April 3, 2009
Whitworth Communications Student Receives MarCom Internship Award
Senior Kelly MacDonald has been selected to receive this year's Spokane Regional MarCom Association internship award. MacDonald, a communications major, was one of two recipients of the award from a competitive field of 17 applicants.
MacDonald was 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.
"Kelly is an outstanding student, and she will represent the MarCom internship program well," says Ginny Whitehouse, associate professor of communication studies at Whitworth. "We're excited that she will have opportunity to offer her talents to Community Frameworks."
MacDonald will conduct her internship over the course of 10 weeks this summer and will be paired with MarCom association communications professionals at Community Frameworks, a Spokane-based non-profit affordable housing organization.
"Interns provide creativity and skills that are invaluable to non-profits such as Community Frameworks," says Ann Price, resource development manager for the organization. "MarCom's support of Kelly as a paid intern will help us move forward two important but long-delayed projects intended to raise awareness about affordable housing and the people and communities we serve."
In addition to her internship position, MacDonald will receive a $2,500 stipend. MarCom (formerly known as the Spokane Public Relations Council) finances the 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.
"Community Frameworks is a devoted non-profit organization, and I look forward to the experience I will gain through this internship," MacDonald says. "Everything I do, from writing an e-newsletter to writing press releases to helping with their re-branding campaign, will help me in my future career as a marketing/PR professional."
Past Whitworth students who have won the MarCom internship include Jennifer Norwood and Meara Hall, both '09, Leah Motz, '08, and Nichole Betts and Joe Johnson, both '07.
John Carter, internship chair, Saint George's School, (509) 466-1636 x397 or
Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or firstname.lastname@example.org.