Summary

I am a 21-year-old student at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I am a Mass Communications major with an emphasis in journalism. My minor is English, with an emphasis on creative writing. I am set to graduate in May of 2011.

I feel I have developed a strong writing style through both classes and writing for the MSU student newspaper, The Reporter.  I am ready to step into the real world and hope to find a journalism internship at a publication based in the Twin Cities area.

Objective

To obtain a spring or summer internship in the field of public relations, journalism or broadcasting in the Greater Mankato area or the Twin Cities.

Education

Education
Aug 2007 - Present

Bachelor of Arts

Minnesota State University, Mankato

I have attended Minnesota State University, Mankato since the fall of 2007. While at MSU I have maintained a 3.84 GPA and have been named to the Dean's List each semester.

In the spring of 2010, I was awarded the Mass Communication Department's award for outstanding junior achievment.

I expect to graduate May 2011.

  • Major: Mass Communications, Journalism emphasis
  • Minor: English, Creative Writing emphasis
  • Related Course Work: Media Writing I and II, Media Ethics and Criticism, Magazine Article Writing,

            Photojournalism, History of Mass Communications, Multimedia Writing, Mass Communications Law,

            Fundamental Speech Communication and Writing and Speaking for Broadcast

Work History

Work History
Jun 2005 - Present

Assistant Manager

Valley West Do it Best Hardware

Valley West Do it Best Hardware is a full-service hardware store, specializing in home improvement and power equipment. The store is a certified Toro, Stihl and Weber dealer.

  • Supervised up to six staff members per shift
  • Trained new staff members
  • Responsible for closing the store at the end of each shift
  • Delegated daily duties to staff members
  • Effectively handled customer complaints through problem solving and open communication
  • Served customers efficiently and effectively
Sep 2010 - Present

Staff Writer

THE MSU REPORTER

The Reporter is the student newspaper at Minnesota State University, Mankato. It is a biweekly paper. Issues come out each Tuesday and Thursday in both print and online format.

  • Wrote informational news stories on a variety of topics, including politics, crime, health, business, university issues and student organizations
  • Sought out, contacted and interviewed sources for news stories
  • Wrote under biweekly deadlines
  • Wrote within AP Style guidelines
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010

Recording Secretary/Voting Member

Minnesota State University, Mankato Newspaper Board

The MSU Newspaper board is a committee designed to debate and revise the bylaws and guidelines of the Minnesota State University, Mankato student newspaper, The MSU Reporter.

  • Member of board designed to revise student paper guidelines and bylaws
  • Debated and contributed to revisions of student paper guidelines and bylaws
  • Interviewed and voted for incoming editor-in-chief of The MSU Reporter
  • Recorded minutes of monthly Newspaper Board meetings and distributed copies to board members 
Oct 2008 - May 2009

Plumbing Sales Associate

Menards

Menards is a nationwide chain of hardware stores. Each Menards offers a wide range of products, including plumbing, lumber and electrical supplies for commercial and residential construction.

  • Provided efficient and effective customer service
  • Maintained and stocked products within plumbing department
  • Sold bathtubs, toilets, showers and other plumbing accessories

Skills

Skills

Foreign Langauge

Completed sequence of Elementary Spanish Classes at Minnesota State University, Mankato   Completed two full years of Spanish at Thomas Jefferson High School   Knowledge of vocabulary and conversational Spanish

Computer Experience

Proficient in Microsoft Office and PowerPoint   Experience with Adobe Photoshop   Experience with iMovie video editor and Audacity audio editor   Experience in creating slide shows with Soundslides software   Proficient in social networking applications such as Twitter and Facebook   Experience with online media such as wordpress blogs and RSS feeds

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