Mike Wilk

Volunteer Experience

  • 2008 BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, Indianapolis, Indiana Communications Volunteer, March 2008
  • FORD SENIOR PLAYERS TOURNAMENT, TPC of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan Media Center Volunteer, July 2002-July 2005

Summary

Always willing to take on new and exciting challenges, I have jumped at numerous opportunities to expand my horizons and make significant contributions in school, work and life in general.My desire to gain experience while constantly learning and growing led me to seek internships in various fields throughout college. From these aspirations, I acquired valuable knowledge about media relations and event production in the sports world, managing nonprofit groups, and the inner operations of state government.I am seeking an opportunity that will allow me to utilize the public relations, communications and writing skills that I have gained and also give me the chance to further develop them. As a hard worker and eager learner, I have no doubt that I can succeed in any situation and livelihood presented to me. Please feel free to take look at my portfolio to check out my resume and the various projects I have completed in in the past couple of years.Thank you for your time and interest in my portfolio.

Clips and Previous Work

Education

Education
Aug 2003 - May 2008

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism

Michigan State University

Specialization in Public Relations

          -Specialization in Public Relations

-GPA, 3.5/4.0(Dean’s List – 6/8 semesters)

Work History

Work History
Oct 2009 - Present

Assistant Guest Service Manager

Busch's Valu Land

Supervised 45 front end employees, managing shifts, breaks and prioritizing store functions. Successfully communicated company objectives and goals to achieve desired customer service standards and effectively promote special deals, charitable partnerships and other programs.

-Reduced expenditures on supplies, inventory and scheduling during nonpeak hours

-Increased sales by roughly 20 percent on products and seasonal items sold in guest services area

-Established initiatives to improve efficiency and overall guest service experience

Jan 2010 - Present

Freelance Public Relations and Special Projects Coordinator

inerTRAIN

Developed and instituted public relations plan for startup company, exploring various new media practices, including social networking, blogging and search engine optimization.

-Created promotional and informational documents for investors and potential clients

-Edited training and orientation manual for new employees

-Recognized and pinpointed key messages to target desired audiences

Jul 2008 - Oct 2008

Media Relations Graduate Assistant

Detroit Lions, Inc.

Selected as a Media Relations Graduate Assistant to interact with working media, players, coaches and other officials within the organization. Employed interviewing and writing skills to develop feature articles for Pride, the Detroit Lions official magazine.

-Utilized research and writing abilities to compile statistics for past and current players for bios, media guides and other informational documents

-Created flip cards, Q&A's, and injury reports to distribute to media during events

-Communicated with fellow team members to construct central messages and deliver updates in a timely fashion

Jan 2008 - May 2008

Local First Intern

Capital Area Local First

Chosen to assist in the planning and execution of events for a nonprofit organization and communicate with media and organization members to ensure central themes and information were being delivered. Served as key point of contact for Board members and business members alike.

-Created brochures, releases and other items to market CALF and gain community support

-Aided legal proceedings to help organization achieve non-profit status

Aug 2007 - May 2008

Student Assistant

Michigan State Sports Information Dept.

Worked various sporting events, providing assistance and information to attending media members. Assisted visiting broadcasters such as ESPN, Big Ten Network and Comcast with stats and timekeeping duties.

-Created material and compiled research for media guides and sports programs

-Gathered and recorded statistics, quotes and other information at athletic events

Jun 2007 - Aug 2007

Communications Intern

Office of Governor Jennifer M. Granholm

Assisted the Governor's Communications Division in planning for press conferences, media availabilities and other public appearances. Helped organize events such as the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk. Developed talking points and statements used by the Governor in print, radio and Web formats.

-Wrote press releases and media advisories for Governor’s events and announcements

-Interacted and corresponded with constituents and members of the media

-Updated and maintained media lists, speeches, press releases and other office files