Why did you decide to become a member of the Illinois State University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America?
It was for the same reason I decided to study public relations. It sounded like a good idea at the time, and it was something I could put on my resume. However, now that I have been a member of ISU PRSSA for three semesters, I’ve had the chance to delve into the organization and everything it offers, which is a lot.
What does your job as development manager entail?
I oversee all the socials and fundraisers. I have both a social and fundraiser chair who make sure everything runs smoothly. I set deadlines and keep an eye on how everything is going with each social and event. After the event is over, I analyze each fundraiser to see how we can better improve for next time. The fundraisers we put together help pay for Chapter events such as guest speakers at Chapter meetings and socials throughout the year.
Tell us about your internship this past summer.
I interned this past summer at WTMJ-4, which is the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee. I assisted in the production of a TV talk show called the “Morning Blend” where I wrote the scripts that were used. It was cool to be on set and hear the television hosts say things that I wrote! I also uploaded new videos online of segments of the show and updated the online descriptions for videos we posted. It reassured me that I want to do something in entertainment because it was very high energy and fast-paced, which are factors I look for in my future career.
Where would you like to work after college?
I am open to anything at this point. Joe Bennaroch, Facebook corporate communications, just spoke in one of my classes. I thought to myself that maybe I would want to work for a company as innovative and dynamic as Facebook. I am also interested in fashion, so I could see myself going into fashion public relations and possibly work for an agency.
What advice would you give to underclassmen who are considering a career in public relations?
I would say get involved, like right now. Seriously, start now! Whether you join ISU PRSSA, obtain an internship or just go online and research things that interest you, try to create some sort of direction for yourself. Start in some way whether it is having a blog, making videos or just showing your creativity while also creating something that you can show your future employer. Also, speak with your teachers. In my experience, they are extremely helpful and more than willing to give you direction, especially since many of them worked as public relations professionals prior to teaching.
Questions composed by Becca Williams
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