History Major, Chinese Minor
Emma Steiner '16 spent her summer in Houston, Texas, as the marketing
intern for Child Advocates, Inc., a non-profit organization that trains volunteers
to act as court-appointed advocates on behalf of children who were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. She wrote press releases, contacted local media for upcoming events, and designed invitations for children's events.
Can you cite an example of how your in-classroom experiences at Knox helped you in the internship?
The confidence and interpersonal skills I learned through engaging in class discussions or participating in lessons helped me a lot when I had projects that required lots of input.
How do you think this experience will benefit your future career plans?
I plan to work in marketing, specifically in the non-profit sector, so this experience was incredibly valuable with regards to both career skills and networking with people in this line of work.
What was the best part of your internship?
The coolest part of my internship by far was when I took pictures at Child Advocates' annual back to school shopping spree for the kids in foster care. Target hosted this event at nine of their stores in the area, and it was great to watch the children get so excited about returning to school!
Did you receive any funding?
My internship was funded through Exxon-Mobil's Community Summer Jobs Program, which provides approximately 60 non-profit organizations in the Houston area with grants for internships.
What did you learn from your internship?
I learned a lot of public relations skills, such as writing press releases and elevator pitches. I also learned the nuts and bolts of working in an office environment, such as working reception.