I possess the following qualities that I believe allow me to contribute to the Media intern program:
Demonstrated creative problem solving skills:
Working for Match Marketing Group as their La Croix campus ambassador, I focused on engaging with and expanding their consumer base. I consistently developed new, creative ways to capture interest, particularly through social media and in-person interaction with consumers. Additionally, at Notre Dame I am involved in Students International Business Council, working on projects in the marketing and consulting divisions. While the prompts for these projects have varied from expanding a video streaming service for Lionsgate to creating a study abroad program in Lebanon, both taught me valuable methods of efficiently and creatively solving real-life problems, stressing research-based analysis. Thanks to this, I have expanded knowledge of databases such as Mintel, IBISWorld, and PsychInfo.
Efficient and clear interpersonal communication:
As a host at McCormick’s Pub and Restaurant in Wayzata, I learned so much more than the best way to bring guests to their tables. As typically the sole front-of-house staff member of a busy lakeside restaurant, communicating positively and effectively between all staff and the customers must become the smooth, clear connection linking each level of operation. I must explain issues under pressure and do damage control without upsetting either party. At Notre Dame, I am studying journalism and contributing to the design team on the Scholastic Magazine, both requiring me to use written words to clearly communicate necessary aspects of the story, appealing to and enticing readers.
Established leadership and organizational abilities:
During my time at Notre Dame, I have demonstrated leadership in my class and hall, acting on sophomore class council (SCC) and through Howard Hall starting as the social commissioner, progressing to treasurer, and next year, I will be Vice President before going abroad in the spring. Within these roles, I have lead and organized projects such as our hall’s signature charity events and SCC social events, designing advertisements and managing planning behind the operations of each. As treasurer of Howard this past year, organizational skills have become key in my planning, designation, and minding of the budget, additionally completing receipt reimbursements and energizing commissioners to program on budget.
An engagement with and passion for digital media:
While I am just beginning my career, I've been passionate about all things digital since I learned how to Internet. I'm active on social media, take and edit as many photos of interesting things as I can, and do the best I can to stay informed as possible on emerging technologies, forms of media, and the news in general. My favorite websites to read are Wired, Fivethirtyeight, Fast Company, Vulture, the Ringer, and the New York Times––I feel uncomfortable if I feel out of this loop I've established for myself. The multimedia journalism course I am taking this semester has taught me valuable tools, both internal and external, to more accurately and efficiently acquire sources and connect with an audience, with some of the external being Google Trends and Analytics, Ban.jo, Storify, and Twitter Analytics.