Interns No Longer Just From Hub Schools — Distant College Points Undergrads to Boston

By Laura Smith

When Newton, Mass., resident Amanda Pensack went off to college 800 miles away in North Carolina, little did she know she would be promoting some of Hollywood’s biggest movies — as a summer intern at Allied Integrated Marketing, back home in Boston. The Copley Square firm works with major film studios, such as Disney and MGM, and serves as the liaison between the press and its 80 clients.
Pensack, a strategic communications major at Elon University in Elon, NC, was one of two student interns from Elon at Allied last summer. Her experience in the publicity department helping promote films such as “The Hurt Locker,” “Taking Woodstock” and “Fame” was incredibly worthwhile, she said.
Students graduating with a communications degree from Elon are required to complete at least one internship during their studies. Students are able to gain credit while living and working in major cities such as Boston.
Nagatha Tonkins, Director of Internships and External Relations for Elon’s School of Communications, schedules an extended stay in Boston every year expressly to arrange internship opportunities like Pensack’s. “Our students are very talented in many ways and have strong research, writing, social media, production and Web-based skills.”
Another Elon senior communications major, Craig Orsi, spent last summer as an intern with Kortenhaus Communications. The Boston PR firm serves clients in the arts, fashion, hospitality and tourism industries, among others.
Orsi worked on pitches, promotional events, strategic plans, media correspondence and graphic design. One of his biggest projects was working on the strategic plan for a condo development.
Elon sends interns into the working world every semester and summer. It is in cities such as Boston that these students really get a jump start on their futures, Tonkins predicted.
“We have almost 900 majors that participate in a highly interactive curriculum with strong professional ideals, so we have a lot to offer,” she said, adding that she encouraged organizations to contact her about interns for their offices.

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