How being in the right place at the right time ended in a social media internship

By Courtney Roszak

My final semester in college was supposed to be easier. I only have 13 credits — all within my major or minor. I don’t have class on Fridays and I had cut down m14063942_10209924206199525_3049293065106592238_n.jpgy hours at work.

But on the first day of the spring 2017 semester I went to visit Judy Gatlin to pick up a few forms for being an academic apprentice for CJ 373: Writing for Public Relations. Ten minutes later I left her office with a job as one of the office workers within the Department of Communication and Journalism.

Don’t ask me how, but somehow within the first two weeks my office job turned into an internship with the CJ Department. I know there had been talks about me working with the social media accounts between Judy Gatlin and Jan Larson, but it wasn’t until after a staff meeting it was announced that I was the new Communication and Journalism Social Media Intern.

Suddenly my easier semester became a little more hectic. However, it gave me the opportunity to create changes within the department through social media. I have worked this semester at sharing different internship opportunities, publishing students’ stories and posting about the different things our department does — all on social media. Being an upperclassmen within the department, I know about all the interesting things CJ majors do, and through this internship I have gotten to bring those stories to a bigger audience.

I have developed relationships with the faculty; a little hint, they aren’t as scary as you would think. Through my internship I have bonded with Jan Larson over traveling and learned about her family. I have laughed with David Tschida about his interesting Facebook pictures and chatted with Kris Knutson about the stress of senior year and entering the “real world.”

Do I sometimes wish I hadn’t accepted a job within the department? Rarely. It is true I would have more time for homework or Netflix binge watching had I kept my mouth shut. But 99 percent of the time I am happy I opened my mouth. This internship has given me a chance to experience more on my campus as my time dwindles down. I have gotten to make a change within the department and develop stronger social media skills. At the end of each day, I know I wouldn’t change a thing. Besides, I can always watch Netflix later on.

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