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Jackson Energy hosts intern through EKU LINC program

Jackson Energy Cooperative hired an EKU student intern for the spring 2017 semester. The internship, arranged through Eastern Kentucky University’s Liaison for Improving Networks & Connections, or LINC program, produced several completed assignments for Jackson Energy and a good number of portfolio items for the student chosen for the internship, EKU senior public relations major Kaitlin Smith.

Smith added a WorkReady application, two stories for Kentucky Living magazine complete with layout for the June 2017 issue, several designed print advertisements, a social media focus group study wiht informative PowerPoint, and a media strategies reserach project to her already-growing portfolio. Jackson Energy was happy to move these tasks to the completed category and hiring official, Jamie Gaddis, Director of Community and Economic Development, was pleased with the results.

“Jackson Energy believes students are the future of the workforce,” Jamie Gaddis, Director of Community and Economic Development at Jackson Energy, said. “We are committed to ensuring that students receive valuable training through partnerships like the one with EKU.”

Other intern responsibilities for the partnership with Jackson Energy may included social media management, media relations, website design and maintenance, graphic design, interviewing, photography, research as well as other tasks.

“We believe students are a valuable asset to the community,” Jackson Energy CEO Carol Wright said. “We want to give them the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned without having to leave the region.”

The LINC program is an initiative of the EKU Corbin campus to support the work of businesses and nonprofit organizations within the university’s service region while providing students with valuable work experience.

Published on June 01, 2017

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