Greenlee hosts workshops to prepare students for Jump-Start Internship and Networking Fair

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As students make plans to attend the Fall 2017 Jump-Start Internship and Networking Fair Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Greenlee School will host several workshops prior to the event to help them prepare for the internship experience – and what follows.

This semester, the workshops are centered on the process of completing the ADVRT / JL MC / P R 499A internship requirement and how to navigate the professional workplace environment after securing an internship.

Juli Probasco-Sowers, Greenlee School internship coordinator, encourages students to attend the workshops no matter what stage in the internship search they are.

“We want our students to be as ready as possible to fulfill the requirements of 499A,” said Probasco-Sowers. “We then hope they will go out and be successful in the workplace. Students who do well in their internships are usually those who know what is expected of them and follow through with those expectations.”

All workshops are free to students. No advance registration is necessary.

Workshop 1: 499A to Z | Sept. 13 and Sept. 21 | noon-1 p.m. | 172 Hamilton Hall

You need to complete ADVRT/JL MC P R 499A to graduate – but how? From first approval to final paper, Greenlee’s internship coordinator will demystify the process, explain what’s expected of you and your internship supervisor and answer your burning questions.

  • Probasco-Sowers will discuss the nuts and bolts of 499A, review the syllabus packet and answer questions.
  • Each session will cover the same information, so attendees may pick the date that works best for them.

Workshop 2: You’re Hired. Now What? | Sept. 21 | 5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m. | 172 Hamilton Hall

Be the intern everyone raves about. Find out how to succeed in a professional environment from our panel of students and alumni who’ve been there.

  • Taren Crow, LAS Career Services, will discuss workplace professionalism.
  • A panel of current and former students will share their experiences in the workplace:

    • Selchia Cain is a second year master’s student majoring in mass communications with a minor in women & gender studies. She will graduate in May 2018. Cain has interned with two Fortune 500 Companies, Principal Financial and John Deere. Throughout her undergraduate career she produced content for AARP, worked as a Community Engagement Assistant for Mind of Over Media, a marketing agency based in Santa Monica, California, and also spent two summers interning with Parris Communications a public relations firm in Kansas City, Mo. After graduating from Drake University with degrees in Journalism & Mass Communications and Rhetoric New Media & Social Change, Selchia spent a year teaching journalism courses as a visiting Adjunct Professor at Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing China. Currently she just finished her first year working part-time at John Deere in their communications department and is a lecturer for JL MC 110 and the teaching assistant for JLMC 477. After graduating from Greenlee she looks forward to launching her communications career with John Deere.

    • Nik Heftman is a senior in journalism and mass communication with an area of concentration in international studies. He recently completed his internship in Carroll, Iowa, at the Daily Times Herald. Last year, he won a regional Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists in the breaking news category for a story he wrote on a student protest. He was a finalist in the feature writing category. He plans to pursue a career in investigative reporting after graduation.

    • Tisa Tollenaar graduated from the Greenlee School in the summer of 2017. She majored in journalism and mass communication and minored in world film studies. Her professional experience includes working at WHO-HD Channel 13 News in Des Moines first as a part-time news video editor and then as a full-time newscast producer. She was offered a full-time position while she was interning as a video editor. She’s already doing what she wanted to do right out of graduation but her goal is to work her way up to an executive producer position in a large-market TV viewing area.

    • Madison Tuttle is a senior in public relations, who will be graduating May 2018. She interned at the Southern District of Iowa United States District Court in summer 2016 and spent the last summer interning at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. After graduation, she plans to return to Johnson Space Center as an intern or contractor in the Orion communications office.

    • Henry Zimmerman is a senior in journalism and mass communication. He plans on graduating next spring and would love to work in public radio after graduation. He has had two internships and a part-time media job during his college years. He worked as a weekend host at Siouxland Public Media, and he interned at Powell Broadcasting and 103.2 Dublin City FM. He is also heavily involved with student media; he is the News & Talk Director at 88.5 KURE Ames Alternative and he helps produce podcasts for the Iowa State Daily.

Jump-Start Internship and Networking Fair | Sept. 26 | noon-4 p.m. | Great Hall, Memorial Union

The boutique-style fair connects students majoring in advertising, journalism, public relations and related majors with employers who are searching for interns and future employees in those fields. The event will be noon-4 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.