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10 Skills/Traits Site Supervisor’s Seek: The Internship Experience

Last month a colleague and I, along with three Internship Coordinators from two additional universities, had the opportunity to speak with the Savannah Marketing Group regarding requirements for our respective program internships. The hour long lunch meeting jogged some ideas regarding information I would like to distribute to Internship Site Supervisor’s that work with our students. But that’s another blog post.

During this meeting there was an exchange of information regarding each area’s program expectations with respect to potential internship sites, along with expectations from Internship Site Supervisor’s that may “hire” our interns. In the end, the following skills and traits were listed by these potential Internship Site Supervisor’s as desirable in an intern. As you read this list keep in mind that the work sites represented in this group range from broadcasting, communications, architecture, assisted living facility, accountant, etc.  Also keep in mind that this list is in no particular order.

10 Skills/Traits Internship Site Supervisor’s Seek

1. Strong writing skills

2. The ability to multitask

3. Takes initiative

4. Has website skills and/or graphic design skills

5. Is creative (within the brand)

6. Able to assist with, and at times, create and execute events

7. Feels comfortable contributing ideas

8. Understands and can effectively utilize social media

9. Has photography skills

10. Has research skills

If you are a site supervisor, or have held an internship position, are there additional skills/traits you would add to this list?



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Fall 2013 Internship Meeting

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In case you haven’t seen the printed bright yellow fliers, consider this your personal invitation to the upcoming fall 2013 internship meeting on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Veazey Hall. This meeting is for students interested in completing a public relations internship in spring or summer 2014.  At this meeting questions about internship applications, contracts, securing an internship site, and more will be answered.

An internship meeting is held at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Just make sure you attend an internship meeting, at minimum, one semester prior to the semester in which you anticipate completing an internship. View additional internship information on our website!

See you there!


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Topic of the Week 4 (Sp’13)

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Picture courtesy of Microsoft Images

Discuss three (or more) things you have done to secure a job in public relations and three (or more) things you must do.


Provide an argument as to why it is/or is not beneficial for a non-public relations major to complete an introductory level public relations course.


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Let Us See What You Got – Come Rock Our Taste Buds!

A Taste for Southern

Come out and support The Communication Arts Department in their First Annual Tailgating Cook-Off on April 27, 2013.

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Here are a few ways everyone can get involved in this terrific event:

  1. Sign up as a participant in the cook-off, it is $50 to enter the cook-off. This could consist of one person or a team of 4. So if you and your friends love to cook and would love to come out and show us what you got just check out the Rules and Regulations page and contact us at
  2. Spread the word, if you are not a great cook but know someone who is then tell them about this event and encourage them to enter.
  3. Volunteer to help, we are always looking for those individuals that love to help so events will run smoothly. If you are a student that needs volunteer hours or just a student that…

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Topic of the Week 3 (Sp’13)

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Picture courtesy of Microsoft images

Think about an event you have attended in the last 30 days that promoted diversity. How did you find out about the event (i.e. poster, Facebook, word of mouth, newsletter, etc.)? Why did  you attend? Can you identify aspects of traditional public relations that was used or should have been used to increase success of the event?


Write a blog post reaction to the panel of guest speakers that joined us in class last Friday. Some things to get you started: similarities and differences among jobs; daily duties; takeaways; lessons learned to prepare you for a career in public relations; etc.

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Discussing fundraising events with Alex Grovenstein

Alex Grovenstein, Director of Annual Giving of Georgia Southern University

Alex Grovenstein, Director of Annual Giving at Georgia Southern University

Last Friday, students in the Events Management class received event planning advice from alumus Alex Grovenstein. Alex’s event planning specialty lies in a niche area of event planning–fundraising. Sure, most people think of wedding planning, release parties, corporate events, etc. as the area of event planning they wish to work in, but someone has to raise funds. And, depending on the industry, they must raise funds all the time.

