School’s Not Quite Out for Summer

Posted on: June 8, 2012

Chicago cityscapeThis week, I headed to Chicago for a wonderful reception hosted by Adrienne Johns (B.A. Communication, ’70) and her husband Jim Whiteley. Adrienne is the president of Ecowrap and has supported intern scholarships in the college, providing some great opportunities for our students. Jana O’Brien and Glenn Marrichi were also present at the alumni reception; they have both been quite instrumental in aiding our students with internships and scholarships along with help of so many other great alumni and friends of the college.

Kaitlynn Knopp is one student who landed a great internship this summer. Kaitlynn is a journalism major with a concentration in visual communications and is the associate editor for Ing Magazine. Kaitlynn interns at The Awesome Mitten where she edits and submits stories for publication and discusses upcoming stories ideas.

“For as long as I can possibly remember, I've wanted my career in journalism to relate to editing. So, getting this first-hand experience from a company that thousands of people enjoy was very beneficial,” Knopp said.

In addition to Kaitlynn, advertising major Kelsey Strachan is currently interning at Lapides Publicity Giragosian in Royal Oak. Kelsey writes press releases, makes contact lists and pitches stories to the media.

“I have definitely learned stress management and time management.  In my internship, I am given several tasks at the same time to be completed throughout the day/week.  Due to this, it is pertinent to be well organized and aware,” Kelsey said.

In addition to internships, students are keeping busy this summer with study abroad programs and summer courses. There are currently 1,656 undergrad CAS students who are taking at least one course this summer, which includes study abroad programs, internships for credit or independent studies.  Many students take courses over the summer to lighten their load during the fall/spring semesters. Online classes are especially popular for out-of-state students.

It’s always exciting to hear what our students are up to over the summer and to learn about the ways they’re continuing to learn about and gain experience in their respective fields. Keep up the great work!

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