Southeast Student Chosen for Competitive New York Internship

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Michael Taylor, a mass communications student at  Southeast Missouri State University, has been selected for a prestigious internship with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) headquarters in New York.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 24, 2006 – Southeast Missouri State University mass communications student Michael Taylor has been selected for a prestigious internship with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) headquarters in New York.

Taylor, a senior from Jackson, Mo., who is majoring in mass communication with a public relations option, is planning to graduate in December. He was chosen as the sole recipient of the summer 2006 internship following a highly competitive, nationwide review process, according to Dr. Susan Gonders, professor in the Department of Communication.

“Michael receiving this internship is a big deal,” Gonders said of the program, which originated in 2003, making Taylor only the fourth student selected for the internship since its inception.

Taylor will perform his 12-week internship at the PRSA/PRSSA national headquarters in downtown New York near the hub of the world’s largest agencies and corporate public relations offices. During the internship, he will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with real-life public relations projects.

“I was shocked to receive the internship,” Taylor said. “I’m very excited about it and I’m excited to get hands-on experience in the field. I’m a little nervous about living in New York, but I think I’ll be all right, and living there will definitely be an experience.”

Taylor also has plans for his spare time in New York.

“I wouldn’t mind catching a Yankees game,” he said.

While in New York, Taylor will live in an educational housing system, similar to a dormitory, for student interns living in the city.

Taylor says he enjoys the challenges and creativity offered by the public relations field. After graduation, he says he hopes to use his education and his skills and experience gained from his internship to land a job at a public relations agency.

“I love the publicity and media aspects of public relations, like finding publicity for your client and offering them suggestions on how to better themselves or their company,” he said.