02 2 / 2012
INTERN QUEEN TEACHES IMPORTANCE OF INTERNING
November 27, 2011 by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf (Arts and Life Editor)
Junior mass communication major Alicia Valko has secured five internships since her senior year of high school.
But that’s nothing compared to 15. Fifteen is the number of internships Lauren Berger completed during her four years of undergraduate school, thus earning the title of “Intern Queen.”
Now, Berger is the CEO of a Web-based company of the same name, and assists students in discovering internships that best fit them.
And Dec. 5, Berger will speak in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts about the importance of interning and being professional.
Valko, who is Towson’s campus ambassador for Intern Queen Inc., said she proudly promotes the message of interning as much as possible because it helped her identify the type of environment where she wants to work.
“One thing that’s really important to me after interning at so many places is the culture,” Valko said. “I definitely don’t want to be where you just come to work and don’t really talk to anybody, you just leave at five. There are so many differences, depending on where you work.”
When Valko interned at her second agency, Jack Morton Exhibit, a production-based company that designs artwork and logos and then markets them to others, she said she knew she wanted to work in a place like that.
“Jack Morton is such a creative and crazy agency,” she said.
“There’s always someone playing a joke on someone, or some crazy client wants something ridiculous. You’d think that working in an office, especially in New York, where everyone has to get dressed up and go to work and be completely boring. Well, it’s not like that at all if you find the right place.”
Dionne Clemons, an assistant professor in the department of mass communication and communication studies who also had five internships during her undergraduate career, said that she distributes internship opportunities to students whenever possible through her classes, Blackboard and email if she knows what internships may suit a particular student.
“Most [students] have never been to work,” she said. “It takes a long time to understand the nuances of work, and that’s something you need to get experience in. Not just doing a press release or writing articles, but actual relationships and hierarchy and structure and bosses, corporate politics. It’s very important.”
Clemons also said that interning allows students to develop tastes for careers they may or may not enjoy. As an undergraduate, she worked at 92Q, a radio station in Baltimore.
“It depends on your personality,” she said. “For me, radio was too cutthroat. It was not enough writing. I love to write. If there wasn’t enough writing for me, or variety of writing styles, I wasn’t into it.”
Valko also said that interning helped eliminate where she wouldn’t like to work.
“I know I want to work at a really big global agency in New York City,” she said. “I really want to work at Edelman Public Relations. That’s my dream company. I only want to work in specific sections, so it really helps me narrow down what I want to do.”
Valko said she encourages others to utilize Berger’s webpage, internqueen.com, as a resource to find opportunities and to network as much as possible.
“I took it upon myself in my last internship to meet with everyone in the office and ask what their advice was,” she said. “Everyone really wants to help.”"
04 2 / 2011
This semester has been going quite well. I really like my new roommate, Michelle, and my classes seem very interesting. I am taking:
MCOM 323: Advertising Media Planning
MCOM 325: Advertising Copywriting
ITAL 202: Intermediate Italian 2
COMM 315: Buisness & Professional Communication.
I like each of these classes, they seem challenging but relevant to my future, so I don’t mind doing the work. I am excited to start speaking more Italian in class, the course if more focused on speaking since we already have the framework for communicating. I am trying to study abroad next year, and Italy is my first choice so speaking the language might help me out!
I also have an amazing internship with MGH, Inc. for this semester. I go in Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-5pm. My coworkers are great and I love the work I do. How lucky am I?
Today I have 2 interviews that I am very excited about. I will talk more about them later, but I don’t want to jinx either of them! I will, however, say that I am very happy with the way my life is going and I feel that there are many, many good things to come my way soon. Like Thomas Jefferson, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
05 1 / 2011
Last night, I decided to check out what the buzz about TED was. I knew it was a conference about Ideas Worth Spreading, but I had no idea that it was a global thing that inspires so many people around the world. I was more than blown away.
After figuring out that there were these TEDx conferences, which are individually organized TED events, I knew I wanted to try to host one at Towson! I have big plans already, I just need to organize them and try to get meetings with the right people at the university. I have an idea about a theme, guest speakers, venues, etc. I am planning big things!
And to help me… I bought Scott Belsky’s book, Making Ideas Happen. I am excited to read it because I always have such grand ideas that sometimes are unable to come to fruition because of a lack of support or bad timing. I make a lot of things happen on my own, but I hate when my grand ideas are met with difficulty. I also bought Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends & Influence People, it seemed like it would be a good read.
Has anyone read these books?
05 1 / 2011
Well I didn’t get off to a good start this morning, but I am hoping my day gets better. I just called Towson to buy a parking permit for the spring semester and they have a good number available, but I don’t want to pay $180 to park for 3 months. The one thing I just despise about Towson is that they are the worst about parking. Did I mention that I got two parking tickets in one day? I was moving out and they couldn’t even give me a break! So now I have to go to court to appeal the ticket, and court fees are going to be as much as the actual ticket I’m sure. Ugh, not happy.
Anyway, I’m still trying to nail down this application so I can send it out to be proofread and edited. I love that there are so many people willing to edit my applications because they genuinely want to help me succeed. I am glad that I picked Towson (despite their horrific parking situation) because every one of my professors has offered their help and advice beyond the classroom.