Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

Kayla BeltrandiKayla Beltrandi

Kayla is a senior double majoring in W&R and Marketing. She is from Enfield, CT and is considering a career in advertising upon graduation this May. Kayla had two internships last summer; she completed a public relations internship with DMV headquarters in Connecticut and was a brand ambassador for Big Fish Promotions. On campus, she works as a supervisor with the Fund for URI and so is very involved in alumni donations to the university. She is also a URI 101 mentor and the president of the American Marketing Association.


Nicole BriefNicole Brief

Nicole double majors in Public Relations and W&R and is minoring in Leadership Studies. She is graduating a year earlier than expected with the help of AP credits from high school. She is from Bellmore, NY on Long Island and wants to be an event planner or publicist after graduation. Nicole completed a public relations internship this past summer with Source Communications in New York City and has also interned for a local politician for the past six years. On campus, she works in the Writing Production Lab as a lab monitor and also manages the W&R website through the Harrington School. She is the Treasurer for URI’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and has served many PR-related positions for her sorority.

Avery BroccoliAvery Broccoli

Avery double majors in Philosophy and W&R. He is from Johnston, Rhode Island, pointing out that it is the same town Mat Franco is from. Avery will graduate in May and hopes to get his Master’s in English or College Student Personnel and eventually get a PhD to become a collegiate professor. He is the vice president of his fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau, and has completed many internships throughout his time at URI. Last year, he wrote proposals for GTECH. Currently, Avery serves as an undergraduate research assistant to Jeremiah Dyehouse, a professor in the Writing & Rhetoric department, and is a general intern for the university’s Center for Career and Experiential Education, where he shadows all the different administrative positions.

Brendan SullivanBrendan Sullivan

Brendan double majors in W&R and Communication Studies. He is from Red Bank, New Jersey, and is graduating in 2016. After graduation, Brendan wants to be move involved in the production and writing that goes on behind the television screen. “I love to write, and I want to write for television shows and ad campaigns,” he said. Brendan has had two internships thus far. He was a sales assistant at The CW28 Television Station in Providence this past summer of 2014. With the station, he helped in selling ad space for the CW television channel. He learned how to effectively sell advertisement spots on a local broadcast television level and loved every minute of working there. “I got the opportunity to know what it is like to work in a fast-paced and always changing environment,” he added about the marketing and sales industry. Brendan’s other internship is the position of marketing intern for The Ryan Center this coming spring of 2015. His duties will include working in a team to promote various events taking place at The Ryan Center, which he hopes will further develop his skills in marketing and event planning. Brendan was also a member of the Men’s Rowing Team his freshman year and is an assistant coach for the East Bay Rowing Club.

Sean SullivanSean Sullivan

Sean majors in Writing & Rhetoric and is minoring in both English and Journalism. He is a junior from Redding, Connecticut. Sean has not had any internships thus far, but is in the application process. He has served as both New Member Educator and Public Relations Chair for Chi Phi. Now, Sean is involved with the Interfraternity Council (IFC), carrying positions of Athletic Liaison and Director of Alumni & Archives. He is also a Civility mentor with the Office of Student Life. After graduation, Sean hopes to become a sports journalist and analyst for major league soccer.


Audrey HigginsAudrey Higgins

Audrey double majors in Classical Civilization and W&R. She is a senior from Gales Ferry, Connecticut. Audrey impressively speaks four languages other than English: Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Latin. After graduation, she hopes to find a career either in translating or publishing. She is currently the Writing Coordinator for Harari, an online secondary education school. Audrey is a creative writing teacher there, but mainly focuses on tutoring students for whom English is not a primarily language. Audrey enjoys writing and publishing books when she’s not busy with her studies. She has two books published on Kindle: “Caught in the After-Wake” and “Dwindle.” The novels fall under the categories of adventure, drama and science fiction. She is currently working on a third novel.

Rachel LanghillRachel Langhill

Rachel double majors in W&R and Sociology and is from West Boylston, Massachusetts. She is a freshman, and has not had any internships yet. In her senior year of high school, Rachel won the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Essay Contest in her region and went on to States. She is a member of the Student Entertainment Committee’s Special Events chapter. Rachel would like to get involved with “The Good 5 Cent Cigar” and complete an internship with a publishing company next year. She is not sure what she would like to do after graduation, but definitely wants a career involving writing.

Haley StampHaley Stamp

Haley is from Saunderstown, Rhode Island, and is double majoring in W&R and Business. She will graduate with the class of 2016. Last year, Haley was the social media intern for the Gina Raimondo Campaign. She created and managed a Twitter account to support the politician, in addition to writing blog posts that were published on the official Gina Raimondo website. Next spring, Haley will complete an internship with the Rhode Island International Film Festival. She is “an aspiring screenwriter [who hopes] to move to California after graduation.”


Alison FisherAlison Fisher

Alison double majors in Biology and W&R. She will graduate in December of 2015 and hopes to find a career involving grant or scientific writing. She is from Pinckney, Michigan, saying that she decided to come to URI to be by the ocean. Alison is currently working the Department of Environmental Management conducting research writing and assisting them with their website. Next semester, she will complete an independent study with Dr. Caroline Druschke where she will write profiles and produce other materials for the Parks Department.