U/GAB: Summer Edition 2014

Announcements

  • Welcome New Majors!: We would like to welcome Natalie Pistone, Natalie King, and Megan Schelich as new majors in the communication program!
  • Portfolio Defense Awards: We had a wonderful portfolio defense event to close out the 2013-2014 school year. Congratulations to Ryan Cockerham and Amanda Van de Riet for earning the Portfolio of Distinction Awards! Congratulations as well to Sammie Hellauer and Mike Figus for earning honorable mentions. It was excruciating trying to decide who to give the awards to. It was clear that so many of you worked so hard in preparation for the event. Kudos to each of you for participating!

Student News

  • Congratulations to Lauren Parker for earning the St. Louis Press Club scholarship for the Fall 2014 semester!
  • Congratulations to alumna Allison Gagnon for her new position as an Account Manager at Drive Social Media! Congratulations to alumn Lauralee Gilkey for her new full-time position in Human Resources at Maryville University! We are so proud of our alums!
  • Congratulations for the following students placed in internships around St. Louis for this Summer:
    • Kelly Gould and Zak Hornung - Rawlings
    • Victoria Griffith - Nestle Purina
    • Lauren St. John - Children’s Home and Aid (Summer 2014) and Ronald McDonald House (Fall 2014)
    • Brady Hempen - KTRS 550
    • Dani Shelton - Sports Fusion
    • Lauren Parker - ClearChannel and St. Louis Press Club
    • Stephanie Bauer - United Way of Greater St. Louis
    • Marvin Tischhauser - Bethany College
    • Andy Painter - TedX
    • Andrea Leiras - LAMP
    • Kaitlyn Berry - Dierburgs

Faculty News

  • Professor Carver recently returned from taking a group of Maryville students (including 2 communication students) to Asia and Professor Dohrman leaves Sunday to teach a group of Maryville students (including a few communication students) in Paris, France! Safe travels to all!
  • All of our professors are meeting with incoming transfer students and freshman to welcome them to the program! We look forward to many new faces in the Fall!

Networking Opportunities

  • The St. Louis Social Media Club is hosting a free premiere for the St. Louis Spotlight Series onThursday, July 10th from 5:30-8pm. Details.
  • The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network is hosting an event on June 24th from 5-7pm at the Center for Emerging Technologies. Details.
  • CSPRC (nonprofit PR association) is hosting a luncheon on July 7th with roundtables filled with several small presentations. Great networking opportunity! Details.

Internship Opportunities

  • Check out the Resource Guide for Finding an Internship/Job in Communication for starters.
  • Intern, Children’s Services Coalition: Several Maryville students have held this internship in succession and it is now open and CSC is looking to fill the internship with another intern. This is an nonprofit association organization that works with many other nonprofits to create synergy around programs and services for children in the St. Louis area. Contact Denny O’Brien with your resume to apply.
  • Intern, PortBuddy. Port Buddy, a Lake St. Louis company that designs clothing for patients wearing ports, is looking for interns to help with social media and marketing. Send your resume to Conni Starkto apply.
  • Intern, CharacterPlus: Professor Carver works with this nonprofit organization that works in schools with kids to develop character in St. Louis children. Contact Dr. Carver to apply for this internship.
  • HEROs work study positions on Campus: For those of you interested in health communication, consider sending your resume to Nurse Pam at Maryville. She has several work study positions available for studnets interested in creating marketing materials, like the Toilet Papers, that deliver health information to Maryville students, faculty, and staff. This is a work study position at Maryville and students must be eligible for work study to get the position.
  • Social Media Manager Intern, Cultivation Capital (Paid - Details)
  • Deck Internet Solutions Online Marketing Internship (Details)
  • Intern, Axis Worldwide Supply Chain (Email Maryville alumna Ashley Yarbrough to apply.)
  • Development/Marketing Intern and Grantwriting Intern, Storman Academy (Details)
  • Maryville Career Connections: For many more opportunities, be sure to look at Maryville’s Career Connections website. It is a wonderful resource where a lot of St. Louis companies send their job postings.

Job Opportunities

What People Are Talking About In the Hallways...the halls are quiet these days, but our summer classes have taken tours of the St. Louis Chess Club, heard from guest speakers about community redevelopment, attended a FOCUS St. Louis workshop, and learned about nonverbal communication! It has been a great summer already!

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Long Live the Intern (by Kelly Gould – Internship at St. Louis Blues)

Being an intern with the St. Louis Blues was just as is sounds, a BLAST. Sure there was busy work and a lot of it at times, but the perks of this internship were incredible. I am not a huge hockey fan, but after a year of working for the Blues, I now BLEED BLUE.

