Professional Summary

Strategic communications professional with a firm grasp of corporate messaging and branding. Possesses a strong work ethic, as well as exceptional writing, editing and research skills. Experienced in media relations and special events coordination. Deadline-driven and highly motivated. Takes pride in work and pleasing clients and employers.

I am a junior at James Madison University. I am majoring in writing, rhetoric and technical communication and minoring in educational media. I am currently seeking a full-time paid/unpaid internship in the communications and/or publishing field in the Washington, DC metro area for summer 2015.

Work History

Work History
Mar 2015 - Present


The Bluestone, James Madison University Yearbook

James Madison University's oldest publication on campus. The Bluestone is a 300+ pages, magazine-style yearbook.

-Execute managerial and administrative duties.
-Supervised the work of full staff and editorial board.
-Defined clear targets and objectives and communicated them to all team members.
-Edited all written content for AP Style during deadline weekends.
-Wrote, took photos and designed pages for book.
-Planned, managed and executed events.
-Work with publishers and outside vendors to ensure a well-made book.
-Researched and developed the theme, design and coverage.

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

Managing Editor 

The Bluestone, James Madison University Yearbook

-Assisted editor-in-chief in managerial and administrative duties.
-Supervised the work of over twenty staff members, offering constructive feedback on their work performance.
-Defined clear targets and objectives and communicated them to other team members.
-Collected all sports photos and statistics.
-Researched, developed and pitched stories that reflected the unique sensibilities of The Bluestone.
-Edited written content for AP Style during deadline weekends.
-Wrote stories, took photos, and designed pages for 300+ page yearbook.

Aug 2014 - Dec 2014

Student Marketing Director

Shenandoah Living Archive, JMU Student-Directed Project

During the 2014 fall semester, I took the Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication course called Digital Rhetoric. Through this course, my classmates and I began the student-directed project called "The Shenandoah Living Archive." The experimental digital archive is designed to encourage JMU students, faculty, and members of the local community to document life in the Shenandoah Valley. The project is a JMU Libraries & Educational Technologies initiative that is designed to include interactive exhibits of born-digital items such as oral histories, video, and geospatial projects as well as physical materials such as flyers, pamphlets, and diaries.

As the student marketing director, I completed the following tasks:

-Planning and executed the prototype reveal event.

-Created promotional flyers, invitations, banners, posters.

-Wrote and edited press releases and contacted all media outlets in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

May 2014 - Aug 2014

Editorial and Marketing Communications Intern

Coastal Style magazine

-Research, write, edit, copy-edit and proofread text intended for print or on its companion website.
-Interact/communicate with advertising clients as well as members of the community in person, by phone and by email for the purposes of conducting interviews, exchanging necessary information and/or aiding with logistical planning.
-Accompany senior magazine staff on appointments for the purposes of seeing what they do first hand and aiding them in the discharge of those responsibilities. This includes interviews, photo shoots, appointments with prospective and/or existing advertising clients at the discretion of the publisher.
-Develop content and themes for pitching, executing and writing stories.
-Monitor social media websites and perform such tasks as determined and deemed necessary by the publisher and/or editor-in-chief to keep the website up-to-date and effective.
-Create and or update and/or maintain lists and databases using such software programs as Microsoft Word, Excel and possibly others.
-Have available two to three days and/or late-nights every two months for the purposes of helping the editor-in-chief and associate editor close the magazine's pending issue, prior to final submission of digital files to the printer.
-Aid publisher with tasks and responsibilities associated with the annual Best Of Issue.

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

Communications Intern

Frederick County Sheriff's Offie

-Wrote and edited articles, press releases, web content, advertising copy, periodicals and publications for internal and external audiences.
-Edited and updated social media and government websites.
-Developed innovative marketing and public relations strategies.
-Interviewed law enforcement personnel for press releases and articles.
-Planned and supervised an open house and memorial service.
-Completed clerical work for other law enforcement departments and worked with various law enforcement and media personnel.
-Created messages, position statements and other corporate communications based on the Frederick County Sheriff Office objectives.



Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication and Educational Media, Bachelor of Arts

James Madison University

Exp. Graduation: May 2016



Web Content Management

WordPress, Weebly, Wix, SquareSpace, CarbonMade

Technical Editing

Experience in AP Style

Marketing Communications

Technical Writing

Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube,