The Founder’s Award

Posted by Rachel Esterline on Apr 15, 2009 in Career, Fahlgren Mortine, Internships |

Reflecting over the past three years, I realize I’ve put in a lot of hours in developing my skills for a career in public relations. Sometimes I wondered if it was going to make a difference when I started applying for my six-credit internship.

On Wednesday, I found out it had. I was offered the Founder’s Award. One month ago, I wrote Fahlgren Mortine Award: 5 Things I Realized When Applying. I was ecstatic and shocked when I found out I got it. The award offers a $1,500 scholarship and a full-time paid internship at $400 per week. Although I do not know how many great PR students I was up against, I’m sure there was some stiff competition.

Fahlgren Mortine is listed in the top 100 public relations firms nationally by PR Week. It is the largest firm in Columbus, Ohio, pulling in $5.2 million in revenue in 2007. They have earned PRSA Silver and Bronze Anvils in ’08, ’07 and ’06.

So you can see why I’m so excited.

I start the internship on May 20, so be sure to check back on this blog if you are interested in what it is like to move out of state to complete an amazing internship.

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Apr 16, 2009 at 6:17 am

Congrats! You really deserve it.

Rachel Esterline
Apr 16, 2009 at 7:59 am

Thank you, Jessica!

Lara Kretler
Apr 16, 2009 at 8:51 am

We’re thrilled to have you on the team. Welcome and we can’t wait to meet you in person next month. Be sure to join our Facebook group for current and former Fahlgren Mortine interns, including our fabulous Founders Award winners! Here’s the link:

Apr 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Congratulations! I’m excited for you and can’t wait to read about your experience.

Rachel Esterline
Apr 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Lara–Thank you. I joined the group!

Lindsay–Thanks. I will definitely be blogging about it.

Apr 20, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Rachel- I am not sure if you remember me… PRSSA Pres 2006-2007. I just ran across your website when I found somebody elses’ and I am quite impressed!! I wish you well at your internship- that was such a great experience :)



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