I interned at Auburn University’s Office of Communications and Marketing last summer. This department is responsible for the integrity, implementation and management of the Auburn University brand.
My internship allowed me to apply the knowledge I have learned in the classroom. I wrote and edited over 100 campus notices and posted them to Auburn University’s website through Cascade, a web content management system. I also was given the opportunity to research ideas and produce feature articles, news releases and spotlights to be posted on the university’s homepage. I assisted in editing e-newsletters and releases sent to students, faculty, staff and alumni. Collaboration was a big part of my internship, as I worked closely with the Office of Communications and Marketing staff to generate ideas for social media posts, recruiting tactics and Auburn’s role in the SEC commercial.
My favorite part of the internship was writing articles for the university’s website. Before writing my articles, I would brainstorm ideas and then conduct email, phone and in-person interviews. I wrote about students, faculty and alumni and their work on and off campus. I became proficient in AP Style through writing and editing.
One of my highlights was writing a story about two Auburn women who competed in the 2017 Air Race Classic. I met Ashley Tucker and Kendall Higdon at the Auburn University Regional Airport and interviewed them while also catching a glimpse of their plane. I loved getting to know Tucker and Higdon personally and learning about their passion for life. As a writer, hearing stories from people and sharing them with the world is the most rewarding part.
The majority of my stories were published on the university’s website, but others were published in Africa Magazine, the Opelika-Auburn News and the Auburn football program. I have attached a few of my articles below: