Erica Naumann ’17, a student pursuing an M.A. in Public Relations within the College of Communication and the Arts, will receive a 2018 Experiential Education Graduate Student Award at the Career Center’s Experiential Education Awards on May 9.
Naumann was selected as the College’s award recipient in recognition of her success as an intern with Jazz House Kids, a Montclair, New Jersey, charity dedicated to providing children with life skills by teaching them how to perform jazz music. Specifically, she excelled in a wide range of event management tasks and found a passion as a result.
“This internship afforded me several opportunities and made me realize that there’s so much more to public relations and communication than I thought,” Naumann said. “I found my love for events and operations in this internship.”
Naumann’s internship certainly provided plenty of chances for her to foster that interest. In her role, she gained experience in everything from price estimation to media relations. She even created plans for a music app and pitched her idea to the nonprofit’s CEO.
“I really felt like an employee instead of an intern,” Naumann said. “I would come in every day and have an important task that needed to be completed. They depended on me to help them run their business, and that was a really satisfying feeling.”
Naumann credits her coursework and the Career Center for helping her succeed at her internship. She said the Career Center helped her assemble her resume, and she used Navigator, its internship database, to find the opportunity. She also encouraged students to gain as much internship experience as possible, noting that opportunities like the one she had can prepare them for the professional workforce and help them discover which positions are the right fit.
Naumann knows her fit now. “I will never forget that opportunity,” she said. “I can’t wait to start my career in a similar job.”
The internship also led to her obtaining another operations internship with the Travelers Championship—an “amazing opportunity” she is thrilled to begin this summer. As an avid golf fan, she said she is looking forward to putting her event management skills to use for one of the PGA Tour’s most well-attended events.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.
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