Graduation is close in site and Christine Guenther is excited to be graduating from Shippensburg University.
She has gained a lot of experience within her past four years spent at Shippensburg, and feels prepared to step out into the working world.
Guenther is a senior majoring in communication/journalism with a public relations emphasis. She is also a business minor.
Guenther has been quite active on campus during her years at SU.
She is a member of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and of STARS (Student Tour Guides and Admissions Representatives at Shippensburg) on campus as well.
Guenther is on the College of Arts and Science Student Advisory Board. She also had the opportunity to sit in on a faculty selection committee for the marketing and management department with the School of Business.
Internships are highly important for communication/journalism majors to do during college.
Faculty constantly stress the importance of internships because it provides students with many pieces for their final portfolio that they have to complete during their senior year.
Guenther participated in three different internships throughout her college years and therefore, has a wide variety of pieces for her professional portfolio.
Her first internship back in June 2010 was in her hometown at Rolling Pines Golf Course and Banquet Facility. She made advertisements for the golf course summer concerts and events they held.
The second internship she did was at the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation located in Shippensburg, Pa. She produced brochures, fliers and display boards for the various events that DMTF hosted.
She helped with Shippensburg’s 2010 homecoming as well because the foundation was this year’s homecoming charity.
A few of the big events for DMTF that she was able to be involved with was Ready, Set, Go!, an educational program for Shippensburg area children from birth to the age of five.
She also was part of a grief and loss counseling program for children, teens and their families called Drew’s Hope.
Dash for Drew was another big event that DMTF held which was an annual run/walk/race held in Greencastle, Pa., that raises money for the foundation.
Her last and most current internship, which is from January 2011 to May 2011, with the Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center.
She helped local start-up businesses by creating many types of marketing materials such as logos, brochures, fliers, business cards and creating marketing ideas for them.
Guenther continues to search for a job as she moves back home for the summer.
She plans to keep working hard doing some freelance public relations and marketing work until she finds the position she is looking for.
Ideally, she would love to work at a public relations agency or in the marketing department at a mid-sized company.
Although she said she is willing to be flexible for her first job.
“I’m really excited for graduation,” said Guenther. “I really loved my time at Shippensburg, and will certainly be sad to leave, but I’m ready to start the next chapter of my life.”