Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 15, 2003

Whitworth Student Receives Coveted Public-Relations Internship
for Second Straight Year

For the second year in a row, a Whitworth College student has been selected for one of the Spokane Public Relations Council's sought-after internships, even as competition for the internships has grown more intense in recent years.

Ryan Moede, a junior communications major, was one of two students selected this year for the 10-week internships, which carry a $1,500 stipend. He will complete the internship this summer at Inland Northwest Health Services. Senior journalism major Caitlin Clapp was selected last year for an internship she completed at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

"I knew that there was stiff competition, so when I found out that I won the internship I was all the more honored and grateful, knowing the caliber of people who applied," Moede said. "It's a great opportunity. I'm incredibly thankful to have this chance to apply what I've already learned at Whitworth and also to be challenged in preparation for beginning my career."

The Spokane Public Relations Council internship program is highly selective, matching top PR students with meaningful internships at SPRC member firms. Host firms compete vigorously to land an intern, and provide real-world experience to students that helps them stand out among other job applicants. This year, a record number of applications were submitted from students at nine schools in five states.

"We receive dozens of student applications, and fund only two or three interns each year; it's really the best of the best who get selected for an SPRC internship," says Barb Chamberlain, president of SPRC and director of communications and public affairs for Washington State University Spokane. "We've had several interns go on to land jobs with their internship hosts and with other firms in the area, and we know it's the internship that opened that door for them."

The Spokane Public Relations Council is an independent organization of area communications professionals who are committed to effective and ethical public-relations strategies. With more than 100 members, the primary goal of SPRC is to provide ongoing job-related development and networking opportunities to its members, while continually striving to build and promote the value of public relations in the business environment.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Greg Orwig, director of communications, Whitworth College (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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