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OHIO’s Scripps College of Communication, Ohio Department of Public Safety announce ‘Communicating for a Safer Ohio’ initiative

Student interns to improve department’s communication through social media

Ohio University’s nationally recognized Scripps College of Communication has been selected for an exclusive internship program with the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS). In a partnership titled “Communicating for a Safer Ohio,” the ODPS will employ Scripps College students as interns to broaden the communication channels of the department.

“As students engage projects with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, they will discover new avenues for marketing their skills and knowledge, while at the same time performing an important public service in helping to educate Ohioans about critical safety-related topics,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth. “This partnership is a model example of how higher education can work productively with other state agencies to serve our state and its citizens.”

ODPS has agreed to annually employ and rotate nine interns, through a highly selective process. Beginning this summer semester, ODPS will be employing a social media intern, a web video producer intern and a copywriter/editor intern. While the interns will be specializing in those three specific areas this semester, those areas may change during subsequent semesters, allowing for maximum experience and opportunities within ODPS.

“While employing interns is not new to ODPS and/or other state agencies, this will mark the first time students will help develop strategy, methods and implementation to reduce tragedy and life-degrading events that impact their generation the most,” said ODPS Director John Born. “This is both an exciting opportunity for the Department and the University, and I’m looking forward to the creative work that these highly-talented students will develop.”  

The Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University consists of five different schools, each offering a variety of majors and programs for students who want to pursue a communication-related career.  

“It is an honor and a privilege for Ohio University to partner with the Ohio Department of Public Safety with this very exciting project,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. “Our students are among the finest communication students in the state, and this prestigious internship program will allow them to improve public safety through the use of new media, expanding the department’s reach, especially among the younger population.”

The directors of each of the schools within the Scripps College of Communication visited ODPS today, along with other administrators. They met with the ODPS senior staff and communication staff and also toured the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.