By: Katie Rush

Even though it seems like the summer weather wants to stick around a little longer, fall semester has officially and finally begun.  My name is Katie Rush and I am a senior at Kent State University. In addition to being extremely excited for graduation in roughly 100 days (who’s counting?), I’m also thrilled to be a part of the AKHIA team as the fall account services intern for the semester.

Consistently hearing from my peers about the benefits of interning throughout college, I realized late last year I wanted to gain more opportunities during my years as a college student by interning at more than one company. In December, after accepting an internship at Destination Cleveland, the CVB for Cuyahoga County, I reduced my credit hours for the upcoming spring semester. Although I knew this decision would push my graduation date to the following December, I had a gut feeling the experience I would gain from interning would make graduation worth the wait.

After my amazing experience working in the non-profit sector of public relations, I had hoped for an opportunity to intern at an agency during my last semester. I knew many Kent students and graduates had interned at AKHIA and gained invaluable experience and knowledge, so when offered the position of account services intern, I eagerly jumped at the opportunity.

Throughout my time at AKHIA, I hope to learn about the details and logistics of creating and maintaining client relationships, while getting the chance to work directly with the media as a PR professional. The consistent moving parts and fast-paced energy are AKHIA qualities I know I can adapt to, and even thrive on in the beginning of my career. Knowing how quickly my time as an undergraduate student will end, I plan to make the most out of my time at AKHIA.

Although I may not tweet about my time as a student, if you check out my Twitter handle you might see a few posts revolving around my other hobbies. Along with working for AKHIA, I’ll also spend the next few months working at a catering company in Downtown Cleveland, screaming at the TV every time the Cavs play and taking my dog, Susan, on long walks when I get home from a busy day. Also, it’s not uncommon for you to see me making a lot of lists.

Do you have a fall internship? How do you plan on making the most out of your time?