We are excited to announce the addition of two interns to the Allée team! Jodi Osmond and Shannon Neeser will be joining Allée next week, focusing on social media, community engagement and research.
We’re pretty excited about the new additions and wanted to give these ladies a chance to say hello and let everyone know a little more about themselves. Check out what they have to say and give them a warm welcome!
As a recent college graduate, I am excited to begin my journey as a PR professional. In May 2011, I graduated with high honors from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and media communication, emphasizing in strategic communication. In addition, I received a digital arts and culture certificate, which has given me valuable experience with Adobe Creative Suite.
Prior to Allée, I’ve had two other great internship experiences. As a public relations and marketing intern at Cellcom, a cell phone provider in Green Bay, Wis., I gained experience with event planning and direct consumer communication. While working as a PR intern with the American Cancer Society, I was able to hone my writing skills and gain a background in interviewing and media pitching. Working for a nonprofit was incredibly rewarding.
As I’ve previously interned within both corporate and nonprofit settings, I’m looking forward to joining the Allée team in order to gain a new perspective from that of a communications firm. Within the broad world of strategic communication, my focus and passion lies within public relations and social media. Although my interest in social media developed out of personal use, I realize what a significant marketing and communication tool it can be for a company or brand. In a fast-paced and technologically driven world, I understand the importance of helping to further the presence of a client through social media, and I’m eager to learn the many ways that this can be done while interning at Allée.
Although I am currently working out of Green Bay, I will be moving to Minneapolis in August. I can’t wait to explore a new city while being part of the Allée team!
Allée side note: Um yes, you heard right, peeps. This lady is from Green Bay…Packers unite! OK, carry on…
As a college freshman with a declared major in physics, I entered a competition to build a small car to protect an egg in a high speed crash with a brick wall. My car, upon impact with the wall, literally ejected the fragile egg directly into the wall, splattering it. I did, however, have the best documentation, even won an award for it. I knew then that a career in communications, not the hard sciences, was for me. After all, writing has been a favorite activity of mine since I was able to hold a pencil and spell poorly.
I came around to social media in a slightly less dramatic way. I declined to join my husband when he created a Facebook account. However, all our friends were using it—and only it—to invite us to events, most of which I never heard about until we missed them. I quickly understood that social media was something I needed to participate in, and further, I liked it. Social media is fun. I’ve lost hours to tweets, status updates, and following links.
The thing that intrigues me most about social media is the way it allows people and organizations to create a public image, to market oneself. I have always been interested in marketing, perhaps since I decided I liked OK Soda, despite the terrible flavor, because I loved the marketing campaign.
My physics career did not last much longer than the egg crash. I have a degree in English liberal arts and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. I recently completed a Business Writing Certificate through the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Currently, I am employed at the St. Paul Jewish Community Center where I work in a variety of communication roles. I’m excited that this internship with Allée is a way for me to continue growing professionally while combining my passion for communicating, my enjoyment of social media and my interest in marketing.
Allée side note: She’s witty, spunky and dependable…who cares if she has issues with egg protection? Not us!