How I Got an Internship from Career Expo

By Alex Taylor, ’17


Last year at the CCI Career Expo, I had no idea what to expect, but I decided to take full advantage of the opportunity. I am a Broadcast Journalism major, so I made an effort to try and sit down with every broadcast organization that I knew was going to be there.

I made sure ahead of time to print professional resumes and business cards so that I could talk over them with potential employers and my goal was to find an internship for the summer of 2016.

I left Career Expo feeling good about my meetings with potential employers and within days I had two internship opportunities.

I decided to go with the one that was paid because they were in the same location and why not? I started just a month later at WFMJ in Youngstown, Ohio and was so excited to work in a professional environment.

I had a lot of cool opportunities while at WFMJ. One was attending and covering the Cleveland Cavaliers championship parade in downtown Cleveland.


Since then I have actually started my second internship that I also found during that same career fair. Internships are so helpful and help you gain so much experience that you cant get just from school. I am so thankful for the CCI Career fair… it’s thanks to that I feel like I’m ahead in my field.

Career Expo is Wednesday, March 1. Students, register here by February 24. 

Adjusting To A New Culture


This semester, two CCI students will be sharing their experiences studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Follow them on their journey as they deal with culture shock, language barriers, and a total lifestyle change.

By Samantha Meisenburg, ’18

Ciao tutti (Hi everyone),

Florence has treated me well these past couple of weeks. I’ve already made lifelong friends in a short period and I’ve seen places that most people dream of seeing. Florence is filled with unique postcard views, friendly and accommodating people and a rich history that began centuries before America was discovered.

Over the past couple of weeks I and everyone else has had their fair share of culture shock. I thought going into Florence that I wasn’t going to be homesick and the culture shock wasn’t going to affect me. I was wrong.

I was in the honeymoon phase for a while because everything and everyone was so new and different that it intrigued my interest. Once that wore off I went into the depression phase where I genuinely felt guilty that I was experiencing this amazing opportunity without my family and closest friends. Everywhere I went, I couldn’t help but wish my family were by my side, witnessing this country for the first time with me. After a nice long talk with my family and texts exchanged with friends, I felt better.

Then I gradually went into the frustration stage. Classes were starting so my free time became limited and it finally hit me that I’m in Italy and English isn’t their native language. Assuming the locals speak English is rude and having limited knowledge of Italian was causing frustration and anxiety because I couldn’t communicate with people when I wanted something. Also, getting over the shock that Italy doesn’t have the same products (food, cleaning, etc.) as the U.S. and their way of life is different than the one I was used to back home was hard. But each day got a little easier which lead me into the last stage.


The last stage of culture shock is Acceptance. I finally realized that I accepted Florence as my home when I was in Venice this past weekend for a field trip through CCI. Venice was absolutely beautiful and I had a blast, but it is nice to be back in Florence, my home.

Venice was a bucket list moment for me. I’ve seen countless of photos and postcards of the canals as streets, the serenading men on gondola rides and the craftsmanship and beauty of the Venetian glass and masks, but to see these with my own eyes was astonishing. The preplanned tours to churches, schools and museums were also highlights of the weekend because of its beauty and uniqueness that’s different from Florence. It’s safe to say that Venice has not seen the last of me.

My first European hotel looked exactly like a U.S. hotel except for breakfast. We were expecting eggs, bacon, waffles, etc. but we got croissants, marble cake, bread rolls and chocolate cake. Needless to say, everyone satisfied their sweet tooth by 10 a.m. and I ate a little too much chocolate cake for breakfast. Sorry mom and dad!

How to Network, Explained by Gifs

Be prepared.

Have your resumes printed with no errors and a portfolio ready to share. Oh, and make sure you look the part.

Have a firm handshake.

You don’t want to be the person who shakes with their fingertips. Practice a firm and confident handshake.

It’s never too soon.

Building a strong network takes time. It isn’t only about going to networking events and career fairs. Connections are made in in class, at the mall or even on your night out.

Have your pitch ready.

If you were riding in an elevator with Beyonce, what would you say to impress her? Know your key points and what is most important to you.

Be a good listener.

Making professional connections is not only about talking about your strengths and goals. Everyone loves talking about themselves, and professionals are no exception.

Always follow up.

When you make a connection with someone, follow up with them. Send a quick personalized email or LinkedIn message. And if you really want to make a good impression, send a handwritten thank you note.

You can put all these networking tips to use while attending the 2017 CareerExpo on March 1. For more information or to register for the event, visit

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by Elline Concepcion

A Photographer Abroad

This semester, two CCI students will be sharing their experiences studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Follow them on their journey as they deal with culture shock, language barriers, and a total lifestyle change.

By Rachel Rankin, ’17

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Flying half way across the world to live away from everyone I know has been physically and emotionally challenging. I miss my family and fiancé, but I wouldn’t change making this decision for anything. I have experienced the most amazing events in the few short weeks I have lived here. From photographing male models in Florence for Pitti Uomo, finding my way into a VIP Reebok Men’s Fashion Exhibition and conversing with the locals, I would say this has been a rewarding experience so far. Florence provides a large variety for photographers because there are so many interesting subjects and places.

