Julianna Kurucz graduated this past May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and Film/Media. Throughout her experience in the Harrington School, Julianna never felt as though she was studying, but instead she was training for the real world. She attributes her most important college experience to the networking and relationship building that she was able to do, “whether it was my network of peers who thrived as I do, or my professors who were also professionals in the field; they were able to provide me with great advice, and I learned a lot from them.”
While Julianna was a student at the Harrington School, she was also a Harrington Ranger. During her two year experience, Julianna gave campus tours to prospective students and their families, attended Camp Harrington, produced newsletters, promoted over 50 events, presented during numerous events, shot and edited videos, attended conferences, conducted research for grants, and successfully developed and ran the Shadow Program. “As a Ranger, I had a tremendous amount of responsibility and with that I learned how to present myself in a professional manner while also representing a brand.”
Today, Julianna is balancing two internships where much of her successes are due to the skills she learned from her academic and extra-curricular college experiences. “The Communication Studies curriculum helped me develop a critical way of thinking that prepared me for the market research I’m currently conducting,” she said. Combining the two programs allowed her to develop a diverse set of skills that she uses today as a communications intern.
Julianna is the Communications Intern for the New York Yacht Club, a private yacht club where she produces copy for newsletters and news stories, updates current events, takes photographs of regattas, social events, and team races, and produces their e-newsletter. Her second internship is at the Rhode Island Historical Society as a Market Research Consultant. In this role, she creates, edits and disseminates surveys, and collects, analyzes and draws conclusions from the data.
There is no doubt that Julianna is keeping herself busy and continuing to develop her skills in a professional work environment. Way to go, Julianna!
Advice for Students
“Do as much as you can in your field while you are still in school. Learning doesn’t just take place in the classrooms, so go outside of the box and work on projects with those in your network at the Harrington School. Professors, administrators, and peers are always working on amazing projects and can always use the help.”