by Trenton Chavez '13
My name is Trenton Chavez, and I’m an alumnus of Kent State University. During my final semester at Kent State, where I studied public relations and marketing, I interned at The Davey Tree Expert Company’s corporate communications and marketing department. Davey Tree provides a variety of tree care, grounds maintenance and consulting services for the residential, commercial, utility and government markets.
My experience at Davey Tree was hands-on and intensive—there were no stereotypical intern coffee runs or envelopes stuffed. As a valued team member of the “corp comm” team, I juggled everything from website and content management to writing and pitching press releases. My supervisor gave me meaningful, long-term projects in various disciplinaries that I was able to call my own, something that I’m thankful for. I also have many, many clips and work examples from my time at Davey Tree.
I obtained my internship position through networking alone—this position was not listed on any job or internship boards. Early on in my Kent PR career, I knew I was interested in corporate communications. Planning ahead, I started networking and developing relationships with employees at local corporations. I connected to the vice president of corporate communications and corporate strategy through PRSSA Kent. Since networking with her, I kept communication open by sending an email every now and then. When I was in the position to do so, I asked if there were any opportunities for internships, and there was. Without networking, I would have not had the opportunity to intern at Davey Tree.
For my internship credit at Kent State, I was required to intern for at least 300 hours. Because I’ve had such an amazing experience at Davey Tree, I’ve extended my internship far beyond the 300-hour mark.
Internships are invaluable experiences that you should never discount. Graduating with five internships under my belt, I am confident to tackle the entry-level world. Below are the most important pieces of advice I’ve learned over the years:
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