As for adjusting to a new culture, things can be rather difficult at times. The language barrier, in my opinion, is the hardest adjustment. There are so many people who speak multiple languages and it can be confusing starting a conversation. I am learning Italian (slowly!), but it is getting slightly easier as the days pass.

I find myself feeling the most anxious when I am ordering food at a café or restaurant. Sometimes I do not go somewhere to eat because I am so confused on how to order. I wish I had had the chance to learn simple phrases before coming here to live. I have completely felt embarrassed in many situations, but this is all a learning experience. Although the culture and people are different and can be difficult, I find myself loving the aesthetic of this city more everyday. Everything (compared to my hometown) is unique and not to mention incredibly beautiful.

My first week abroad involved photographing male models in Florence for the Pitti Uomo. Pitti Uomo attracts men from around the world for fashion shows and exhibitions. There were hundreds of men dressed incredibly fashionable, which was hard to resist as a photographer.

I ended up doing street photography with a few models, which ultimately ended in Instagram publicity and entering a VIP Reebok Men’s Fashion Exhibition. The experience was unforgettable and definitely set the tone high for the remaining of the semester. Portrait photography is my absolute favorite and I am hoping to make more connections while abroad.

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Now that I am fully submerged in Italian culture and finding my way around the city of Florence, I am finally starting to attend weekend trips in other cities. My first trip involved being really touristy at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pisa was very similar to Florence, but much more quiet and still. Pisa had me at ease because it was a slow-paced city with not much to do. In addition, I went to Prato with my photography class. Prato is a small town twenty minutes outside of Florence.

This town was cute and dainty with little to see. I feel as if these are the best cities to find as a photographer because the locals are always nice and open for conversations. I have taken multiple portraits of people who live in Florence and surrounding cities. The portraiture opportunities in Italy have been abundant and amazing. I am often finding great faces and personalities to photograph.


Photographed in  Pisa, Italy


Photographed in Florence, Italy

Photography has always been a passion of mine, but photography while traveling has changed my attitude and outlook on my future. I am more motivated now than ever to create photographs that stand out against the rest. This experience has already changed me and I feel as if I am becoming a better version of myself. Traveling is an entire education within itself.



Golf, Media and a Doctorate Degree: Q&A with a Ph.D. Student


Meet Zach Humphries, a 26-year-old mass communication in media doctoral student. In our Q&A, he talks about what it’s like to balance research and a graduate assistantship and still have a little free time to do what he loves.

Q: What is your educational background?
A: I went to Youngstown State University for my undergrad in communication and media studies and my master’s in interdisciplinary communication.

Q: Why did you decide to pursue a doctoral degree?
A: I have a couple of different passions. One is sports broadcasting and another is teaching. In order to teach at a college level, you need a Ph.D., so teaching brought me here first, and now I am beginning to value research as well.

Q: What is it like balancing a graduate assistantship with coursework (and having a few minutes to breathe)?
A: At first, it was hard to balance, because when you begin the program, you worry about your classes a lot. It gets better. The first year is difficult, but I was a graduate assistant for my master’s, and that helped.

Q: Are you involved in anything else on campus?
A: I’m the president of the Communication Graduate Student Association (CGSA). We try to bring everyone together. We’re very diverse, and we try to bring all types of people together.

Q: What are you researching this semester?
A: I’m traveling to London over spring break to look at sports communication media, which has been a theme for this semester. We’re looking at how fans interact with athletes. I also have been looking at a lot of political media; one of my projects currently is researching how cable news networks are framing illegal immigration.

Q: When you find free time, what sorts of things do you like to do?
A: I love to golf; I’m a huge golfer. Anything outdoors, I enjoy. I also really like watching sports. I’m a huge Cleveland Cavaliers fan.

Q: Do you have a dream job?
A: I would love to teach back at Youngstown State University. I want to give back to people who helped pave the way for me. I’m passionate about Youngstown, and unfortunately, it gets a bad reputation.

by Charleah Trombitas

My Career Expo Experience


By Elline Concepcion ’17

Two years ago I attended Career Expo.

When I walked in, everything was already up and running. There were lines of eager students at every table waiting to talk to independent consultants, agencies and corporate offices.

I’ll admit it, I was nervous. I had been to events similar, but never something to this scale. I was worried about getting the first one out of the way, so I looked for the shortest line. I took a deep breath and walked towards the table. I remember my hands being sweaty. I tightly gripped by purse and folder full of resumes.

The representatives from Time Warner immediately read my deer-in-headlights expression and helped me ignore the jitters. They briefed me on their company and the opportunities available. Unfortunately, what they needed was not a fit for me. They understood and thanked me for my time. I thanked them for helping me shake out my nerves.

After that first meet and greet, the rest were much easier. I eased into conversations with professionals and felt confident in my first impressions. With a few less resumes in hand, I left the CareerExpo feeling proud.

The connections I made did result in some interviews, but unfortunately I didn’t get the offer I wanted. Funny enough, a fellow advertising friend accepted the position.

I am excited to attend the 2017 Career Expo and connect with more professionals as graduation is just around the corner. For the new people attending, I hope you have as great of an experience as I did. For the veteran friends of the career fair, I’ll see you in the ring! 

Students, register for Career Expo 2017 by February 24. Learn more here: