Student Shout-Out: Forrest Brunson, "Relay for Life" Team Recruitment Chair

What are you going to be doing this weekend? Chances are many of you may be trying to catch up on some sleep. Well, not Communication Studies major Forrest Brunson! What will he be doing this weekend? Spending 24 hours on the Negoesco Field track participating in Relay for Life to support cancer research! Thus, today’s Student Shout-Out goes to Forrest who is currently serving as a Team Recruitment Chair for Relay for Life! I asked Forrest to tell us more about Relay for Life and why he got involved:

“I am currently on this year’s committee for Relay For Life as the Team Recruitment Chair, and if you aren’t aware of what it is, Relay For Life is a 24 hour event that fund-raises and gets the word out about cancer in a very unique way. In the simplest of terms, teams are created, and each of the members is responsible for raising, at minimum, $10, and each team is also responsible for creating ‘shifts’ to ensure that someone is on the track for the entire 24 hours. In the middle of the track, the other teams are ‘camping’ out and participating in events to entertain themselves. In addition there are ceremonies, such as the Luminary Ceremony, which remembers and celebrates those who have battled cancer.  It is a really fun event and everyone is able to come together as community for a cause that affects so many of us.

COMS major and Relay for Life Team Recruitment Chair Forrest

COMS major and Relay for Life Team Recruitment Chair Forrest

I RELAY because I have unfortunately heard the words ‘You have cancer’, at the young age of 19. It not only made me feel kidnapped from life, but taught me that cancer doesn’t discriminate on age, race, gender, or sexuality.”
We want to spread the word about this important event. If you are interested in donating to Relay for Life, or if you are interested in coming out to support Forrest’s team, the event begins tomorrow April 20th at 5:00 pm after the USF women’s soccer game in Negoesco Field and goes through Sunday at 5:00 pm. Check out the links below for more information:

my personal relay page and our event page

USF has 25 teams and 357 people participating in Relay for Life and has so far raised $15,332.02 for cancer research!!! Congratulations to Forrest and all of the USF students participating in the Relay for Life this weekend!


Dons' Doings: Alumni Speaker Night featuring Claire Bentley

Drum roll please!

I am excited to announce our annual Alumni Speaker Night and Graduation Celebration is coming up this Thursday April 18th! This year, we are pleased to welcome 2010 Communication Studies graduate Claire Bentley back to campus as our keynote speaker for the evening!

Claire is currently an Associate at Sparkpr in San Francisco. Prior to joining the team at Sparkpr, Claire worked at Andrew Freeman & Company as an Account Coordinator and later an Account Manager. Claire specializes in media relations, customer relations, client management, customer service, crisis management, event planning, and brand representation. During her time here at USF, Claire served as President of Lambda Pi Eta. We are excited to have her back to campus and I know that our current students will be able to learn a lot from her experience and advice.

2010 COMS graduate and 2013 Alumni Speaker Claire Bentley

2010 COMS graduate and 2013 Alumni Speaker Claire Bentley

In addition to hearing from Claire, we will be recognizing our graduating Lambda Pi Eta members and other achievements of our graduating seniors. The event is open to all Communication Studies majors and you need not be a member of Lambda Pi Eta to attend.

Here are the details:

What?  Alumni Speaker and Graduation Celebration  

When?  Thursday April 18th, 6:30- 8:00 pm 

Where?  Berman Room of Fromm Hall

Who? All Communication Studies majors (and friends/family of Communication Studies majors)

We hope to see you there!


Internship Ideas Class Edition: Claire at Where Travel Media

it is that time of year when students are busy looking through class schedules and course descriptions. Yes, it is registration time here at USF! And I have recently heard several students comment on how they want to take the Internship class and that they need to find an internship. Well, here to share her story is Communication Studies major Claire Zimmer who interned last semester at Where Travel Media. Here she is…

COMS Major and Where Intern Claire

COMS Major and Where Intern Claire

Q: Where did you intern and what do they do?

Claire: “This summer I started interning at Where Travel Media, a magazine/guidebook/maps tourism publications office. Where produces a monthly magazine, Where San Francisco, that can be found in high volume tourism spots, hotel rooms and visitor centers across San Francisco and the East Bay. In addition, Where produces a yearly map of San Francisco, as well as a Guestbook, which is a high-end annual guidebook for both visitors and locals alike. Every November, Where publishes an annual issue of Epicure, a food and wine guide to the bay area. Although I am no longer considered a visitor to San Francisco, I have learned about many new tasty spots to eat and drink in the city! ”

Q: How did you find this internship and why did you decide to intern there?

