Chicago Provides Experiential Learning
The proximity of Chicago to Trinity’s campus affords students myriad opportunities for field trips, internships, and cultural excursions.
On November 21, Dr. Sherry Barnes, associate professor of communication arts, gave students from her public relations class the opportunity to venture to downtown Chicago to meet and speak with professionals in the public relations field.
The students met with Kate Sansone, assistant press secretary at Mayor Daley’s press office, and learned that typical mornings begin with a press conference at 10 a.m. and end with preparation of the mayor's schedule for the following day. At Macy’s department store, Andrea Schwartz, director of external and media relations, introduced students to designer Lidia Wachowska, a participant in the Chicago Fashion Incubator, a program that is a joint venture of Macy’s, the city of Chicago, and local colleges to encourage young designers.
Students were then given a glimpse of their potential future when they met Trinity alumnus Matthew Vander Laan ’97, senior vice president at Edelman. Vander Laan described what it is like to work with a large, international PR firm. He also spoke about servant leadership as well as the current and future direction of public relations organizations.
“It was the first time I was able to actually see what public relations professionals do,” said Whitney Dickison ’09 of Ottawa, Illinois. “After seeing three different jobs, I had a better idea of what it’s really like to work in the public relations field.”
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