Class of 2018
Major: Journalism with specialization in Public Relations, Minor: Communications
Corporate Communications/Public Relations and National Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (NEID) Intern at Kaiser Permanente
1. How did you apply for these internships?
I applied online through Kaiser Permanente’s careers website.
2. What were your daily tasks?
In corporate communications, I did everything from standing on the media hotline, to creating press briefings, writing content for the blogs on the intranet site, assisting with preparation of CEO media tours, and archiving historical pieces from KP SoCal. At NEID, I essentially project managed the creation of the an internal website for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity for the entire Kaiser Permanente enterprise. My daily tasks included developing, editing and syndicating content for the new website, project planning and tracking, client consulting, leading departmental collaboration and administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings, emailing and creating communications in regard to the website.
3. What skills were needed for this position? Do you think CSULB prepared you for it?
I definitely needed the ability to network and communicate effectively in order to enhance my personal brand! I had the amazing opportunity to meet the highest executives throughout the company, from SVP’s to C-Suite Executives and ultimately the CEO! If I had not been able to properly articulate and present myself, I am not sure I would have successfully navigated this internship and meeting so many amazing people. CSULB prepared me to accomplish this because I had the opportunity to take courses in communications and PR that pushed me to develop a brand and learn how to effectively communicate my worth and skills in any situation.
4. What was the highlight of your internship?
I think meeting the CEO, and getting to work with CEO Communications. I got to look closely into the daily work life of one of the largest healthcare organizations’ CEO and see how much his communications team puts into his efforts to remain a leader in the healthcare industry. I got to even attend a meeting with their additional PR team at Fleishman + Hillard in San Francisco and sit with so many amazing and brilliant-minded individuals who care so much about an organization and a mission to provide high quality affordable healthcare to the communities we serve!
5. How do you think this internship benefitted your career?
I never could have imagined how impactful this internship could be toward my career. I was hired by Kaiser Permanente upon graduating. KP has been one of the most amazing experiences. I have learned and continue to learn and gain new skills every single day. I have been able to advance my career and develop professionally by attending conferences, obtaining certificates, and learning project management and other skills beyond my education that will help me in the future!