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Spring 2017 Senior Tribute

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We are so proud of our seniors – here are just a few of our members who are graduating this semester. Congratulations, Class of 2017! Hook ’em!

 

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Name: Asma Ali

Major: PR

Post-graduation plans: This summer I will be interning in New York at Fleishman Hillard as part of their graduate development program.

Favorite PRSSA memory: My favorite PRSSA memory has to be the opportunity it provided me with to intern with SXSW and meet some of my best friends in college!

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Name: Alexa Gonzaga (Former VP of Public Relations)

Major: Public Relations, Business Foundations Certificate

Post-graduation plans: Moving back to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to work in social media

Favorite UT memory: Meeting lots of new people and getting to work hard and have fun in this amazing city! Also, lots of late-night hot chocolates at Mozart’s.

Name: Thomas Hair

Major: Public Relations

Post-graduation plans: Start M.S. in Marketing from McCombs this summer

Favorite PRSSA memory: That time we had amazing cheesecakes at a meeting. Seeing KXAN Noon News live in-studio was pretty cool too.

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Name: Cindy Lien (Former VP of Operations)

Major: PR, Business Foundations Certificate

Post-graduation plans: I’m excited to start my career as a Greenhouse Fellow at FleishmanHillard Austin.

Favorite UT Memory: Second overtime during season opener with Notre Dame. I could’ve cried when we scored that touchdown.

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Name: Nancy Lien (Former President)

Major: Public Relations, Business Foundations Certificate

Post-graduation plans: Working as an assistant account executive at Cohn & Wolfe

Favorite UT memory: Game days! Being in the student section at football games, especially the Notre Dame and Baylor game

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Name: Daniela Ramirez

Major: B.S. Public Relations, McCombs Business Foundations Certificate

Post-graduation plans: Moving to New York City to intern at Weber Shandwick, working in their corporate practice.

Favorite UT memory: Going to H-E-B HQ in San Antonio for our capstone pitch. I was fortunate enough to be a part of a group made up of talented, hard-working individuals, and couldn’t be prouder of the work we did!

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Name: Sarah Elise Vasquez

Major: Public Relations

Post-graduation plans: I will be interning full-time with Edelman Los Angeles in the consumer brand team.

Favorite PRSSA memory: My favorite PRSSA memory was the 2015 National Conference in Atlanta! The conference introduced me to different sides of public relations that I hadn’t considered before. I left with new goals and plans!

Summer Internship Spotlight – Nancy Lien

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Name: Nancy Lien

Major: Public Relations

Classification: Senior

Internship: Consumer Intern at Cohn&Wolfe (Austin, TX)

 

What drew you to this internship?

Cohn&Wolfe is a world-class global agency and I knew I would get great, hands-on experience there with global and national brands. Their mantra is “dig deeper, imagine more,” which aligns with my passion of keeping a child-like curiosity in my profession. Additionally, Cohn&Wolfe is one of the few global agencies that offer undergrad internships. I was proud to be on the team when we won several Best Agency awards, including the Holmes Report “Large PR Agency of the Year.”

 

What do you like the most about your internship?

Being so hands-on and totally ingrained in the accounts that were assigned to me. I love the teams I work with and my diverse workload. I have a great mix of traditional PR work as well as work in the digital space. Since I’m on three accounts, I get to work with just about everyone in the office.

 

What have you learned from your internship so far?

Be proactive. Your colleagues will notice it. And remember that no task is too small to give it your best effort. Even if it’s just proofreading, being thorough and having a can-do attitude will get you noticed.

 

 

Any advice for people looking for an internship?

Start early. Make a list. Go for the ones you think are too big for you. If you don’t get it, at least they’ll remember you for when you are ready. I never thought I’d get an internship at a large agency like Cohn&Wolfe!

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Summer Internship Spotlight – Cindy Lien

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Name: Cindy Lien

Major: Public Relations

Classification: Senior

Internship: Public Relations Intern at FleishmanHillard (Austin, TX)

 

What drew you to this internship?

I was drawn to this internship because I knew that FleishmanHillard has an expansive network around the world, and that there is a lot of talent at this agency.

 

What do you like the most about your internship?

I really enjoy the people I work with. Everyone bring something different to the table, so I feel like I’m getting exposure to many aspects of PR and communications.

 

What have you learned from your internship so far?

I’ve learned that the best way to be a valuable asset to your office is to go above of what’s expected of you and to be resourceful. Creating accurate, thorough client-ready work and being a problem-solver will serve you well.

 

Any advice for people looking for an internship?

Take advantage of networking opportunities, especially happy hours, agency tours and career fairs. You’d be surprised where people remember you from!

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Summer Internship Spotlight – Erin Suddleson

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Name: Erin Suddleson

Major: Public Relations

Classification: Senior

Internship: Publicity Intern at Paramount Pictures (Los Angeles, CA)

 

What drew you to this internship?

I have always been interested in the entertainment industry. When I was looking for internships, I wanted to intern with a studio because it allowed me to get a large corporate feel but at the same time there are always new movies being released so the work is always changing.

 

What do you like the most about your internship?

I love that I have the opportunity to create how people first perceive a movie. I sit in on the brainstorming meetings where we share ideas on creative ways to get people talking about an upcoming movie. I also get to work high profile events which has always been a love of mine. And seeing movies before they are released is a nice perk.

 

What have you learned from your internship so far?

Honestly, I’ve learned more through this internship in just a month than any other. I now understand how much a role publicity has in our media. It is so interesting to see all of the responsibilities on the studio’s side that don’t typically come to mind such as travel arrangements, styling, and every public appearance that the talent makes before a movie is released.

 

Any advice for people looking for an internship?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Be confident and reach out to companies that really interest you. Even if you don’t see an internship position available on their website, they may still take interns. It never hurts to ask.

 

Erin Suddleson

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Summer Internship Spotlight – Sara Scarlett

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Name: Sara Scarlett

Major: Public Relations

Classification: Senior

Internship: Sales Intern at Coca-Cola (Atlanta, GA)

I am a Sales Intern at the Coca Cola Company in Atlanta, GA. I have shadowed people in all aspects of the company as well as learned how to communicate with managers of companies to order product and how to strategically place the products to increase market share and brand awareness. I also analyze stores to determine which products will sell better than others. Coca-Cola is such a great company and I’ve had the opportunity to learn great skills. Although this is not a traditional PR internship I have learned valuable communication skills that will help me in my future career path and at my internship in the fall at Hahn Public Communications.

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Summer Internship Spotlight – Alexa Gonzaga

Summer Internship Spotlight #5

Name: Alexa Gonzaga

Major: Public Relations

Classification: Senior

Internship: Film Publicity Intern at SXSW (Austin, TX)

 

What drew you to this internship?

I love film and TV, and I’ve always been interested in entertainment PR. SXSW is a great place to learn more about that field while staying close to home.

 

What do you like the most about your internship?

Over the years, SXSW has become such a huge part of Austin culture and it’s so neat to be able to work behind the scenes and see how everything comes together. I’m thankful for the opportunity to gain some valuable hands-on experience alongside some really great people.

 

What have you learned from your internship so far?

I’ve learned a lot about how film festivals work from a PR perspective. There’s a lot of work that goes into coordinating with filmmakers, press, publicists, and more in order to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

 

Any advice for people looking for an internship?

Get involved and make the most of any opportunity! I actually got to volunteer at SXSW this past spring through PRSSA, and that volunteer stint led to this internship. Do your best to make a good impression — you never know how it could benefit you in the future.

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