Junior Sarina Rhinehart is majoring in integrated marketing communications and political science. She is the communications intern at the Iowa State Capitol with the Iowa Democratic Caucus allows her to put her political science knowledge to use with the skills she has learned through her integrated marketing communications major.
Through Sarina’s internship with the Iowa Democratic Caucus, she has been able to strength her photography, video, and news writing skills. Sarina is in charge of taking photographs of the representatives to be used for press coverage. She also takes video of their speeches from the floor to post to YouTube. Each week every representative sends out a newsletter talking about what they have been up to. Sarina contributes articles for these publications. Another important skill she is learning through her internship is writing press releases. She creates press releases for the caucuses to distribute to the Des Moines Register and area newspapers from the representative’s districts.
Communication and media studies coursework and activities have provided Sarina with the necessary skills needed to prepare for this internship. Over May term, she took a video production course which has helped her to edit videos prior to publication. Through various courses such as beginning news writing and reporting, she has developed skills in programs such as Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. Finally, her experiences with the Simpsonian has given her skills in photography and as a writer.