Of course some of the tasks were basic intern work, but most of the time I got to learn about the ticketing system here, put together huge excel sheets that were sent out to our biggest clients, and survey Blues fans demographics. Tasks that may not seem fun, but once I was finished with each one I felt a sense of pride and accomplishment because my boss was so grateful.

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                  I had so much fun working with the Blues and their amazing sales staff. I learned good communication skills both in the work environment and outside the work environment which is a skill I have been wanting to conquer for quite some time. While working here I have successfully achieved that goal and plan on making improvements on the way. Below are links to learn more about the Blues organization:

-        Blues Website

-        Blues 14 Fund

-        Social Media Sites

To all students looking for an internship; be happy, be responsible & be grateful. With these qualities you will go a long way. Always have a smile on your face, keep a planner, and always say thank you. I would also practice your communication skills!

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An Inside Look at ROi (by Amanda Van de Riet)

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ROi, Resource Optimization & Innovation, is a leading healthcare supply chain for multiple hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country founded by Mercy. We ensure that hospitals are getting the best equipment, services, and contracts available.

My internship was with the Marketing and Communication department at ROi. Since ROi is a business-to-business company, my work targeted other businesses that we already work with or potential clients. A lot of my focus was the internal communications involving ROi employees.

I was assigned numerous tasks throughout my internship, which included:

  • Researching and creating a comprehensive calendar of events, conferences, and expos for ROi employees to attend in 2014 and 2015 fiscal years
  • Re-writing the bio for one of our top executives
  • Writing a feature story about ROi’s new sustainability plan
  • Researching and creating prospect dossiers about clients
  • Thinking of strategic plan ideas to get employees more involved on ROi’s intranet, INSIDE ROi
  • Creating a social media analysis and integration plan for ROi
  • Integrating ROi Healthification into the INSIDE ROi intranet

Many of my assignments involved a lot of researching, emailing, and working with my team in meetings and projects. It was essential to have great communication skills.

Throughout my time with ROi, I really got a feel for how the business world works. The experience filled me with more confidence in my work than ever before. It really made me feel ready to graduate and start the next chapter in my life. My supervisor, Kathie Woehrmann, and the rest of the Marketing and Communication team were always highly impressed with my work I completed. I always strived to go above and beyond what was required of me in order to show them my full potential.

I really enjoyed my internship with ROi. They made me feel like part of the family, like I belonged there. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, even employees outside of my department! I knew every day that I would be greeted by many smiling faces and sweet hellos. ROi really gave me a sense of community in an office environment.

A piece of advice for students looking for an internship: stay positive and be confident in your work. Even if you are nervous or have doubts, you can overcome it by thinking positively about yourself and all you can do. I know when I first started my internship, I was so nervous! But I knew I had what I takes to do the absolute best job I could at ROi.

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Cody Bryan: St. Charles Chill Internship Experience

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This semester I had the opportunity to intern with the St. Charles Chill. The Chill is a professional hockey team in the Central Hockey League (CHL) and this year was their inaugural season.  I worked along side Jason Troop, Manager of Communications and Broadcasting, for all 32 home games.

Some of my tasks during game days included meeting/greeting the organization that was selling Chuck-A-Pucks during the game. I ran the in-game Twitter account @ChillGameday and would live tweet during the games. I also acted as the Color Commentator for all 32 home games. This internship was everything I hoped it could be and more, it was a fantastic experience and I would recommend applying.

  Bryan

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Lauralee Gilkey: Internship at Childrens’ Services Coalition

In the fall 2013 semester, I had the opportunity to work for Children’s Services Coalition (CSC). CSC is a comprehensive resource that provides a one-stop portal for gatekeepers and families in the St. Louis region that allows them to browse non-profit organizations that can provide needed services. The service areas provided by member organizations include: bullying prevention, suicide prevention, intimate partner violence, housing and shelter, disability services, crisis intervention, and counseling.

Most of my time was spent working from home on the recently launched website – filling in gaps in information for the member organizations, making sure that the appearance of all pages was consistent, and verifying that all links to member sites were functional. I also updated CSC’s brochure and placed it on the website as a downloadable page and added additional tabs and pages to expand the information contained on the site. The goal of all of this was to create a website that was user friendly with everything someone would need to access the services they were looking for. The website can be viewed by going to csc-stl.org.  In addition to working on the website, I attended board meetings. Attending those meetings gave me insight into the workings of non-profits and how separate committees and members can all come together to work toward a common goal.

This internship was a wonderful experience! I learned a lot of valuable, real-life skills that will translate well into any future career. I would encourage anyone – whether considering a career in non-profit or private sector – to put CSC on their list of potential internships.

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