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Internships Help Student Explore Career Options

Posted on April 17, 2014 7:07 am by dlleeder

Kirstin Henning

Kirstin Henning

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences encourages students to participate in internships that help them explore career options and gain real-world experiences. In this Q & A, a student shares how she is taking what she learns in the classroom and applying it in professional settings.

Kirsten Henning is a junior who is majoring in Communication.

How did you locate your internships?

I found my current internship in the promotions and marketing department of Clear Channel Communications, Inc, (a mass media company) through a friend. She had interned for Clear Channel last semester as a “Bob and the Showgram” radio program intern. I emailed my resume to the head of the marketing department and about a week later I was asked to come in for an interview.

I began interning for Valentine Commons, a private student housing company, after hearing about it from a friend as well.

As for College Lifestyles, which is an online magazine, I found that internship on, which is a great resource if you are interested in working for a magazine or doing editorial work.

What do you do in your internships?

 For Clear Channel, I have office hours twice a week, from 10:00 - 2:00. My usual office work consists of creating and filing prize sheets, calling contest winners, creating spreadsheets for upcoming events and promotions, finding blog content, and managing social media accounts. In addition to my work in the office, I attend remote and promotional events such as the Krispy Kreme Challenge and Triangle Beach Music Festival that Clear Channel is hired to promote or oversee.

At Valentine Commons, my primary duties included managing the front desk, making calls to prospective tenants, updating social media platforms, strategizing ideas for special offers and promotions, and creating leasing contracts with new residents.

At College Lifestyles, I was responsible for creating original content for the fashion and lifestyles sections of the magazine. I was expected to market my work as well as the work of my colleagues on social media accounts, and to design layouts for my articles.

How do your internships relate to your major, career goals and personal interests?  

All my internships have been different, yet they all relate to communication. Though I’m unsure of exactly what career path I want to take after graduation, I have dreamed of working for a fashion magazine. My internship with College Lifestyles gave me a sneak peek into the work of editorials, which was an awesome first step towards achieving my goal of working for a magazine. With Clear Channel, I have learned a lot about the ins and outs of radio, something I was pretty unfamiliar with before I started interning there. For my Media concentration, I wanted to get my feet wet in an area of entertainment and Clear Channel was my outlet of opportunity. I feel as though all of my intern experience will make me a more well-rounded candidate when I enter the job market next year. At least that’s my hope!

What are some things you have learned so far in your internships?

The most important lesson is to ask a lot of questions. The people I work with have always been eager to help and to further educate me about their responsibilities. I have found it extremely beneficial to pick the brains of my supervisors because they have years of experience and they can guide me in my future endeavors.  I have also learned a number of marketable skills, such as planning events, reaching out to the community, copy-editing, creating marketing ideas and managing office work. Of all of these useful skills, communication is a key factor. If you are a successful communicator, you are golden.

What have some of the challenges been?

The greatest challenge of my internship experiences has been finding a healthy balance between interning, school and my part-time job. My plate is definitely full, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Interning gives me the opportunity to gain real work experience while building valuable connections with business professionals.

I have also found it challenging at times to work as an unpaid intern. Without monetary incentive it can be difficult to motivate myself. However, since my experiences have been so rewarding in many other ways, I consider that my compensation for a hard day’s work.

What have some of the rewards been?

My internship experiences have been filled with rewards! With Clear Channel, I get to attend fun events, like concerts, Listener Lounges, festivals, etc. This past weekend, I met American Authors at a Listener Lounge, which was so exciting! Working for the radio gives me the opportunity to do a lot of cool things that I wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to. At College Lifestyles, I always found it extremely rewarding to be acknowledged by my boss, my colleagues and the readers when I wrote something that was highly acclaimed. It was gratifying to be praised for my hard work and efforts.

It’s also rewarding to work with well-established professionals because I have learned a lot from their experiences. I have definitely built upon my knowledge of journalism, marketing and sales during my time as an intern. It’s been beneficial to intern for a number of different companies because it allows me to try new things and gives me the chance to find something that I really enjoy.

The Technician Highlights 2014 Wolfpack Speaks Winners

Posted on April 11, 2014 10:25 pm by sjoneal

The annual Wolfpack Speaks public speaking competition was held April 2 as part of COM WEEK. Technician article.

This is What Science Looks Like Blog

Posted on April 11, 2014 9:59 pm by sjoneal

Research Blog Post: My name is Lynsey Romo and I’m an assistant professor of interpersonal and health communication. I study communication about uncomfortable issues, particularly surrounding money, weight, and healthy but deviant behaviors (e.g., not drinking alcohol) in hopes of helping people talk about these matters more effectively.


COM Spring Commencement May 10

Posted on April 11, 2014 9:54 pm by sjoneal

The annual spring commencement exercises for the Department of Communication will be held at 1 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum May 10, 2014.

Study Finds Gaming Augments Players' Social Lives

Posted on April 10, 2014 7:56 am by Lauren Kirkpatrick

Image courtesy of Nick Taylor.

Image courtesy of Nick Taylor.

New research finds that online social behavior isn’t replacing offline social behavior in the gaming community. Instead, online gaming is expanding players’ social lives. The study was done by researchers at NC State University, York University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

“Gamers aren’t the antisocial basement-dwellers we see in pop culture stereotypes, they’re highly social people,” says Dr. Nick Taylor, an assistant professor of communication at NC State and lead author of a paper on the study. “This won’t be a surprise to the gaming community, but it’s worth telling everyone else. Loners are the outliers in gaming, not the norm.”

Researchers traveled to more than 20 public gaming events in Canada and the United Kingdom, from 2,500-player events held in convention centers to 20-player events held in bars. The researchers observed the behavior of thousands of players, and had 378 players take an in-depth survey, with a focus on players of massively multiplayer online role-playing games such as EVE Online and World of Warcraft.

The researchers were interested in tracking the online and offline behavior of gamers, focusing on how they communicated with each other. They found that gaming was only one aspect of social behavior at the gaming events.

“We found that gamers were often exhibiting many social behaviors at once: watching games, talking, drinking, and chatting online,” Taylor says. “Gaming didn’t eliminate social interaction, it supplemented it.

“This was true regardless of which games players were playing, and whether a player’s behavior in the online game was altruistic. For example, a player could be utterly ruthless in the game and still socialize normally offline.”

The researchers also found that gamers didn’t distinguish between the time they spent playing games and the time they spent watching other people play games.

“It all fell under the category of gaming, which they view as a social activity,” Taylor says.

Taylor notes that this work focused on Western gaming communities, and he’s interested in studying the relationship between social behaviors and gaming in other cultures.

The paper, “Public Displays of Play: Studying Online Games in Physical Settings,” is published online in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Jennifer Jenson and Barry Dilouya of York University, and Dr. Suzanne de Castell of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The work was supported by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

By Matt Shipman, NC State News Services