Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 14, 2008

Whitworth Communications Students Receive Two of Three MarCom Internship Awards

Three area university students have been selected to receive this year's Spokane Regional MarCom Association internship awards, the association announced today. Jennifer Norwood and Meara Hall, both juniors majoring in communications at Whitworth University, and Jeremy Rainwater, a junior majoring in public relations at Washington State University, are this year's internship award winners.

"The Whitworth Department of Communication Studies faculty is honored to have its students receive two of the three competitive internships offered this year," says Ginny Whitehouse, associate professor and chair of the department. "Both Meara and Jennifer are excellent students and professionals. This is the fourth year we've had Whitworth students receive this internship since the program began in 2002, and all of them have had outstanding experiences that have helped define their careers."

Norwood, Hall and Rainwater were chosen by a panel of local marketing communications and public-relations professionals who evaluated applicants based on requirements including portfolio examples, news-release writing skills, and interview performance.

The three students will conduct their internships over the course of 10 weeks this summer and will be paired with MarCom association communications professionals who are employed at local businesses and organizations. Those three host organizations, the Northwest Museum of Art & Culture, Washington State University – Spokane and Greater Spokane Incorporated, were chosen from a field of 12 local organizations through a competitive application and ranking process conducted earlier this year by the MarCom panel.

"By pairing these outstanding students with high-quality host organizations and senior communications practitioners, we're confident that we'll provide a valuable work experience for the students," says MarCom President Dave Sonntag. "In return, these young professionals will provide an infusion of ideas, energy and tactical skills to the organizations and to the community."

In addition to their internship positions, the three winners will each receive a $1,500 stipend. MarCom (formerly known as the Spokane Public Relations Council) finances the annual internship program through its annual "Spark Awards" competition and other fund-raising activities; the program is open to area undergraduate college students majoring in marketing communications, public relations or related fields.

"Providing these annual internships is a great way for our association and our members to give back to the community and to help develop the next generation of our area's marketing communications professionals," Sonntag says. 

Contacts:

Ron Nichols, MarCom internship program coordinator, (509) 323-2912 or ron.nichols@wa.usda.gov.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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