Health Communication Majors Land Key Internships
Story by Kristin Gramza ‘16
Otterbein health communication students can be found throughout Columbus this semester as they complete internships in their chosen health-communication field. One of the Five Cardinal Experiences includes internships and professional experience, and students are living this “card” in their own internships, a requirement of the health communication major.
Some students are drawn to the non-profit sector. Senior Tiffany Eifert is planning programs and events at Lifeline of Ohio, the state’s organ donation facilitating organization. Junior Katelyn Hanzel is writing website stories for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County.
Seniors Eric Mohre and Kristen Ramer are using communication techniques to enhance the image and reputation of Mount Carmel Health System while junior Alana Gaither enjoys using media relations to promote the good work of doctors, nurses and researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Eifert, Hanzel, Mohre, Ramer and Gaither are all health communication majors.
Students spend their time writing, editing, assisting with social media, and helping events come to life, all while learning what it is like to work in a professional environment.
“Internships help students decide what they're passionate about and what type of job role or title they wish to fulfill upon graduation,” said Eifert. “Experience aside, internships also help you build connections with professionals in your desired field.”
This practical and crucial experience has been well received by students.
“I am loving the experience so far,” says Ramer. “I have learned what it's like to be in the professional world on a daily basis. I have learned what I like and can see myself doing; just as much, I see some positions I can't see myself in.”
Hanzel also appreciates her required internship.
“In public relations and health communication, I feel that our best experience and our most useful knowledge is going to come from the hands-on, active work we get to do out in our field,” she said. “Requiring internships means that everyone graduates with experience. And that is one of the most helpful things any of us can have—experience.”