Claire: “I found this internship on Craigslist one summer day. I had not anticipated a summer internship, however I decided to look and found Where’s posting to be compelling. Although my heart is set on being a teacher, I had always been interested in the publications industry and thought that it couldn’t hurt to submit a cover letter and resume. And if I were to get hired, it would be nice to test waters I haven’t yet tested. I ended up getting hired as a business administration intern, but also helped out in all areas of the office.”

Q: What did you do on a daily basis at your internship?

Claire: “My day-to-day tasks included plenty of “intern work,” such as filing, paying bills, organizing, etc. However many times, I was able to help out with things like writing press releases, reviewing paginations and editing. Editing was probably my favorite task that I helped with because I could easily see a direct result of my work, and knowing that I was catching errors that could have ended up being seen by thousands of people was very satisfying. In addition, Where hosted AWESOME networking events every month that I would help out with if I could. On the last day of my internship, I worked as the photographer for a party at the Embarcadero Ice Rink that was catered by Osha Thai (complete with plenty of holiday treats, might I add).”

Q: What did you learn from this internship?

Claire: “I learned a great amount from the five months that I spent at Where. The greatest thing I took away form this experience was an ability to feel more comfortable working with professionals that are much older than you. At first it seems intimidating to sit down and give advice to a fifty year old businessman, but comfort comes from experience. I feel that becoming so close with everyone in the office will also help me on interviews in the future.”

Q: What advice do you have for other students looking for an internship?

Claire: “My biggest piece of advice for someone looking for an internship is definitely to do your research on the company before an interview. I spent a great deal of time researching not only Where San Francisco, but its parent company as well. When I interviewed, my boss was really impressed at how much time and thought I had put into this interview, and was able to gauge my work ethic from this. It’s always better to look like a know-it-all than a know-nothing!”

Great advice, Claire! Thanks for sharing!


Internship Ideas Class Edition: Alyssa at Benefit Cosmetics

I taught the Communication Studies Internship class last semester and I asked all of my students to write an “Internship Ideas” blog post for me. They all complied (maybe the grading had something to do with it?) but I haven’t kept up my end of the bargain. That is, I haven’t been posting them! *Sigh* So, today I am happy to present a long overdue post from senior Communication Studies major Alyssa Micciche. Without further ado…

Q: Where do you intern and what do they do?

Alyssa: “I am the PR/Marketing intern at Benefit Cosmetics, which is one of two cosmetics companies headquartered on the West Coast (the rest are in New York!), that makes and sells beauty products and services on an international level.” (My tense is correct… Alyssa continued her internship at Benefit because it was going so well!)

Q: How did you find this internship?

Alyssa: “I found this internship trough Professor Doohan and the internship class. I would highly recommend taking this class because it can lead you to some great opportunities and internships.” (Me again, I can’t take all of the credit… Alex from the Career Services Center passed this one on to me!)

Q: Why did you decide to intern there?

Alyssa: “I love the beauty industry! I always knew that I wanted to get involved in some part of the fashion or beauty industry and working at Benefit has been perfect for that. Also, I have been using their products since I was about 13 years old, so I was very familiar to the brand and their products.”

Q: What do you do on a regular basis at your internship?

Alyssa: “On a regular day at Benefit, I send a lot of makeup and products to celebrities, makeup artists, national magazines, bloggers, and video bloggers. I also track the “hits” that Benefit receives in both magazines and online. Currently, I am helping plan and execute an event that is going to happen in January. I assist my boss and co-workers with anything from invitations, to calling venues, to looking for decorations. Every day is something new and exciting to look forward to!”

Q: What have you learned from this internship?

Alyssa: “I have had the chance to learn a lot about the beauty industry. It is definitely unlike any industry I have worked in before and I absolutely love it! There has been a learning curve but I have learned through this internship that it is okay to ask questions and that if you want to be involved in something, ask. I have learned that PR is a field that I want to continue working in.”

Q: What advice do you have for other students looking for an internship?

Alyssa: “I think that connections are a huge part of finding an internship. All of the internships that I have had are because I knew someone that was able to connect me with the company. Also, I think taking advantage of the Career Services Center is super important because they really can help prepare you to nail your job interview and to get the internship of your dreams. Something that I have learned from this class is that you need to make yourself stand out so that employers remember you. It is great to get good grades and have great references but employers are look for people they want to work with, so don’t forget to show who you are and why you would be the best fit for the company.”

COMS major and Benefit intern Alyssa in front of her castle

COMS major and Benefit intern Alyssa in front of her castle

Great advice, Alyssa! Thanks for sharing your experience!