Affton School District

Student Intern at Affton School District – Fall 2013

Emily Fry, BA [MAJOR] '14

When applying, what did you do to prepare and set yourself apart from other candidates?

When I was looking for internships, I only applied to a few organizations that I knew I'd be excited to be a part of.  I think this gave me a natural enthusiasm, along with my excitement for PR in general, that really came through in my applications and interviews.Emily Fry at Affton School District

What were your main responsibilities as an intern?

My responsibilities at Affton School District were different each day.  Since the community relations department is so small, I had to be a generalist.  My jobs varied from writing for press releases and the website to taking pictures at events to creating content for social media.

When applying, what did you do to prepare and set yourself apart from other candidates?

When I was looking for internships, I only applied to a few organizations that I knew I'd be excited to be a part of.  I think this gave me a natural enthusiasm, along with my excitement for PR in general, that really came through in my applications and interviews.

What were your main responsibilities as an intern?

My responsibilities at Affton School District were different each day.  Since the community relations department is so small, I had to be a generalist.  My jobs varied from writing for press releases and the website to taking pictures at events to creating content for social media.

What was the most valuable new skill you learned at your internship?

The most valuable skill I had to practice was generating content.  In classes, you're given a story or you have to make something up to write a press release.  However, in practice, things are happening all the time that have to be discovered in order to be used for a press release, web story, or social media post.  Sometimes someone will call or send an email to let us know what is going on, but most times it is up to us to seek out the stories ourselves.  

What has been your greatest success?

My greatest success and biggest challenge was helping to redesign The Channel, Affton School District's newsletter.  It was probably the most complicated project I have ever worked on because of how many skills it involved.  I had to make the layout in InDesign, take and edit photos, help make decisions about the placement of each story, write a few of the stories, and work with printers to determine color selections.  You can check out the final product here:  http://afftonschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/13Channel-Fall-FINAL.pdf

In five or fewer words, describe the work environment at Affton School District.

Inspiring.  Relaxed.  Fun.  Supportive.  Innovative.

 

 

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