This past semester I have had the pleasure of interning with the American Red Cross, Services to the Armed Forces (SAF) division. My time working with them was an absolute pleasure. When I first started working with SAF I was unsure what to expect. I knew I would be working closely with volunteers who provide the many services of the Red Cross specifically to the military on Fort Benning. My first assignment was to write a donation letter to obtain water and beverages for Red Cross. As a non-profit organization majority of their funding and material come from donations. I was really impressed with the procedure and was unsure of how the process worked. I found Rhetorical Criticism to be very beneficial during this assignment. In the course we are taught the process for writing persuasive documents that came in handy. After requesting from local businesses we received over $200 dollars in gift cards to be used to purchase water and beverages for Red Cross events. One of the events we were able to benefit from these donations was at a local fundraiser put together to help raise awareness in recognition of Red Cross Awareness month.
This will be one of my last weeks being in NPACE considering I will be graduating in 11 days. Looking back, there isn’t anywhere else I would have wanted to intern at besides NPACE. I do not regret the time spent in there because something new was being learned each day. NPACE not only taught me different creating, recording, to editing skills, but it also gave me plenty of hands on experience with it all. I was lucky enough to use equipment I would have never learned about on my own time. Simply because a lot of the equipment was professional and pretty expensive. Only people who are making something professional and know a thing or two about camera settings would even consider paying those prices. I wouldn’t spend that much on cameras and lighting unless I was confident I was going to profit from it. I will always remember the connections I made by being in there as well. I met many students that were in my major who I never had came in contact with before. Since we ended up seeing each other everyday, we all formed stronger bonds and some became friends. NPACE showed me how much talent was walking around in my own neighborhood. All the projects I started on are finished and now I just have to focus on my classes for these next few days. After school I plan on using the skills I practiced in NPACE. Even if I don’t get a job in the communication field, I will still be keeping up with the technology and getting better. Not to finally land a communication job, but to someday create some of my own.
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I recently worked the Peach Belt Conference golf tournament at Callaway Gardens. The first day was interesting because it was storming. The rain came down pretty heavy and at first they were attempting to continue with the golf tournament, but eventually they called it. They sent me to the 18th hole.
It was kind of cool because they gave me my own golf cart to drive back and forth between the course and the club house. My job was to collect the scores from the 16th hole to the 18th hole and text them into the official score keeper. As I said eventually they called me to come back to the club house to see if they will continue the first round. They eventually just called the first round off.
The second day of the tournament they sent me to the fourth hole. It was still raining a little bit, but not as much as day one. It was peaceful sitting on the golf course. You really have to experience it some day because it is quite scenic. I did the same job as day one except this time I kept track of holes 1 through 3. When all the golfers came through my station I went back into the club house. I had a blast at the course.
Tonight 98.3 The Beat planned a special event at club Medallion. We have ran several PSA’s on the radio and across Clear Channel’s local radio stations in Columbus, GA. Wednesday’s are usually a big night for club Medallion so the estimated outcome for the audience should be rather good. I won’t be able to attend the planned event tonight because I have to work and will not get off until late, but I know my mentor will let me know how it went on Friday. Although I will not be able to attend the event everyone seemed very excited and a lot of talk was going around the event. I also helped with advertising and promotion for the event. The word needs to get out not only on the radio but by word of mouth.
Today I had the opportunity of working with some PSA advertisement checks from several companies and filling out paperwork for the winners from different stations contests. I worked the board during my usual times which is 4-5:30pm and answering phone calls for the winner of the day during the “Top 4 Playlist” half.
Around 4:45pm we did have an on-air interview with Janel Lewis on the Lupus Live charity fundraiser on May 3rd. Mrs. Lewis spoke about where the event will be held, what will happen and most importantly what the event is.
The event is meant to raise awareness and research funding for lupus, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue. Lupus Live will be held Saturday, May 3 from 7pm to 8:30pm at St. James AME CHurch banquet hall located at 1002 6th Ave. downtown Columbus. There will also be a walk that morning at 9:30 am at Lake Bottom Park.
It was wonderful to hear what Mrs. Lewis had to offer and say about the organization.
Well, my internship at Easter Seals is coming to an end. I am very proud of everything I have accomplished during this semester. My goal was to help increase their social media presence and I feel like I successfully fulfilled that goal. I have also gotten the opportunity to be involved in so many aspects of how a non-profit organization works. In addition to all of the work I completed, I was able to make some very special friends. This internship has been one of the best experiences I have ever had in my academic career. My confidence and knowledge has grown tremendously in just a few short months.
With all of this being said, I would like to announce that although my internship is coming to an end, my time at Easter Seals is not. The CEO and other directors I have been working with were so impressed with my work that they offered me a permanent position as their marketing person. This is a new position at this facility and I am excited to put everything I have learned in the Communication Department into action to help build a brand for this organization.
I want to say a quick thank you to the department for the opportunity to complete a senior internship, without this opportunity I wouldn’t be graduating with a job at an organization that is so dear to my heart. This really is a dream come true and an answered prayer.
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