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At dGC it’s important to give back and support the growth of future PR leaders. As the college semester comes to a close, we are reflecting on the past months and are amazed at the talent of young people and it helps us stay up-to-date at the same time. This Fall, we were happy to host two interns, one of which is featured below.
Meet Denver Wilson, a senior at Tennessee State University majoring in mass communication with a concentration in integrated marketing communication. Her interest in tv and film lead her to pursue a major in mass communication to determine how her talent can best be utilized. We are thankful that Denver was a part of the dGC Team and appreciate her hard-work during her time at dGC.
What is your favorite part of PR, so far?
My favorite part of PR so far is that it touches everything. Living in the age of technology, every time we open our eyes we see something that has been developed to attract attention. We see ads for everything from health insurance to tv shows, to shoes. The amount of research, data, and creativity that goes into creating effective content is riveting to say the least.
What have you applied from the classroom into your internship experience?
One thing that I learned in my classes and have been able to apply in my internship is how important time management is. When you have a full course load and have a job you must learn how to manage your time and prioritize your tasks. I have applied time management to my repertoire of skills used at my internship. There are a several tasks on the agenda which vary in time consumption, deadlines, etc. Those are all things I have to consider when prioritizing tasks during my internship.
How often do you catch yourself dreaming about strategy or content?
I daydream often. When trying to come up with content or strategy I always get my best ideas by focusing on something else for a bit and coming back to it. I usually watch clips from a show I’m into or listen to a good song. Something about giving my mind a short break makes my content stream flow a bit better.
What is your ideal position you’d like to attain, upon graduation?
My ideal position after graduation would be to start my own business making things with my hands and using the knowledge I have acquired from school along with experience from my internship to successfully brand and market my business. I love creating things and being able to make my ideas something that someone can see and feel is exciting to me. Which is part of the reason why I wanted to become a mass communication major. Being able to take other people’s thoughts and efforts, breaking them down into their core, and rebuilding it into something that can reach others is fascinating.
PR types are always passionate about what we do. What have you become excited about (learning or developing) during your internship?
I’m most excited about being able to get some real world experience! I do assignments for school but it isn’t for a real company and after it gets graded it goes in a vault never to be seen again. I want to be able to see or at least feel the effects my work and input has on a project.
I don’t have a favorite color but I do have a favorite color combo type. I love monochromatic pairings. It is interesting to see how many hues can be derived from one base color. The colors isn’t as important as what you do with them and how you express the feeling of it.
Favorite quote to live by:
My favorite quote to live by is a quote from the author of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling. “Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.” I love this quote because it reminds me that failing at something isn’t the end of the world. I think it is important to remember that failure isn’t something you have to wallow over. There are things that are going to be easy and others that are going to be more difficult but trying again differently until it is done right is something that must be done to learn and grow.
Wildest thing you’ve ever done that is/isn’t related to your interest in PR:
The wildest thing I’ve ever done has to be going to study abroad. I read and reread all of the study abroad pamphlets, websites, and flyers. I went to the study abroad office everyday for a month. I watched countless youtube videos about going studying abroad and none of it prepared me for actually experiencing it myself. I was terrified on the airplane to Japan but once I got to the Narita airport I was overwhelmed with a sense of curiosity and independence. I always wanted to go out of the country but staying in Japan was such a good test of all the skills I had learned in school, the manners my mother taught me, the courage I built myself. I saw the differences in every way each day when I woke up. I saw the similarities and the differences in the media, transportation, hospitality, commercials, food, language everywhere I went. It was the best experience of my life so far. I can’t wait to go back and I want to go to another country next time!
Person you admire most (not including Oprah or your Mom/Parents):
I truly admire a youtube influencer named Kendall, who goes by Kennie J.D. on her social media. She is someone who is earnestly researches and talks about issues that are close to her heart. She is someone who doesn’t shy away from talks about serious topics and she does so with respect and sincerity. She motivates me to become more active in issues that affect my community and she inspires me to become a better global citizen.