speakers, and socials all in the heart of our nation’s capital.

    Internships are a vital part of your education. AU and SOC have so many amazing connections through the Career Center. I interned with  Congressman Neal of Massachusetts last summer on Capitol Hill. For the past year I interned at August, Lang & Husak in Bethesda, MD.

    Stay tuned for my adventures at Animal Planet!

     
    • Lara 3:53 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You are going to LOVE Discovery! Cannot wait to read all of your cool internship experiences. Hope you’ve had a nice break since finals : )

  • Ellie Brown 2:35 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , public relations,   

    My super fantastic internship 

    Hi everyone!  My name is Ellie and I am here to share with you the trials and tribulations of my internship this semester with Abraham Harrison LLC.  I am a grad student getting my master’s in Public Communication and hope to someday be a a snarky public relations executive at a big company where I can boss interns around all day…just like Chris Abraham, president of Abraham Harrison.

    Actually, that couldn’t be further from the truth.  My internship so far has been anything but getting bossed around.  Abraham Harrison is a public relations company that engages in social media management, online grassroots & new media marketing, business intelligence, search engine services and online reputation clean-up.  Really, really cool stuff.

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    • Miguel A Corona 7:29 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent Ellie. Your internship is really on the forefront of what I’m seeing out there as well. It seems like it will be a great experience for you on a lot of fronts. I’ll be keeping taps on your progress! ; )

    • FB 7:44 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So you’re a virtual intern in a virtual office! How do you get your assignments? How do you get guidance and mentoring from your supervisor? What are the advantages and disadvantages of working from the comfort of your home or the uncomfort of the library?

      • Ellie Brown 12:49 am on February 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hey! Pretty much all our communication and work is done using Google applications: document sharing, email, chat etc. I also use Skype to chat with my supervisors and go over assignments. The main advantage of working virtually is that you can work whenever you have time and you aren’t really tied to your desk during the typical 9-5. A definite disadvantage for me is the face-to-face learning and interaction with peers. I actually wrote a post on my blog Daily Social (http://elliebrown.wordpress.com/2009/12/) about my transition from cubicle worker to pajama worker.

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