The Auburn Chamber of Commerce provides resources and leadership to strengthen the Auburn business community and create a thriving business environment through strategic partnerships with local businesses, the city of Auburn, and Auburn University.
The Auburn Chamber of Commerce is made up of over 1,000 business owners in the local community. These businesses operate in many sectors from homebuilding to clothing boutiques. The Chamber works hand-in-hand with Auburn University and the City of Auburn to create a vibrant community experience. The main function of the Chamber is to provide support for local business to create sustainable growth. They accomplish this through sponsorships, member development workshops, and community enrichment opportunities.
As an intern at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, I have had the experience of communicating through internal and external platforms. I help edit and publish weekly member newsletters and proofread external publications. I have also had the invaluable opportunity to sit in on Board of Directors meetings. My main responsibility as an intern is to create compelling content for our social media accounts.
Sachs Media Group is the go-to strategic communications partner for mid- to large-sized corporate, non-profit, and government organizations with high-stakes challenges. Sachs Media Group is ranked as on of the country's top 10 public affairs firms in O'Dwyer's 2017 rankings.
Sachs Media Group is a medium-sized strategic communications firm headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. SMG also has satellite offices in Orlando and D.C. SMG represents a wide variety of clients in many different areas. As a full-service integrated marketing, public relations, crisis relations, public affairs and research firm, Sachs Media Group is perfectly poised to take on any task presented by their clients.
As a public affairs intern at Sachs Media Group, I worked alongside an elite team of communicators. We worked to represent the political interests of top-name client such as Lyft, Pfizer, The James Madison Institute, and many more. I was tasked with writing press releases, contacting journalists, interviewing op-ed authors and creating compelling social media content to reach our clients’ target demographics. This position prepared me for a position working in public affairs at the state level.
The Borgen Project is an innovative, national campaign that works with U.S. leaders to improve their response to the global poverty crisis. The Borgen Project cooperates at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.
Only 12% of intern candidates applying to The Borgen Project are selected. The position was part-time (working around 14 hours per week). I was responsible for leading public and political outreach in the state and district that I was assigned to. In my case, I was assigned to Auburn, Alabama because that is where I was located at the time of the internship.
Key responsibilities of advocacy interns are:
I learned how to work effectively in a team, and to create excellent-quality work.
I am skilled in time management which allows me to create realistic timelines for projects.
I am not afraid of conflict, which makes me skilled at managing conflict and finding resolutions.
Scroll through to see some of the skills I learned at my various employment experiences in strategic communications.
Through my work experience, I learned that every day in the communications profession brings something new and exciting. I had to learn to adapt to every possible situation thrown at me as an intern. Whether that meant researching and writing a position paper for a high-powered client, or returning promotional banners used in one of our events I learned to adapt to best fit each circumstance.
An important part of my employment experience has been learning how to effectively use rhetoric in client proposals and other public relations documents. Creating compelling communication tactics can make the difference in success or failure in any project.
I learned to create and complete projects in an efficient, timely manner without compromising thoroughness. Learning how to write and speak in a clear, concise manner has allowed me to streamline my production process.