Winter kick-off meeting tomorrow!

Come to EMU PRSSA’s winter kick-off meeting tomorrow, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in SC 304. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about what PRSSA has to offer! We hope to see you there!

 

Volunteer with EMU PRSSA! Food Gatherers

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If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, join EMU PRSSA when we volunteer at Food Gatherers on Friday, January 27. A carpool will be available at the Student Center at 8:15 a.m. Please sign up with our Eventbrite.

The role of Facebook during times of crisis

By: Andrea Mellendorf

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We all know (and love) social media for the ways in which it enables us to connect instantaneously with the world around us, gather news, and keep in touch with our loved ones all over the world. During times of tragedy and crisis, we turn to social media for these things with a very different sense of urgency. When tragedy strikes, you may find yourself on Twitter, looking for quick updates from friends or family, on Facebook looking for Facebook Live feeds, or elsewhere looking for news updates. One of my personal favorites, and arguably the most valuable features available on social media during times of crisis is Facebook Safety Check, the feature that enables people to mark themselves as safe on their Facebook page.

A few weeks back, when I first heard that violence had hit the Ohio State University campus, I immediately thought of two acquaintances I have who live on or near the campus. I looked on their Facebook’s to see if there were updates from them. Nothing. I kept waiting. It wasn’t that long before I received a push notification on my phone that one of them had marked themselves as safe through Facebook’s feature. Relief. Soon, the second person who was on my mind did the same thing.

I had a similar experience during the terror attacks in Paris a little over a year ago. At almost the same time I first learned about the attacks, a high school classmate stationed in the area marked themselves as safe.

The fact of the matter is that we live in a world where tragedy happens—and happens when we least expect it. Facebook’s “safe” feature allows for quick communication and an effective way of letting your entire friends list of people who love and care about you let you know that they are OK. Although we all hope we never need to use it, the feature is a smart edition to the social media platform.

We use social media to stay as up to date as possible about people, news and trends. With Facebook’s safety features, we are able to keep up with the well-being of our loved ones through just one click on their end and a push notification on ours. This feature is just one example of the many ways in which social media enhances our communication and provides benefits that go far beyond memes and silly videos.

So thank you, Facebook. Thank you for giving people an efficient way of letting hundreds of worried people know they are OK all at once. Thank you for thinking of your stakeholders and what may benefit them in times of crisis, and thinking beyond the photo sharing and memes that we typically use Facebook for. Thank you.

Andrea Mellendorf is a senior and serves as the Chapter President for EMU PRSSA. She previously has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Special Events and Programs for EMU PRSSA, and as an intern for the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Andrea currently is the Social Media Operator for The Honors College where she manages their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and for the College of Arts and Sciences, where she manages their Facebook and Twitter. Connect with Andrea on Twitter – @AndreaMell!

Winter kick-off meeting Jan. 17!

Come to EMU PRSSA’s winter kick-off meeting Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in SC 304. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about what PRSSA has to offer!

See you there!

5 things I learned from my PR internship

By: Jordan Ross

This past semester, I was grateful for the opportunity to undertake my first public relations internship. Now that the semester has wrapped up and things have finally started to slow down a bit, I’ve had the chance to think about all the things I’ve learned throughout these past four months. After narrowing my list down, I was able to come up with five of the most important things I learned from my internship that could prove beneficial for others as they partake in their own internships in the future.

Utilize the people around you.

When I first started my internship, I wasn’t exactly sure who I’d be working with, or if I’d even be working with anyone at all. On my first day, my fears were calmed as I had at least one person I knew that I’d be able to confide in. I had already known this person before I started my internship from working together at another job, so we already had a sense for each other and how we worked, which helped me feel more comfortable moving forward in the internship.

As I continued to move forward, I got to know a lot more people along the way. Many of those people I never expected to talk to, let alone get to know so well. You never know who will cross your path in life and help you accomplish your goals. No matter how intimidating someone may seem, most people who are around you want to see you succeed. The people you work with every day can be used as tools to help you learn, you just have to be willing to take advantage of using those tools.

Be open to trying new things.

Most of the time, people don’t like to do things that are new to them because they aren’t used to it. When you aren’t used to something, it isn’t very comfortable. It’s why a lot of people get into certain routines and don’t get out of them. Comfort doesn’t always come right away. If you’re willing to give something a chance, then the outcome may be better than you expected.

