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Intern Spotlight: Fall 2017


09.08.17
IN Agency Life

Mikaela Malott and Laura Ellsworth recently joined the Hirons team as fall interns. Learn more about their previous experiences in this intern spotlight.

Name: Mikaela Malott
Internship title: Communications Management Assistant
What college do you attend and what is your major?
I am currently wrapping up my senior year at Indiana University, where I study public relations and advertising. I’m also working toward a minor in psychology.

Why did you choose to intern at Hirons?

I took a PR writing course with Hirons’ COO, Jim Parham, last semester, and he encouraged me to look into the internship program. I spent a day shadowing at the office in May and was immediately impressed with the office culture and welcoming employees. Hirons’ mission to “be bold” is synonymous with my goals and how I envision my career in PR.

What do you hope to accomplish during your internship?

This is my first time working at an agency, so I am hoping to gain experience with all types of client accounts that will broaden my perception of the PR and advertising industry. I’m looking forward to getting to know the Indianapolis area better and getting involved with the community.

What kind of work-related experience do you bring to us?

Prior to joining the team at Hirons, I interned for Learfield Sports, a sports advertising company that oversees athletic multimedia rights for collegiate partners across the country. I worked directly with sponsorship sales for IU Sports Properties, which includes advertisements for Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium. The summer before that, I was a communications intern for Indiana Soccer Association, a nonprofit organization for youth sports and community outreach. These opportunities have provided me with substantial experience that I hope can be put into practice during my time at Hirons.

What kind of life experience do you bring to us?

My favorite quote is by Maya Angelou, “People may not remember what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” I try use these words for guidance as a professional and as a human being in general. I have always felt that the best results come from true, honest hard work.

What are your first impressions of Hirons?

I won’t lie, our office dogs Hank and Maya were one of the biggest selling points in accepting the position. They aren’t very good at paperwork, but they make up for their lack of opposable thumbs with a lot of heart and ambition. Overall, 10/10 as co-workers.

Fun facts about yourself:

  • I starred in a series of local TV commercials for my family’s nursing home when I was younger. In retrospect, I think it was foreshadowing my career in advertising!
  • I’ve self-proclaimed myself as the biggest Fleetwood Mac fan in the tristate area. My cat is named Stevie after Stevie Nicks.
  • I have two younger sisters named McKenna and Macauley and, yes, if my parents had a boy, his name definitely would have been McDonald.
  • I played soccer for 10 years.

Name: Laura Ellsworth
Internship title:
Business Development Assistant
What college do you attend and what is your major?
I’m a senior at IU Bloomington, majoring in media advertising and receiving a certificate in liberal arts and management.

Why did you choose to intern at Hirons?

Coming up on graduation, I was looking for experience working in an agency before I make the jump to a full-time career. I looked at every agency within driving distance and Hirons’ commitment to client excellence resonated with me. “Be bold” just happens to be one of my goals as I enter the workforce, so how could any place be better?

What do you hope to accomplish during your internship?

In addition to learning the basics of how an agency works, I want to learn more about the beginning stages of client strategy and campaign development. I’m hoping to get the chance to learn more about building relationships with clients and to build my technical skills in business writing and project management.

What kind of work-related experience do you bring to us?

Previously, I’ve worked on internal communications at Indiana University. As an intern for IU Communications, I wrote news features and assisted with press releases. Additionally, I managed the university’s arts Twitter account and helped on other university social media projects, including live coverage of the School of Global and International Studies “America’s Role in the World” conference and Little 500.

What kind of life experience do you bring to us?

As a member of IU’s Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP), I’ve learned a lot about where business and humanities cross and the communications skills necessary to be successful in business. Though I’ll graduate from IU, I’ve taken classes at a few different places, and the opportunity to interact with students and professors from different backgrounds has taught me that diversity of experience is the most valuable asset to team problem-solving.

What are your first impressions of Hirons?

Walking into the lobby, I was impressed with the amount of pride that Hirons takes in the work done here – enough to display pieces on the walls. That told me that Hirons is an agency built on expertise, but the feel of the office and the energy of the people I got to interact with showed me that they’re forward-thinking and don’t just rely on past success. Also, I got to pet a dog during my job interview, so of course I was immediately excited to work here.

Fun facts about yourself:

My favorite food is tacos, I crochet small animals and if there’s a historical drama on Netflix, I’ve watched it.

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