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The Pursuit for Real-World Experience

November 20, 2017

Many students understand how important internships are in helping them gain industry experience and network with potential employers, but they can be hard to secure. Quotes, the PR club at UCF, the UCF Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, Ad Club UCF and the Radio Television Digital Association (RTDNA) combat this by hosting Intern Pursuit, a biannual internship fair exclusively for communication students at UCF.

Both Intern Pursuit events were held Oct. 19 in the Pegasus Ballroom. The events allow students to bring their résumés and business cards to employers who are looking for interns. More than 50 employers attend the event and students are able to network directly on campus.

Rick Brunson, who is an associate instructor of journalism, does all he can to prepare students for internships, including preparation before speaking to any employer.

“Eighty percent of the internships our journalism students land happen through this event,” said Brunson, who is also the faculty advisor for the UCF chapter of RTDNA. “We hold resume workshops ahead of the event. We fully prepare our students to go to these events, get interviewed and land internships.”

Thalia Torres, a senior broadcast major, is proof that NSC students are ready to handle themselves in interviews and show they have the skills to earn an internship.

“I’m looking forward to pursuing an internship and get into a little bit of everything,” said Torres, who plans to graduate in fall 2018. “I was fully prepared to go to this event. I spent a lot of time researching these companies and getting their information. I was able to get my resume and business cards critiqued beforehand so that today was all about really engaging with these employers.”

Alyssa Harrell, a junior at UCF, serves as director of events for Quotes. She emphasizes how beneficial Intern Pursuit can be for any student.

“There are always so many great employers there looking to help students gain real world experience,” said Harrell, who is studying advertising and public relations. “Everyone on Quotes’ executive board has gotten at least one internship through Intern Pursuit.”

Additionally, Quotes and Ad Club partner on hosting events to prepare students for the event.

“Every semester, we join with Ad Club to prepare students for Intern Pursuit,” said Harrell. “The week before the event, Ad Club hosts ‘How to Create a Rockin’ Résumé’ and Quotes hosts ‘Intern Pursuit Boot Camp.’ We have a panel of professionals or a guest speaker give students their thoughts on the do’s and don’ts of Intern Pursuit. This is always a great opportunity for students to ask employers questions and become even more prepared. We feel the more interaction with professionals students have, the more comfortable they feel speaking with employers at Intern Pursuit.”

Quotes is the public relations student club at the University of Central Florida. As one of the largest student chapters of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), Quotes’ main goal is to cultivate future industry professionals who will thrive in the field of communication.

The UCF chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is a club on campus dedicated to training and mentoring future media professionals. SPJ the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization and UCF’s chapter is one of 300 across the United States.