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Student Profile: Sheila Haskins

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AD/PR major discovers valuable internships in Springfield

Determined to explore careers in communication, Sheila Haskins completed three internships prior to the start of her senior year. And she did not have to leave town to do it.

Sheila, an advertising and public relations major, has shared her talents with The Mercy Health Foundation, The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Ozark Branch of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Each experience allowed her to sharpen her communication skills and network with area professionals.

With a keen interest in event planning, Sheila seized the opportunity to help plan the 2012 Bike MS event. She quickly learned that interns and staff at nonprofit organizations are responsible for a wide variety of tasks, both big and small. Sheila worked with the media, wrote news releases, and helped organize a storage closet containing event materials. Her experiences on this internship led her to conclude that “event planning is so much more than making sure the balloons match the tablecloths – problem-solving abilities are essential.” What was the biggest reward for Sheila?

“I put my heart and soul into the Bike MS event and seeing it come full circle was extremely rewarding.”

Now in her senior year, Sheila has become editor-in-chief of The Mirror, Drury’s student newspaper. In this position she leads a staff of 20 students through the process of producing a weekly publication. Want to grab her attention on Twitter? Post a story idea using #MirrorBuzz.

Alumni, do you welcome interns at your organization? If so, send us an email:  DruryCommDept@drury.edu. Our students travel far and wide for great opportunities, so keep us posted on any openings in your network.

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