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Internships: The Difference Maker

Noah Mayhew Noah Mayhew graduated in May 2014 with a major in public relations and plenty of on-the-job experience.  “If you want to be taken seriously by potential employers, I’m finding the internships on my resume are helping to differentiate me from other job seekers,” said  Mayhew who completed three internships during his time at UT, two during his junior year and one during his last semester with Ackermann PR in Knoxville.

 “At Ackermann I wrote press releases, news items and did other client work gaining real world experience,” said Mayhew.  “The practical experience helped me take what I learned in the classroom and translate it to a real world setting. It also helped me begin to make the transition from being a student to a working professional.” (Photo on the left shows Mayhew holding his birth announcement from 1992 that reads in part, “…proud to announce the arrival of the newest Tennessee Volunteer ‘Class of 2014’…”)

“We are very grateful to CCI graduates and supporters who give back in the form of internships,” said AdvPR Associate Professor Lisa Fall.  “It is a very special kind of gift to our students and provides a level of support that is absolutely critical to their education.”

Here is a partial list of the 2014 spring and summer internships throughout the college:

Advertising and Public Relations

Julia Mangin – Moxley Charmichael, Knoxville, TN

Steele Gamble, Noah Mayhew, Kristen Watt – Ackermann PR, Knoxville, TN

Claudette Sariya – Rent the Runway, Knoxville, TN 

Jesse Klapperich – Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Sevierville, TN

Will Fowler, Town of Farragut and Dogwood Arts, Knoxville, TN

Kimberly Brown – Casa de Sara and The Great Llama Race (SRW & Associates – Public Affairs firm for the race), Knoxville, TN

Deborah Huddleston – Alcoa Tennessee Operations, Alcoa, TN

Kellie Wilson – Visit Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

Alison Burg – Helen Ross McNabb Center, Knoxville, TN

Catherine Willis – Knoxville Ice Bears, Knoxville, TN

Joey Hathaway, Alex Hunt, Brandon Parkison, Natasha Zalewski, Michelle Hatcher, Chris Koloup – Y&R, New York, NY


Communication Studies – Summer

Savanna Howie – Moxley Carmichael, Knoxville, TN

Cassidie Cierra Burdick – Good Morning America, New York, NY

Chase Ladd – J. Crew, New York, NY

Trevor Lane – Scripps Networks Interactive, Knoxville, TN

Derek McClardy – North Atlanta Church of Christ, Atlanta, GA

Chelsea McGhee – Tombras Group, Knoxville, TN

Emily Redmond – CRU (formally known as Campus Crusade for Christ) Non-Profit religious organization, Lund, Sweden

Carolyn Sanders – Nashville Event Space, Nashville, TN


Journalism and Electronic Media

Maggie Solomon – Scripps Howard Intern at CNN, Atlanta, GA

Kelsey Keny – Scripps Howard Intern at Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, TN

Rilwan Balogun – NBC Today Show, New York, NY

Malorie Cunningham – CBS, On the Road with Steve Hartman, New York, NY

Marissa Steinberg – Viacom, Los Angeles, CA

Sharonica Jones – CNN Sports, Atlanta, GA

Chad Morris – Scripps Networks Interactive, Knoxville, TN

Jake Smith – Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte, NC

Paxton Elrod – WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN

Tory Brown – WHBQ-TV, Memphis, TN

Abby Knight – WBIR-TV, Knoxville, TN

Annie Carr – WJHL-TV, Johnson City, TN


School of Information Sciences

Amy Ballard – Stetson University Law Library, Tampa, FL

Beverly Boyko – National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA

Matt Thompson – Mariner’s Museum at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

John Parker – Enterprise Library, Las Vegas, NV

Tanner Jessel – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN

Heather Singley – George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Virtual assignment

Eli Fisher – Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN