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Former Flash Comm Friday: Sarah Lack

This week on Former Flash Friday, we got to catch up with former Flash Comm intern, Sarah Lack.Sarah-Lack

Lack graduated from Kent State in 2012 with a degree in public relations and is now a marketing assistant at Notre Dame College and the communications coordinator for a local non-profit called Girls on the Run of Greater Summit.

The experience Lack gained at Flash Comm provided her with more than portfolio work, the experience also inspired her to work in higher education after graduation.

“The reason I ended up working in higher education is partly due to my time at Flash,” says Lack. “I loved writing and telling the stories of students, faculty and alumni, and I get to do the same thing at my current job.”

Lack initially joined the Flash Comm team in an effort to add to her portfolio before submitting her resume to internships. It turns out, Lack joined the team for the experience and stayed for the culture.

“I worked at Flash to gain some experience before applying for a summer internship. I stayed on for another semester because I loved my boss, shout out to Stef Moore, and wanted the opportunity to grow my professional portfolio and help manage other interns as Stef’s assistant.”

Lack encourages Flash Comm students to take advantage of their time in a great learning environment.

“Flash Comm is a supportive environment where you can really begin to hone your skills in a professional setting,” says Lack. “Take the time to get to know the UCM staff and learn from them. They are a great resource.”

*UPDATE: Since we spoke to her, Sarah Lack has begun working at Ohio University as a communications specialist

Flash Communications is a hands-on experience for students learning about the professional public relations industry. When these students graduate, they have the knowledge and skills that can carry them through a successful career. We’d like to recognize and applaud the success of our former Flash students every Friday with Former FlashComm Fridays.


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Former Flash Friday: Kelli Fitzpatrick

Today for FormerFlash Friday, we will be highlighting the achievements of one of Flash Communication’s brightest former employees, Kelli Fitzpatrick.

Kelli FitzpatrickKelli graduated spring 2014 with a degree in magazine journalism, and is now the internal communications intern at Disney Hollywood Studios! [update: Kelli moved to an internship position in Creative Entertainment Communications in January]

Fitzpatrick says that Flash Comm helped her gain more experience outside of the magazine world, which helped her when she applied for Disney.

“It was beneficial to have internal communications experience on my resume when I applied for Disney, as my experience before Flash was mostly newspaper and magazine-based,” she says.

She says that Flash Comm gave her a lot of great portfolio pieces, which she says were essential in showing employers what she was capable of.

“Flash was one of my favorite internships, it was such a fun atmosphere,” she says. “But I took it seriously and went after stories I was interested in.”

Fitzpatrick encourages current and future Flash Comm employees to enjoy their time there and take advantage of the networking opportunities by reaching out to sources even after a story is published to make a connection.

Flash Communications is a hands-on experience for students learning about the professional public relations industry. When these students graduate, they have the knowledge and skills that can carry them through a successful career. We’d like to recognize and applaud the success of our former Flash students every Friday with Former FlashComm Fridays.


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Former Flash Friday: Marissa Mendel

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Marissa Mendel, Marketing Communications Specialist, thunder::tech

Today is the day we have been waiting for at Flash Communications: Former Flash-Comm Friday! Each week we will be highlighting the achievements of our former Flash employees every Friday.

Our very first Former Flash is Marissa Mendel, who is now the marketing communications specialist at thunder::tech, an integrated marketing agency in Cleveland was a public relations major who worked at Flash Communications in the second semester of senior year.

Mendel says that Flash Comm helped her in her professional life, by providing her with writing samples to show off while job hunting after her graduation in 2010. She advises current or future Flash Communications employees to take advantage of the hands-on experiences provided on campus during their education.

“Seize any opportunities at Flash Comm, or anywhere, to learn a new skill or participate in a project that is different from what you normally do,” says Mendel.  “Not only will these experiences help you grow your resume, but just the willingness to adapt and learn will go very far during your career.”

Aside from professional experience, Mendel was able to foster relationships with her peers that carried her beyond Flash Communications.

“I worked with and got to know my now fiancé, Tyler Norris, at Flash,” says Mendel. “We’re getting married this June!”

*Flash Communications cannot guarantee you’ll find your future fiancé but, we can give you the opportunity to fall in love with your job. Flash Communications is a hands-on experience for students learning about the professional public relations industry. When these students graduate, they have the knowledge and skills that can carry them through a successful career. We’d like to recognize and applaud the success of our former Flash students every Friday with Former FlashComm Fridays.