Scripps Career Pathways: Ali Myers, BSJ '11, public relations coordinator in the Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University
Ali graduated from Scripps College of Communication in 2011 where she majored in journalism in the public relations sequence. As a public relations coordinator, Ali assists in providing strategic communications efforts surrounding Ohio State’s initiatives to becoming a preeminent global university.
How do you feel your Scripps College of Communication degree has helped you in your career thus far?
As a journalism major, many of my courses were centered around writing. I can’t stress how important it is to have and maintain good writing skills. I specifically remember taking a precision language course my freshman year that was referred to as “grammar boot camp.” This course has definitely been most useful to me in my current job, as I do quite a bit of writing and editing. Having a solid foundation in writing will put you ahead of other candidates.
How did your extra-curricular activities or internship(s) help you with your career?
Being an active member of PRSSA, I was president of the OU chapter my junior year. It undoubtedly helped me in my career. You meet so many people through organizations like PRSSA, and the more meaningful connections you have, the better. I also gained experience through internships in various areas of public relations. I think it’s important to intern in different areas so you can get a feel for the type of work that you enjoy and what kind of culture you prefer.
What is the most important thing you believe has helped you secure your current position?
My experiences through internships and leadership roles in organizations helped me secure my current position. Although networking is incredibly important, we’ve all heard this a million times, my last several positions have been at places in which I’ve had zero connections. Yes, connections are important and many times will help you land jobs, but I don’t think we should discount the value of experience.
What is a typical day like for you in this position?
Every day is so different! I start the day by checking out my office’s social media accounts. I usually edit many documents and PowerPoint presentations to make sure they meet Ohio State’s brand standards. Then I may interview a faculty member or student that recently traveled abroad to create a story for the website. Some days I correspond with the directors of our global gateway offices in China, India and Brazil. If they have something they want us to help them communicate, then I’ll help strategize a message and the best ways to promote it. Every day I’m thrown some curve balls, which is why I love it!
What is the single most important piece of advice you’d like to give to Scripps students?
Get involved! Join student organizations, intern and meet people. It’s so important to gain experience and make connections.
- Katie Quinn, social media intern