What better way to gain real-world experience in the field of public relations than interning through the University Communications and Marketing Department? As a Flash Communications intern, you can quickly enhance your writing, interviewing and time management skills.
At Flash Communications, we primarily write public relations stories or briefs about anything positive, exciting or new happening at any one of the Kent campuses. Flash communications is under the University Communications and Marketing department and is headed by Professor Luke Armour. Every week you’re working on new stories, upcoming events or accomplishments in the Kent Community.
Different roles you may hold are social media management, assisting in event staffing or an assistant coordinator. Working at Flash Communications also allows you to work with professionals like Eric Mansfield and Emily Vincent, giving you a chance to see them in action with their real-world duties. The office environment continues to be exciting and refreshing, allowing you to write stories on different topics in short period of time.
Since we all have a different class schedule, you’re able to work with different interns throughout the week. Every day here is different – one day you may be working on contacting sources or interviewing for a story, writing social media posts or in the office compiling stories for the weekly faculty and staff e-newsletter, E-Inside.
Carly Evans, a junior public relations major, joined Flash Communications this past spring after hearing about the position from a Kent State staff member.
“It’s really cool getting to meet different people all across campus,” Evans says. “You get to know so many faces and personalities around campus.”
Holly Disch, junior public relations major, is in her second semester at Flash Communications and says one of the highlights working here was a jazz story she did last semester on a professor, Bobby Selvaggio, who is an amazing sax artist.
“I got to interview him while also interviewing famous jazz artists because I needed to incorporate more than one source into the story,” Disch says.
Gael Reyes, one of our assistant coordinators here at Flash Communications, says her position has allowed her to gain great experience and build her portfolio.
“It’s an environment that allows me to grow as a student and as a professional,” Reyes says.
Disch says her one of her favorite parts of working here is getting the chance to collaborate with other amazing PR students.
Reyes advises students who are interested in working at Flash Communications to do your research before going into the interview.
“Have a good idea of what we do here at Flash,” Reyes said. “Also, have a solid understanding of PR basics.”
Interested in applying? Send your resume and a list of completed and scheduled JMC classes to Professor Luke Armour at Larmour1@kent.edu by April 21,, 2017.