Local Ashland University Business Student Interns in New Zealand

Local Ashland University Business Student Interns in New ZealandLocal Ashland University Business Student Interns in New Zealand
Erynn Franks poses with two of the large letter Es during her internship at a New Zealand company this summer.

9/12/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Erynn Franks, a senior marketing major from Ashland, traveled to Wellington, New Zealand, this summer to serve as an intern for the marketing team at Capital E.

Capital E is a non-profit organization whose goal is to ignite the creative spark in young people through digital workshops, live performances and events.

During Franks’ six-week internship she worked on many projects, with the biggest helping to market the Big RevEal, the opening of Capital E’s new building. Recently, Capital E had to change building locations due to an earthquake. New Zealand has roughly one earthquake a day.

Franks said the internship gave her experience in social media marketing, distribution, content writing, organization and creative thinking.

“The most memorable part of my internship was the photo shoot with the large letter Es, which are made to represent the company,” Franks said. “We had multiple fun, whimsical Es made by local art students and invited children to model with them. It was a challenge to keep everything organized and flowing, especially working with children. But it was also fun and a completely different experience from anything I have done before.”

Franks also worked on a selfie-scavenger hunt with those fun, whimsical Es. The scavenger hunt was a promotional event for the Big RevEal, as well as Franks’ co-workers way of showing her the most iconic spots in Wellington.

Franks organized her internship through the CISabroad program, with the help of the Global Education Office. She was able to get academic credit by following the College of Business and Economics internship guidelines.

Ashland’s Dauch College of Business and Economics is among select few business schools that require an internship for all of its Bachelor of Science students regardless of major. Franks was among approximately 100 business students who completed their internships in 2013-2014.

“Interning aboard was an eye-opener. It made me step outside my comfort zone. Not only did I have to learn about the everyday culture in New Zealand, which is super friendly, but also the work culture in New Zealand, which is independent,” Franks said. “I would highly recommend interning aboard. It teaches you to live and work in a different culture and see material from your international classes come to life. All the hard work of getting there and being there is all worth it.”

Franks is the daughter of Heather Kiser-Franks from Ashland. She is a 2011 graduate of Ashland High School and is involved in Theta Phi Alpha and Enactus on campus. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in marketing and minors in creative writing and information systems, she plans to seek a career in creative marketing.

Students interested in doing an internship abroad should contact Global Education office by emailing global@ashland.edu or calling 419.289.5870.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###