Currently the Director of Annual Giving at Georgia Southern University, Alex shared his event experiences with students. His advice to them: (1) Get use to not getting public credit; (2) Events don’t always go as planned; and (3) Sometimes you have to do it all yourself.  He provided students with examples from his current and previous jobs to illustrate these points. One such example was a Hockey Classic he planned. He found out 48-72 hours prior to the event that the coils necessary to make the floor freeze were broken and there was no one in the area that could fix the problem. (Sidebar: It takes about 48 hours for the floor in this facility to freeze into ice.) Solution: The building manager of the facility made some calls and found individuals from 4 hours away that could come down immediately and fix the situation.

After relaying this story and others about his event planning experiences, students asked Alex some questions about event planning. Below are the bulk of those questions, and his answers.

Social media was not around when you began in the industry. How did you raise awareness of events without social media?

We held a number of events locally; used word of mouth; traditional print; had media partners in radio and television; and each event consisted of committees and those committee members were centers of influence. We knew if we had those members it would instantly boost the credibility of our event.

What are the best events for fundraising?

Career fundraisers do not like events as a model for fundraising, and there is a whole argument behind that issue. However, you have to cultivate relationships with potential donors. The best event, however, depends on your market. Typically, the most successful events allow for everyone to participate. That is why running events are so popular. But also, look for something unique to the area.

How do you handle the pressure of planning and executing an event?

You have to plan in advance, and do not sweat the small stuff. There will be points of failure, but there are times when you have to go with the flow. When you are in the moment of the event you get tunnel vision and you just get it done. Keep a running tally of what is needed for next time to help with the planning.

What advice would you give potential event planners?

Finding a job in strictly event planning will be difficult right now because people will pull someone from a larger project to run an event for them. Therefore, not as many people are hiring for just an event planner right now. You will need to move to a larger market for that. Be patient and keep looking if you want to exclusively plan events for your career.

What is the most challenging part of your job–besides fundraising?

Politics, but this is part of every job. Also, this job is a transition from a private sector to a university setting, so there are some differences there as well.

What additional questions would you like to ask Alex about fundraising and event planning? Maybe we can get some of those questions answered. Comment below.

Many thanks to Alex for speaking to the class.



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5 advisement reminders

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Picture courtesy of Microsoft images

It is that time of year again–advisement. Before you rush to your adviser to obtain your registration access number (RAN), here are few tips to keep in mind.

1. Sign-up and show up

Things happen; it’s life. However, you only have one week prior to early registration to obtain your RAN. If you miss your advising appointment, go back to your adviser’s sign-up sheet to see if there are any additional time slots available for the week of advisement. Most advisers provide more time slots than they have advisees, but if no one signs up for the available times them then the advisor will probably not be in his or her office waiting for someone to show up. Also, advisers may not have advisement times for every day of the week. Sign up early!

2. See a peer adviser

If you are in the Communication Arts Department there are peer advisers available to help you plan your schedule. Peer advisers are also students within the Communication Arts Department. Therefore they may not know the answer to all your questions, but they will at least get you on the right path. They will also help you begin a list of questions to ask your adviser. Peer advising is available throughout the month of March but availability changes daily, so check the Veazey Hall conference door for times.

3. Bring your tentative schedule and folder to advisement

In order to obtain your folder you will need your ID. The main office will not accept other items, such as phones, credit cards, etc. in exchange for your folder. (And yes, students have attempted to exchange the aforementioned items, among other things, for their folder.) Your folder is necessary during advisement as it is a record of your appointment with your adviser and your time in the Communication Arts Department. Thus, additional important information will be housed in your folder upon completion of your advisement session. And don’t forget your tentative schedule. Peer advisers (see #2) will help you devise a tentative schedule.

4. Bring questions with you

Now is the time to ask your adviser pertinent questions concerning your schedule. Hence the word pertinent. Advisement times are short to accommodate the many advisees that must be advised within the one week time frame. Answers to some questions, although pertinent, can be found online. The departmental website provides course rotations, course descriptions and prerequisites, departmental minors, etc. Take the time to review this information, and your university catalog, prior to speaking with your adviser. If you are a public relations major, here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the major.

5. Focus on advisement

I know that faculty is sometimes difficult to catch, especially outside their office hours. However, your advisement time should focus on advisement, not internships, graduation clearance, class work, etc. Please be mindful that there will be people flowing into the advisers office before and/or after your advisement time.

What have I missed? What would you add?



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