Summertime Far from Laid Back for Communication Studies Majors

10 Jul

Practicum & internship assignments provide experience in academic setting

School of Communications Studies majors Josi Heinz and Allison Kurz, are bringing a new meaning to the theme of “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” Heinz is fulfilling a practicum and Kurz is completing an internship in the School of Communication Studies during the summer semester.

Projects assigned include updating and posting to the school’s social media sites, writing news articles, compiling a reference of business and agencies offering internship and practicum programs, writing articles, designing and compiling images and copy for the school’s bulletin boards and representing the school at recruitment events for prospective students, according to Margaret Garmon, instructor and marketing coordinator.

“As communication studies majors, we’re putting their experience as students to good use. Kurz and Heinz will be among the school’s representatives welcoming both prospective and new students visiting the campus this summer.  Both are enthusiastic about our program and will provide a peer-to-peer perspective for high school students and new  students at Kent State University,” Garmon said.

Josi Heinz is a senior at Kent State University’s Stark Campus majoring in applied communication.  Heinz is excited to be fulfilling her practicum on the main campus of Kent State, working in marketing and public relations for the School of Communication Studies.  She arrived at Kent State in January of 2013, after receiving an Associate’s Degree in Technical Communication from Stark State University in the fall of 2013.  She chose Kent State for its two-plus-two- degree program with Stark State and has truly found a home here now.

The communication studies program immerses Heinz in reading, writing, and interacting with people; all things in which she excels.  The diversity of this degree creates a flexibility to explore many varied projects.  So far, Heinz has used her skills as a marketing and public relations intern for Junior Achievement and as the editor of Stark Voices, the student newspaper at Stark State University.

In addition, Heinz is involved in several charitable organizations.  In 2011 she created her own nonprofit organization, Connect the Troops. She and her board were able to raise $8,000 for deployed soldiers that year.  Heinz has completed grant writing and research for the PAIGE Foundation (an organization that helps teen mothers), created an ad plan for Social Interactions (a group that encourages the growth of interpersonal communication skills through innovate projects), and is currently doing voice over work for Social Interaction’s marketing videos.

Following her graduation in December of 2013, Heinz is looking forward to a career in higher education.  She is particularly interested in the concept of corporate branding in a higher education setting and hopes to practice public relations and marketing for a university in Northeastern Ohio.

Allison Kurz is a senior organizational communications major with a double minor in public relations and public communication. Growing up in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, she wanted to find a school that was the perfect distance away from home. Kent, with its beautiful campus, made her decision easy.

Kurz chose the School of Communication Studies after a Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) intern inspired her during her freshman year. Her goals throughout her internship with the School of Communication Studies are to help improve an already incredible school with the knowledge she has obtained over the past few years, as well as enhance her organizational skills. Kurz also hopes to learn more about the school and the faculty during her time here.

This past school year, Kurz became a member of the Kent Communication Society (KCS) and plans to stay a member during this upcoming school year. She believes that her prior experience within the school will help her achieve many goals throughout during the internship experience. Kurz also believes that her work experience as a dietary server at a nursing home and receptionist at a hair salon will help highlight her interpersonal skills.

After college, Kurz hopes to stay local and work either in higher education in an admissions department or as a representative of a college or university.

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