Public Affairs / Media Relations
From government relations to outreach and marketing, the Office of Public Affairs and Media Relations works with divisions across the campus to integrate communications internally and externally.
Public Affairs Professional Internship Program
This office offers a paid, pre-professional internship for students who desire real-world business experience to promote the visibility of Austin College locally, regionally, and nationally. Interns are selected on the basis of their ability to grow and develop in the six areas listed below, with Project Management, required of all. Submit your application!
...working with print and television broadcast journalists to cover College news related to current events. Responsibilities entail inviting media to campus via press releases and media alerts and conducting the interviews with faculty, staff, students, and special guests. The function of media relations also includes creating connections between Austin College and the media by monitoring current events and discovering timely connections with campus resources.
...planning and executing steps for on-campus and off-campus events designed for an impact on the campus community and beyond. Responsibilities include organizing a planning team, assigning and monitoring tasks, interface with catering and room layout, hosting speakers, and being a leadership resource to plan and carry out events that reflect positively on the Austin College brand.
...writing in a variety of styles including press releases, articles, memos, invitations, surveys, and business briefs. Responsibilities include conducting interviews, reaching out via email, social media, telephone and face-to-face with the campus constituents, guests, and the community.
...promoting the College events (through posters, flyers, tee shirts and more) and advertising, geared to specific target audiences. Skill and experience in graphic or visual design is valued, with experience using Adobe and Microsoft suite of publishing software desired.
...both filming and post-production editing of video. Work includes determining requirements and the video deliverables required for each project. Work may include developing story boards, scripts, coordinating narration, conducting interviews, filming B-roll, creating graphic lower-thirds and incorporating multi-media.
...demonstrate initiative and follow-through on tasks related to project phases and completion – including the tracking and accountability of all parties and resources involved. In addition to weekly team meetings for planning and updates, a weekly progress report is required of each intern, providing status of every project throughout each phase and listing completed assignments.
Meet the Interns
I graduated in May of 2017 and received my Bachelor’s degree with majors in Finance and Political Science. Upon graduation, I received a Financial Analyst position with Wells Fargo Middle Market Commercial Banking. I held an internship in the Office of Public Affairs from my sophomore year until I graduated. As an intern, I assisted… [Read More]
As a marketing communications intern, I developed skills in writing articles, press releases, and web copy. Not only did I grow as a writer, but I also explored many different career areas. The discipline and project management skills I learned in this internship helped prepare me for the work world ahead.
I graduated from Austin College in 2017 with a double major in Psychology and Communication. I am pursuing a Masters in Social Work at UTA with the intent to develop a career in the non-profit sector. I have worked with the Public Affairs Office since my sophomore year and have loved getting hands-on experience planning… [Read More]
I am from Austin, Texas and graduated in 2016 after studying Media and Japanese at Austin College. I was an intern at the Office of Public Affairs for almost 2 years, working with the video team to interview students, film, and edit various vignettes. I will be taking my media and interpersonal skills to my… [Read More]
I graduated from Austin College with a major in Media Studies and minor in Art. I am excited about the next journey in my life and the new experiences that will come. I joined the Public Affairs office at the beginning of my senior year as a member of the Video Team. In January I… [Read More]
I graduated from Austin College with a double major in Business Administration and Psychology, while also obtaining a minor in Leadership Studies. I am currently in the Houston area practicing Real Estate while working to obtain my Masters sometime in the near future. My time in the Office of Public Affairs (Summer 15′ – Spring… [Read More]
As a local from Sherman, I will graduate Austin College with a double-major in International Economics & Finance and Global Management, including a minor in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Mandarin Chinese. Having spent one semester in China, I hope to live a life with a global mindset. With several years of experience in video, I work… [Read More]
I graduated from Austin College with a major in Biology and minor in Art. From all of my experiences at Austin College, I consider my time as a Public Affairs intern to be among the most valuable learning opportunities. I am grateful for the skills I learned, which included leadership, listening, teamwork, accountability, and many… [Read More]
I am from Korla, Xinjiang, China and graduated from Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, Kansas. I am currently majoring in International Economics and Finance with a minor in Leadership Studies. After joining the Office of Public Affairs intern team my sophomore year, I have assisted with campus event planning, handled various office management tasks, and… [Read More]
I am a transfer student at Austin College majoring in English, minoring in Political Science, and graduate in May of 2018! My internship on the Media Team in the Public Affairs Office has been such a rewarding experience, not only because of the technical skills I’ve learned with our camera equipment, but also the leadership and organizational… [Read More]
I will graduate from Austin College in May 2018 with a double major in Business Finance & International Relations, and I am planning to attend law school afterwards. Among all the experiences I have had at Austin College, I consider my internship with the Office of Public Affairs the most valuable learning experience. I have… [Read More]
Hello! I am a Biology major and Philosophy minor who has definitely gotten a lot out of my Austin College education. One of the defining factors in my education has been my involvement in different extracurricular activities; my involvement as a Public Affairs Intern is no exception. Through this true learning experience, I feel prepared… [Read More]
I am an Art major, Media Studies minor from Georgetown, Texas. I spent my senior year as a member of the video team for the Public Affairs Office, where I gained additional experience in filming and video editing. This internship helped me greatly improve my video editing skills, and gave me an idea of what… [Read More]
I am a Communication and Business Finance double major. This last semester, I was so happy to be accepted as an intern at Austin College’s Public Affairs office. Working as an intern, I have been able to enhance my strengths and interests, and improve on my weaknesses. After every project, I constantly learn something new… [Read More]
Working on the Public Affairs team allowed me to grow as a creator. Through filmmaking and editing, I collaborated on a diverse range of projects and improved both in ability and confidence. As a Media Studies major and Art and English minor, I built upon prior knowledge while developing new skills. The culture of teamwork… [Read More]
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- 2017 MLK Celebration