My internship at Voice of America has been indispensable. During the course of my time here, I have worked on a diverse range of public relations projects such as conducting tours, interpreting data from analytics software, editing images with Adobe Photoshop, managing social media accounts, and engaging in meta-journalism. When you work in VOA Public Relations, no two days are alike. Even seemingly mundane tasks such as opening e-mails or answering phones sometimes yield new insights into terrorist attacks or foreign signal jamming. Furthermore, being in public relations is a great way to branch out into other divisions of the BBG. In addition to my PR responsibilities, I’ve had the opportunity to learn some of the intricacies of the newsroom, and now write a weekly technology column for Digital Frontiers, VOA’s highest trafficked web blog. My columns have covered a wide array of subjects ranging from Chinese social networks to online privacy rights. VOA is the perfect working environment for any students or young professionals with an interest in public diplomacy or aspirations in journalism. I admire VOA’s commitment to access to information and am humbled to have played a small part in helping this organization bring accurate, objective, and comprehensive news to those who need it most.
Ross Slutsky, a Summer 2012 Public Relations Intern, is a rising senior at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.