Gaining Hands-On Experience: Jason Marin’s Story
For the Fall 2018 semester, York College Public Relations student Jason Marin joined us to hone his PR and marketing skills. Jason was new to the non-profit marketing world, but his can-do attitude and upbeat personality (not to mention his awesome taste in footwear!) helped him absorb much in his time with us. I asked him to share his experiences with the Cultural Alliance from his perspective. Here’s what he shared. -Kelley Gibson
There comes a point in a student’s college career where they start looking to apply for internships, or even jobs to get their foot in the door for their respective field. Typically, an internship is an opportunity for any student to become more familiar with their major by working hands-on in a given environment. To me, an internship is also an opportunity for me to grow as a person, and to prove to the world that I’m a dedicated, and motivated individual. So, when I was looking for an internship, I wanted to find something that I knew was going to allow me to do all of that.
Then I found the Cultural Alliance, and to this day, I could not be more thankful to have found such a great program. Each of the people I worked with have not only bestowed necessary/valuable skills of Public Relations upon me, but they have inspired me to continue pursuing only the greatest of things in life. For that, I will always be grateful to them.
The work that I was doing while at the internship was really fun because it’s always been a dream of mine to work in event planning and community relations. I would work with different platforms such as york365, HootSuite, Canva, and Mail Chimp and complete different assignments whether it be press releases or even new designs for flyers. I also worked with the organization’s social media platforms to promote the different events in the community that happened each month (which was my favorite part).
At the end of the day, I have so much to thank everyone that I worked with for. No amount of words will ever really describe how much this internship has meant to me. It feels like just yesterday I was only going in for an interview with my supervisor. Because of all of you, I am much more confident in the work that I produce, and I’m confident that I will be a fantastic Public Relations person. Thank you Cultural Alliance of York County for believing in me, and for giving me a chance to live out my dream.