April 3, 2017
Students in the Nicholson School of Communication understand how important internships are in helping them gain industry experience and networking with potential employers. Internships can also be difficult to find, making students nervous that they will land the position needed for graduation. Quotes, the PR club at UCF, the UCF Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, Ad Club UCF and the Radio-Television Digital News Association combat this by hosting Intern Pursuit, a biannual internship fair exclusively for communication students at UCF.
Alyssa Harrell, director of events for Quotes, stressed how beneficial the event can be.
“This is our main event – it’s pretty much what we’re all about,” Harrell said. “Internships are where students get all their experience and it’s also great for networking.”
Intern Pursuit, with events held specifically for journalism students and another that caters to advertising and public relations, is held every fall and spring semester. The most recent was held March 20 in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. Journalism Intern Pursuit started at 9 a.m., while advertising and public relations Intern Pursuit began at 6 p.m. that evening. Altogether, students had the chance to speak with over 80 employers seeking to recruit interns.
Harrell explained that employers benefit from the event just as much as students do.
“A lot of employers have actually gotten their previous experience from past Intern Pursuits. They love the experience so much,” Harrell said. “A lot of companies do reach out to us or they hear about the event from other colleagues and professionals. We also do a lot of social media promotion for the event.”
Students were advised to dress in business attire and to bring a portfolio and résumé. During advertising and public relations Intern Pursuit, Quotes and Ad Club members received early admission to the event at 6 p.m. Other students went in at 6:30 p.m.
There was a great mix of new and familiar faces at Intern Pursuit. Shacara Boles, a junior studying human communication, said that it was her first internship fair and that she was nervous.
“I’ve never experienced anything like this. It’s very different from a career fair,” Boles said. “I really want to get the interning experience and gain knowledge for future employment.”
The experiences that students can get from interning is widely known. Harry Sayer, a senior journalism student who assisted in Journalism Intern Pursuit, said he was happy to see so many students attend both events.
“It’s consistently inspiring to see such enthusiasm from NSC students and faculty alike during Intern Pursuit,” Sayer said. “Internships serve a vital role for students and provide such an invaluable workplace experience. It can even lead to a full-time position down the road.”