My Interning Experience with GCC’S College Advancement Services

When it comes to school, I feel like we go into a lot of experiences not really having any concrete vision of what we’ll end up with in the end. Sure we know the basics. For instance, I’m just two classes away from obtaining my Associates in Public Relations. Do I completely have a grasp on everything correlated to Public Relations? Absolutely not. But that’s what’s so rewarding and eye opening about interning within your field. Slowly and surely you come closer and closer to learning more and more aspects of your field. Luckily, my internship was through my school—it was actually required for my degree, so I didn’t have to go through the leg work of searching for it. I interned from September to December.

Throughout my internship I got a closer look at the art of being pithy and timely; and just how crucial both of those skills are. You also have to be strategic when it comes to posting on social media to ensure that you get the most views and responses. One of my most favorite experiences interning with GCC’s College Advancement Services was having to be the face of the monthly video segment, “Gaucho Lowdown,” the entire experience was completely out of my comfort zone and the first time I did it, I felt completely unprepared and overwhelmed. I was on camera for the first time, reading off of a teleprompter for the first time, there were just so many firsts that I was so unprepared for. But it gave me a glimpse on how it could be in the real world. You never know when you’ll just have to rise to the occasion, and nine out of ten times it will be when you’re totally not expecting having to. I find those types of experiences the most fulfilling.

Anytime you’re thrown into situations that may feel utterly out of your comfort zone—instead of going with your initial instinct of running away from it, embrace all of those moments. Especially the ones that make you feel uneasy. That said, my internship experience was not only gratifying for me academically but also worthwhile for me personally. I learned a lot about my capabilities in such a short amount of time, I’m definitely excited to see what other boundaries I can break on my PR journey. The internship marks the beginning!

If you’re interested in seeing my infamous first foray with the “Gaucho Lowdown,” here it is in all its glory:

This post is part of the Looksharp Internship Blog Competition. To read more about the competition and view other posts go here.


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NAU Connection Day

Since 1965 Glendale Community College has been offering certificates and associate degree programs for nearly half a million students. Did you know though that you can now keep learning without leaving through the NAU @ GCC program?

That’s right! You can now complete your bachelor’s degree program with NAU right here on the GCC campus. Benefits of this program include being close to home, never having to leave GCC, and being able to transfer more credits into your BA program to save you money.

You can discover how to complete your NAU bachelor’s degree here at GCC, or speak with an Undergraduate Admissions representative from Flagstaff about other transfer options 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 22 in Central Mall. This NAU Connection Day event will also include music, treats, fun and give aways. Can’t make it and have questions? Call 623-845-4784.


Study Abroad programs offer cool adventures

In its sixth year, the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Study Abroad Program offers amazing opportunities to live and study in the heart of Prague. The first of a series of information sessions will be held 6 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at Glendale Community College in the Student Union’s Royal Palm room. If you cannot make this session, two more opportunities will be offered at Gateway Community College (see below). Studying abroad in Prague is a no brainer. What is hard is choosing from the eight programs of study.

Those interested in traveling May 31 to June 28 can choose from the following four-week programs: Art History, Contemporary Cinema, Introduction to the Holocaust or International Business.

Those interested in traveling July 2 to Aug. 2 may choose from Digital Photography, Introduction to Multiculturalism, Psychology of Religion or World Religion. Past participants claim the classes and excursions exceeded their expectations.

Classes are held in a modernized sixteenth century building. A short distance away, double room dorm style accommodations are comfortable and participants share a community kitchen and living room on each floor. The price of $2,664 covers all lodging, classes, excursions and local transportation. Airfare, food, and spending money are not included in the price of the four-week programs. While your friends and relatives battle the summer heat at home, you’ll be enjoying Prague’s cool, mid-seventy degree weather.

The Study Abroad program is open to the public. Come for college credit or simply for the adventure. GCC English Professor and adjunct professor at Gateway Community College, Dr. Ruth Callahan is GCC’s contact for the Prague Study Abroad program. Please visit Dr. Callahan’s web site for more information. Registration is through Gateway Community College.

In addition to the GCC information session, two other sessions will be held at Gateway Community College from 3 – 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, and from 6 – 7 p.m., Monday, March 19, in Gateway Community College’s Main Building.

Please visit the GCC Study Abroad website for more information. And if you’re strapped for cash but passionate about going on one of these excursions, be sure to look for the information about a possible scholarship grant.

Audition for “Working”

Auditions for singing and non-singing roles are being held 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3 at the Glendale Community College Performing Arts Center for “Working,” from the book by Studs Terkel, adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso. Songs are by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor. Callbacks will follow at 2 – 5 p.m. “Working” will be onstage April 13 – 21. For more information, contact David Seitz by email at

“Working” is the 1970’s nonfiction book that tells the stories of Americans with jobs in fields ranging from acting to gas meter reading. Studs Terkel is a Pulitzer prize winner for his writing and the play adaptation is sure to delight!

Men and women ages 18 and older should bring a picture and résumé. Singers should prepare a one-minute a cappella song. Actors may prepare a one-minute monologue or cold read from the script. A perusal script and possibly a reference recording are available at the GCC Library Circulation Desk.