Jacey Jenkins Interns at Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations

April 08, 2010

Jacey Jenkins, a senior media studies at Mount Union College, spent her summer as an intern for Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations, a public relations agency located in Worthington.

Jenkins said, 'When I first read about the Fahlgren Mortine internship in November, I knew it was exactly what I wanted, but it seemed out of my reach. I was just so happy that five months later I had acquired my first choice for a summer internship.'

The process of obtaining the internship had several steps. First, applicants had to submit a cover letter, resume, application on which writing and media research samples had to be completed, two letters of recommendation and at least two writing samples. Jenkins received an e-mail a few weeks later informing her that she was one of 15 finalists. After the applicants' applications were reviewed further, Jenkins was notified that she was one of the finalists. Only three made it to the interview. After this interview, a winner would be selected.

Jenkins said, 'When I went in for my interview, I decided I wanted to walk out of their office knowing I had given it my all. That way, no matter what the outcome, I would know I had tried my best. '

According to Jenkins, the winner of the Founder's Award received not only a paid, full- time summer internship but also a $1,500 scholarship. She explained her reaction when she found out she secured the internship: ''I was shocked and excited. I could not believe I had actually obtained my dream internship.'

Jenkins said, 'What I love about this job is everyday is completely different. I am constantly being challenged with new work and responsibilities. Working at a public relations agency gives you a really well-rounded experience because there are so many different clients requiring a wide variety of services. I have worked on over 25 different accounts (clients), which has given me great exposure to what a public relations agency does and how it works. I have worked on projects for large, highly visible clients as well as smaller, non-profit organizations.'

Some of Jenkins' duties include creating media lists, making clip reports and media audit calls, writing news releases, researching client competitors and writing pitches to reporters. She related her favorite experience. 'My favorite task at Fahlgren Mortine was initiating and creating a media tour at Green Field Farms, a co-op of Amish farmers who produce and grow all organic food'. It was exciting when we had several prominent newspapers and magazines confirm their participation including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio Magazine. It was very rewarding to help this client gain significant media exposure. '

Jenkins offers this advice for those looking to secure an internship. 'My advice is to get as involved as you can in your school or community. While grades are important, it is much more impressive to an employer to see a student who is able to balance school with other activities, even if they are not all media-based. I would also suggest obtaining the most experience you possibly can in the media field outside of class, whether it is becoming a part of the WRMU or Dynamo staff, joining a communication-based club or working in the Office of Public Affairs and Marketing.'

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