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Corrin Harris '17
Student at Disney internship

"My classes have provided me with so many different skills. I've tackled everything from event planning, public relations, marketing, and more that I know will put me at an advantage when applying for jobs."

During her time at Stevenson University, Corrin Harris has certainly found her connection to a career -- or perhaps more than one. The senior, who is graduating with a bachelor’s in business communication this winter, has spent her time outside the classroom participating in clubs and organizations. Her culminating experience, though, has been her senior internship this fall with the Walt Disney Company as a Vacation Planner. Upon graduation she plans to enter the field of public relations or marketing.

"Stevenson has provided me with so many opportunities, inside and outside the classroom, to acquire the skills to be successful after graduation. Between my classes and being involved in extra-curricular activities, I have developed so many useful skills such as time-management and leadership skills." In the 2016-2017 academic year alone, Corrin served as president for the Stevenson chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society; as vice president for Mission: I'm Home, a service-based organization; and as the public relations officer for ’47 House, an integrated marketing communication club.

For her first two internships, Corrin balanced academics and student activities with applying the skills she’s learned in real-world scenarios. In fall 2016, she was the public relations intern with Edie Brown and Associates, a Baltimore PR organization, helping with press releases, media pitches, and planning media parties and interviews. In spring 2017, she was the communication intern at St. Paul's School, writing social media content and designing flyers and social media graphics.

Her final internship took Corrin from the Stevenson campus for her final semester to Orlando, where she worked as a vacation planner at the Magic Kingdom theme park. "I assisted guests with finding the right-fit ticket for their vacation and provided general knowledge and information about the Walt Disney World Resort," she explains, adding that her coursework and previous internships provided her confidence to work with the public to  provide them with a magical experience during their time at the park.

Corrin credits her major with the numerous employment opportunities she’ll have after graduation. "My classes have provided me with so many different skills such as event planning, public relations, marketing, and so on that will put me at an advantage when applying for jobs."

She says that her Stevenson experience has taught her to always look for those lending a helping hand. "This lesson has mainly come from my professors, mentors, and organization advisors. Regardless of what I was going through, there was always a member of the Stevenson community there to help in any way. Stevenson has also taught me to be that lending hand for those that need one. As a member of a service organization, I was able to help those in need, and knowing that I made a positive impact in someone's life is an indescribable feeling."

"Regardless of what I was going through, there was always a member of the Stevenson community there to help in any way. Stevenson has taught me to be that lending hand for those that need one."
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