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Alyssa Townsend ’15 Mass communication Caldwell, Idaho Where you interned: I was an intern for the Citizenship Team at Waggener Edstrom (WE) Communications in Portland. The Citizenship Team works on initiatives and projects to support WE’s commitment to making a positive and sustainable social, environmental and economic impact through its services, employees, management of operations and contributions to society. @WE_Citizen is a Twitter account run by the Citizenship Team that focuses on what is going on in the citizenship field, with an emphasis on WE’s initiatives and corporate social responsibility (CSR) best practices. What were your primary duties? My role included managing the @WE_Citizen Twitter, writing the monthly citizenship newsletter, blogging, researching CSR initiatives, creating communication plans with my fellow interns and working on pro bono projects with WE’s nonprofit partners and more. What were the best and most challenging aspects of your experience and why? It was challenging in the beginning of my internship to feel comfortable sharing my point of view in a room full of public relations professionals. Although I am somewhat new to the field, everyone at WE made me feel comfortable and encouraged me to share my opinion. One of my favorite projects this summer was creating a social media plan for the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue. This pro bono project gave me the opportunity to provide a needed service that might not otherwise have been available for a nonprofit I want to see succeed. What did you learn and how might that impact your future career path? It ultimately reaffirmed that I want to work in the PR field. However, I also learned that I want to make a difference and become a part of asking the crucial questions to make a company succeed. How did your Linfield education support you in your internship? Linfield, specifically the Mass Communication Department and my work-study position with the Office of Communications, helped me discover my passion for PR. The well-rounded education at Linfield has taught me how to think critically about important issues in our world, including citizenship, sustainability and more. Chris Beresford ’16 Computer science Phoenix, Ariz. Where you interned: I interned at GoDaddy, which primarily serves as a domain registrar and also provides web hosting services. What were your primary duties? I worked on the Hosting Performance/ Hosting Core Team at GoDaddy, where I helped build the software that the operations teams could use to diagnose, fix and monitor server performance. What were the best and most challenging aspects of your experience and why? It’s pretty difficult to pick the best part about my internship – it was amazing all-around. I was in an exciting and energetic environment that constantly challenged me with meaningful projects that had a direct benefit to the company. The most challenging part was probably learning all of the new technologies and languages during my first couple weeks. If I had to pick a ‘best moment,’ it would be day one, where I got to commit code into production. My boss sent an email out to the hosting department telling them about the feat, and it got passed up the leadership chain and resulted in me receiving praise directly from Blake Irving, the CEO – not a bad way to start the summer! What did you learn and how might that impact your future career path? I learned several new languages, technologies and development methodologies. I learned how to develop web applications using Ruby on Rails in an agile development environment. By participating in team meetings, planning and demos, I gained an understanding of how teams work, which will assist me in obtaining my goal of eventually managing/leading teams in the software industry. How did your Linfield education support you in your internship? At Linfield, I’m learning a lot of valuable information, but more importantly, I’m learning how to learn. Nobody is expected to know everything, but if you are capable of learning anything, then you’ll be a huge asset to any company. I believe that many professors at Linfield recognize this, so they invest a lot of time and effort into giving us the best education possible. For more about my internship, check out my website: www.chrisberesford.net/ Fall 2014 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 2 1


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