Schlorff, Journalism and Public Relations Major, Completes Communications Internship

Posted on 10/23/2018 2:26:27 PM

Kirsten SchlorffKirsten Schlorff, a senior Journalism and Public Relations Department major and communications minor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, completed an internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Office of Communications in Harrisburg.

Schlorff received the internship after having networked with April Hutcheson, an IUP alumnus whom Schlorff met through Randy Jesick, a professor in IUP’s Journalism and Public Relations Department. Hutcheson, who had been a guest speaker to Schlorff’s Introduction to Public Relations class in her sophomore year, later became Schlorff’s supervisor at her internship.

During her internship, Schlorff was tasked with communications responsibilities both within the workplace and beyond. She was involved with an antibiotic awareness campaign, updating the pages on the official DOH website, and designing flyers, graphics, and guidelines for the Be Antibiotics Aware art and video competitions. Schlorff was also involved in event planning and the research and distribution of daily health press clips to the DOH staff.

Schlorff credits the IUP Journalism and Public Relations Department with providing her some of the skills necessary to excel in her internship.

“My IUP education in the Journalism and Public Relations Department engraved AP style into my long-term memory, which helped me in editing press releases and op-eds,” Schlorff said. “Also, my IUP education taught me how to collaborate and effectively communicate with multiple partners to accomplish a common goal for the statewide antibiotic awareness campaign.”

After graduation, Schlorff plans to return to the Harrisburg area to pursue health care public relations. She hopes to find an entry-level position working in-house for a hospital or at a public relations agency for health care clients. Her dream job is to work as the director of communication for St. Jude Hospital.

“I want my writing to make a difference, inspire others, and change lives,” Schlorff says.