Student Success Story


Emily Linginfelter
May 2017
Public Relations, Advertising, and Digital Media Major, Media Studies Minor
Communications and Marketing Intern for the Career Development Office


Where did you hear about this opportunity, and what/who contributed to your being hired?

When I began the application process for summer and fall internships, my top resource was Hire-A-Muskie. This became the spot where I encountered an opportunity to work with the Career Development Office. Dr. Leslie Rasmussen, the internships coordinator in the Communication Arts Department, also encouraged me to apply when I told her about the position. I’ve had the chance to experience the career coaching program and CDO events, so the communications and marketing internship sparked my interest!

Other contributions that may have helped me include my interests, experiences and campus involvement. My passions are in strategic community outreach and brand storytelling. I enjoy having my written content based on ideas and people, and I view my skillset as a channel between the speakers and audience. I recently became inducted into the national communication association Lambda Pi Eta and elected as the president for the Xavier chapter of . I’ve also written articles for the Xavier Newswire. Each position requires an understanding of the public and an ability to deliver messages within their context.


What advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search?

These four years of college are quick, but it is important to look at this time as an opportunity for academic, professional and social development. Don’t be afraid to jump outside of your comfort zone to experiment with new ideas. I also recommend participating in campus clubs, organizations and associations that intersect between your interests and academic focus. There is no such thing as wasted effort, and I firmly believe that positive attitudes and actions mesh together for a successful experience.



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O*Net (Discover occupations & opportunities)

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Going Global (for international opportunities)

Wet Feet (research companies, explore careers)

CDO Student Blog

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