by Alex Jackson
In preparing for my future career, I worked as a summer intern with the
MUSC Office of Public Relations. As a communication student at the
College of Charleston, I was familiar with broadcast media through the
college’s radio station. However, I wanted to learn more about print
Public Relations intern Alex Jackson escorts the media and others to a press conference.
My first writing assignment for The Catalyst included interviewing the
director of Occupational Safety and Health regarding hospital
recognitions. I was nervous about my interviewing and writing skills,
but the office staff was helpful in guiding me through the process.
Even though I had taken some writing courses in school, it was
different writing for a weekly university hospital publication.
I grew more comfortable with my writing technique and enjoyed receiving
new assignments. I met with middle-school to college-aged students who
were interested in careers in health care. I discovered that the
hospital provides many career exploration programs for students and
it’s a great opportunity for students to get a glimpse of the working
My most memorable story that I wrote was about my mother, Sherron M.
Jackson, M.D., a pediatrician in the MUSC Pediatric Sickle Cell
Program. Nominated by her younger sister, my mom was recognized by
Kraft Foods as part of the “100 Extraordinary Women Campaign.” It was
an honor to write about my mother, because she does so much for her
family, friends and community.
My experiences this summer allowed me to better understand the
profession I am pursuing and also make a contribution to the teaching
hospital community. It was an invaluable opportunity, because it taught
me more than just writing skills, but practical lessons that will be
useful throughout my career in journalism.
Friday, Dec. 5, 2008