Employer: Angela Hospice
Job Title: Public Relations Intern
Major: Advertising & Public Relations
Received Credit: Yes
Description of the Organization
Angela Hospice is a non-profit organization, founded by the Felician Sisters. Their programs are driven by the Felician Sisters' core values, which in turn were instructed by the life of the Felician Sistersý foundress, Mary Angela Truszkowska.
Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed
During my time at Angela Hospice, I was assigned to work on sending out gift bags with pillows that can be heated up, as well as a separate package that included Angela Hospice scarves to long time donors. These gifts are meant to show how much we cherish their commitment whether they donate because of a loved one they have right now, or someone who has previously passed away. They believe in what we do, and we cherish their support completely. Helping write and send out the messages is different and unique to each individual person due to the fact that we use consumer databases to find research different information about them. This special care helped develop my skills as a writer and patience. I was also assigned to write scripts for some of the videos we wanted to produce for the company promotions, I was put In charge of directing some of the scenes as well. If you donýt have good people skills it is very hard to explain to those participating what your vision is, and how you want it done. Only then can they completely understand the bigger picture of the project. Many of the scripts focused on training videos, one of them being a fire evacuation drill. The procedures have to seem firm and professional, and everyone must remain in a calm procedure so itýs not to confuse to viewer of the behavior expected. I had to make sure that the dialogue was long enough to fit each video taken and if what was being shown matched up with the dialogue.
Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience
Communication is a key skill and responsibility, especially at Angela Hospice, and must be maintained with complete attention. You arenýt always discussing meeting dates to go over the website or interview times in person. Everyone has a job to do and emailing each other is the most efficient way to do this without halting the flow of the business and work environment. Communication should be maintained for independent work but also teamwork, so a project deadline is not missed for a client or otherwise.
Favorite Part of the Experience
My favorite part of my internship was the people I worked with. They all equally helped me and listened to my creative ideas and insight as much as they could.
How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals
This experience has influenced my insight into what kind of job I want for the rest of my life. Do I want a quiet sit down desk job or do I want to keep moving and keep busy. Only time may tell.