Photo 4I am a public relations student at the University of Oregon preparing to graduate in March of 2010. I have enjoyed learning valuable information regarding the public relations field through my classes and professors. I have interned in the past for two non-profit organizations. I first interned for the Lane Arts Council in June 2008. Lane Arts Council is a non-profit organization specializing in supporting artists and art throughout Eugene, Springfield and central Lane County, Oregon. As an intern I was responsible for assisting in many events, including the Watershed event, which helped recognize the development of an economically friendly building. The event also recognized the donors to the Lane Arts program, local artists involved in the program and the community. My role as an intern was to also assist in the First Friday Artwalks, an event held every first Friday of the month where community members were able to visit and become familiar with local art venues and local artists.

After interning for about seven months with the Lane Arts Council, I started searching for an internship and came upon the American Cancer Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. As the media intern for the American Cancer Society I was in charge of media relations and social networking for the organization. I assisted in the MIKE-E and Afroflow tour benefit concert. The event helped to raise awareness by educating students about the harmful causes of tobacco use. As an intern I also produced news releases, PSAs, letter to editors, and media advisories regarding the Relay for Life of Eugene/Springfield.

Being surrounded by cancer survivors and individuals motivated in the fight against cancer helped me to realize the importance of persevering. I gained valuable PR experience and met several inspirational individuals.

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