Office of Public Affairs

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!

Media Relations

...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.

Event Planning

...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.

Communications

...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.

Marketing

...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.

Video & Media Production

...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.

Project Management

...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

Matthew Donovan

I am from Mansfield, Texas. In May of 2017 I will receive my bachelor’s degree with majors in Finance and Political Science. Since joining the Office of Public Affairs in my sophomore year, I have assisted the college with its marketing projects, event-data management, and media relations to further my data management, communication, and writing… [Read More]

Mike Sinclair

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.

Lacyn Hill

I graduated from Frisco Centennial High School in 2013. After joining the Public Affairs team in my sophomore year, I have handled various tasks including office management, event planning, and media relations. In 2017 I will graduate from Austin College with a major in Finance and a minor in Political Science.

David C. Trevino III

My Public Affairs internship at Austin College allowed me to improve and explore different types of writing, but more importantly, it taught me to be creative. Working in the public sector requires that one be creative for many reasons- financial, educational, etc. My time working as a “Lynn-tern” was one of the best decisions I… [Read More]

Cassi Tullier

I graduated from Carnegie Vanguard High School in Houston. I am a Psychology and Communication double major interested in developing a career in the non-profit sector after graduation and the completion of a master’s degree. I have worked with the Public Affairs Office since my sophomore year and have loved getting hands-on experience planning and… [Read More]

Gaby Margocs

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]

Christina Hernandez

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]

Elizabeth Gonzalez

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]

Nate Essin

As a local from Sherman, I will graduate Austin College with a major in International Economics & Finance and a minor in Chinese.  With several years of experience in video, I work as a videographer in the Office of Public Affairs, and feel lucky to be able to follow my passions as an undergraduate.  Currently, I have… [Read More]

Andrew McMillan

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]

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Media Contact

Lynn Womble
Director of Public Affairs

903.813.2891 (office)
214.450.3317 (mobile and text)
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