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  1. Power of Pink Virtual Internship: Question of the Day

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    QOD post

    Our Power of Pink Virtual Internship has come to an end and so have the many Zoom calls with founder Lea-Ann Germinder along with interns, Abby Crotty and Zinaejah Ozier. Within those Zoom calls, they always found a way to make the day more interesting with their “Question of the Day” daily questions.

    Some of the questions were on the serious list, while others challenged their brains to think about the things they’ve never really thought about before.

    Here were some of the questions and answers that they came up with throughout the summer:

    Top 3 QOD

    If your house was burning down and you could save one material thing, what would it be (assuming your phone is in your pocket!)?

    “My computer” – Zinaejah Ozier

    “My computer” – Lea-Ann Germinder

    “My big box of memorabilia” – Abby Crotty

    If you could have one superpower what would it be?

    “Teleport anywhere and not have to worry about COVID-19” – Abby Crotty

    “Not to sleep, there are so many things I want to do and not enough time to do them” – Lea-Ann Germinder

    “Ability to speed through work, but with accuracy” – Zinaejah Ozier

    What has been your biggest challenge to date and why?

    “The pandemic and having the internship fall through” – Abby Crotty

    “Going to school online, then having the internship online from 9-6 Monday to Thursday 9-1 on Friday and forgetting to eat and drink. I just want to get the work done and I forget to stop” – Zinaejah Ozier

    “My parents got divorced when I was young, but it taught me to be resilient and plow through challenges – like this pandemic!  – Lea-Ann Germinder

    In the end, whether the question was happy or sad, the “question of the day” always seemed to be the thing that pushed them through the long work-day. Now, it has come to a close, but their Q&A sessions will never be forgotten.

  2. A Zinaejah Ozier Interview: Lea-Ann Germinder

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    Lea-Ann Interview
    Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, President of Germinder + Associates

    Getting an internship is one thing. Learning about how you got an internship is another. In an interview with the president of our company, Lea-Ann Germinder, Zinaejah Ozier got the opportunity to get insight on the perspective of her employer.

    From hearing about why she was selected to getting feedback on the ways in which she was able to partake in reverse mentoring, Ozier asked Germinder a series of questions to seal her Power of Pink Internship experience. When asked about the selection process, Germinder explained the significance of reaching out to her alma mater, the University of Dayton.

    “My main goal was to help students during the pandemic,” said Germinder. “I was really troubled that many agencies decided not to have internships during the pandemic, and I thought maybe I could help out. I had wanted to reach back to the University of Dayton for quite some time and PRSA sent out a communication, suggesting that we try to help. So, I reached out to the University of Dayton and we went from there.”

    After reaching out to UD in an effort to grant two lucky students with a chance to gain experience at an agency during hard times, Lea-Ann heavily considered the potential compatibility between the two interns, Abby Crotty and Zinaejah Ozier.

    “Here you had yourself, who was a journalism student that was transferring from journalism to public relations, a great storyteller, and I was very impressed with your writing,” said Germinder. “Then, you had Abby, who is a senior legacy student who wanted to do digital content and I thought, gee, this could be really interesting. It turned out to be really true. You two created magic together.”

    To top the interview off, Ozier was curious to know how Germinder felt about their summer experience overall. Since she and Crotty had conducted their own interview discussing their thoughts on their experience, hearing from Germinder…

    “Learning during the pandemic was a challenge, but we rose to that challenge,” said Lea-Ann.  “The Black Lives Matter movement was so important, and it was so impactful that we ended up not discussing some logistical things that we may have ended up discussing, but there’s always time to discuss that. At the end of the day, I think it’s so important to give back every single day and I’m thrilled with how the internship turned out.”

    With a goal of giving the girls a taste of the world of public relations and helping them to follow their passion, the internship has shown itself to serve that exact purpose.

    To watch the full interview, click here!

    To hear what interns Abby Crotty and Zinaejah Ozier had to say about their internship experience, click here!

  3. Power of Pink Virtual Internship Interview #2

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    Abby & Zinaejah

    As our two interns Abby Crotty and Zinaejah Ozier find themselves nearing the middle of their internship here at Germinder + Associates, they conversed on their experiences working at a PR agency while in the midst of a social movement and a global pandemic. 

    For their first interview,  they talked about how grateful they were to have gotten this opportunity and how they were looking forward to what this internship had to offer. Now, after weeks of preparing content for the company, the two embark on their experience post all the chaos that has taken place in our country. 

    “It’s definitely hard to just completely turn off your brain from what’s happening in the world and entirely focus on your work,” said intern Abby Crotty. “But I think that’s why it’s important for brands and companies to step up during this time and intertwine the message of social justice and equality for everyone into their own personal work.”

    Being part of a PR company during this time has also opened their eyes to the different types of responses that firms are posting in response to the social movement and how impactful that can be, depending on what’s said. For Ozier, she speaks on the importance of the way in which companies decide to go about expressing their concerns publicly. 

    “I feel like the words and actions that I appreciate the most are when companies are being genuine to who they are,” intern Zinaejah Ozier said. “I want to see what you’re doing to help like the actions you’re doing whether it’s a donation or making sure you have those conversations within your organization and implementing more diversity, I just want to see the change because actions speak louder than words.”

    Overall, they’ve learned the importance of the process of getting a message out to the public and how impactful each statement can be. With a desired future in this field, it has been an interesting experience for them to conquer a virtual internship while seeing the results of how things in society shape the way a company ran. 

    To watch the full second interview, click here!

  4. A Zinaejah Ozier Interview: Troy Blackwell Jr.

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    Troy Blackwell Jr.
    National Director of Press Advance and Obama White House Alum

    The interview series by Zinaejah Ozier kicked off its third interview with Troy Blackwell Jr. who is the National Director of Press Advance, Obama White House Alum, and Board Member at BPRS-NY and PRSA Tri State. 

    On June 30, 2020, Blackwell will be speaking at the LGBTQ Experience in Public Relations event at the Museum of Public Relations. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, which granted rights to LGBT members, this event is aimed at showing what it’s like to be in the LGBTQ community while also in PR. 

    “We’re going to talk about the last 50 years of pride and about ways that agencies can be more inclusive when marketing or working on clients that do work in the LGBTQ space.”

    Going into the interview, Zinaejah Ozier knew that she would be able to relate to the unique experiences that Blackwell encountered due to his membership in both the black community and the LGBTQ community. In response to this, Blackwell spoke on how these unique experiences make way for the importance of telling your story and inserting yourself into an industry that is in dire need of more diversity. 

    “Don’t shy away from the industry because of where the industry is right now,” said Blackwell Jr. “I think also sometimes being different, offering a unique perspective, and being able to tell stories that are different from everyone else in the bunch, that unique perspective can actually make you stand out and it can make people more interested in you. You’ll be surprised how far that that can take you.”

    He made it clear that coming from a marginalized group does not make you susceptible to the things that the world tries to put you in. You are not what society says you are, you are what you make of yourself. 

    To watch the full video on uniqueness and gaining perspectives, click here!

    For more on the series, click here.

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