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Practicing Public Relations

Josephina Ragon ’11 is used to learning about several disciplines at once — she has a double major in media and society and women’s studies, as well as double minors in French and peer education in human relations. This experience with multi-tasking helped her succeed as the intern for the Public and External Affairs office at of St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y.   This summer, Ragon assisted all four branches within the department, including public affairs, marketing, events and the Foundation.

As an assistant for each branch, she got to experience different areas of public relations.

“On a daily basis, my obligations were neither repetitive nor insignificant,” noting she was given the opportunity to do everything from writing press releases to planning fundraisers. On two occasions, she was able to accompany the director of public affairs to broadcasted shows featuring St. Charles patients. She also had the opportunity to exercise her creative license while creating brochures and flyers to advertise upcoming fundraisers and the rehabilitation marketing campaign.

Ragon’s opportunity to experience four areas of public relations at once has provided her with insight into possible careers paths.

“My experience at St. Charles was a welcoming, appreciative and educating experience within a field of a potential career.” Her internship has left her feeling “successful and proud” of all that she accomplished this summer.  

“Hobart and William Smith have strengthened my abilities in leadership, responsibility, and professionalism through extracurricular activities such as Women’s Collective and visits to Career Services,” says Ragon. Her on-campus activities include being the co-leader of Women’s Collective, the public relations chair for PRIDE, a member of Learn2Lead, and a co-leader of NARAL pro-choice.