By the time someone is ready for an  internship position, they’ve probably had their share of life experiences. When starting a new position, you don’t want to forget all that you’ve learned in the past, but a new internship is a new experience, and you may learn some new best practices that you can incorporate into your life. As I progressed in my internship, there were times when I was asked to do something that I was unfamiliar with, but I gave it a shot. Now, I can add those things to my own toolkit in life and take them with me to future jobs.

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Stay up to date with things happening daily.

In this world, things can change at any given moment. People have their own opinions about things that are going on in the world they live in, and social media is increasingly becoming the outlet that people use to express their views.

While social media may seem overwhelming to keep up with at times, it can also be really  fun. The immediacy of social media allows you to obtain quick information right as it’s happening, and in a way it allows you to be wherever the news is, even if you’re not there. The more you know about what is happening in the world, the easier it is to provide timely and relevant information to your audience. Being relevant really does a lot to help engage and build the relationship with your audience, which should be one of the main goals of a business’s social media efforts.

Take feedback and don’t be afraid to give it.

Everybody wants to do the best they can when they are trusted with a given task. Whether it be your job, classwork, or life in general, people typically want to succeed because it feels good to know that people are happy with your performance. The way you know whether you’re doing a good job is by receiving feedback from those you work with. Now, don’t get me wrong, depending on whether the feedback is good or bad, sometimes receiving that feedback can feel better than other times. Regardless of the type of feedback you receive, it’s essential to growing as a person and improving your strengths and weaknesses.

While it’s beneficial to receive feedback to help you progress in life, it’s also good to do the same for others. If you have good intentions and are providing productive feedback to others, then you shouldn’t worry as much. I’ve found that people find it refreshing to hear another person’s point of view, however, you never want to bash anyone. If you can help someone by providing them with productive feedback, it can go a long way.

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Remember to have fun!

Being an intern is a lot of hard work, but no matter what, remembering to have fun is one of, if not the most important thing you can do. Throughout my internship, I worked hard and learned a lot from my team, and in the process, I had fun doing it. All of that combined will make for an experience I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

Jordan Ross is a senior at Eastern Michigan University majoring in public relations and minoring in communications. Jordan is in his first semester serving as the Vice President of Professional Development for EMU’s Eleanor Wright Chapter of PRSSA. Jordan is also a member of EMU’s Honors College and serves as the President of the EMU Student Center Student Employee Advisory Committee. You can find Jordan on Twitter @_JJRoss.

Internship alert! Internships with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is currently seeking interns for the winter and spring 2017 semesters. Read below for more information:

Interested in learning more about the inner-workings of a Congressional District office? Want to gain hands-on political and constituent services experience which working for a Member of Congress that fights every day for issues like protecting women’s rights, the environment, and standing up for working families?

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is seeking interns for the Winter/Spring 2017 Semester. Interns play a critical role in our team to help us manage the day to day workings of a Congressional Office. Fill out this form to find out more about our opportunities and how to apply!

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents Michigan’s 12th Congressional District. In Washtenaw County, she serves the cities of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and the townships of, Pittsfield, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Superior, and parts of Scio Township. In Wayne County, she serves Sumpter and Van Buren Townships, Belleville, Dearborn, parts of Dearborn Heights, and the Downriver communities.

Term: We are looking for interns to start in the Winter/Spring Semester 2017

Hours: We ask that interns work a minimum of 10-20 hours a week in our office

What we’re looking for in applicants:

  • Passionate about local, state, and federal government issues and interest in learning how Congress works
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills

Responsibilities will include:

  • Interact directly with constituents to guide and support them through various concerns on political issues, or navigating the federal government
  • Day to day office work such as answering phones, writing letters to constituents, and keeping office systems in order
  • Assist staff members with event planning and management
  • Assist various staff members with federal agency casework
  • Attend community events as a member of our team
  • Record, track, and respond to constituent concerns on various political issues

Fill out this form to hear more from one of our staff about internship opportunities and how to apply.

Please direct any questions to Callie Bruley callie.bruley@mail.house.gov

Internship alert! The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is seeking a summer intern for the communications department. Check out the link below for more information:

http://kresge.org/communications-summer-internship