Bryce Phillips: LS2group

What was he up to this spring?
Bryce Phillips spent spring semester in a paid, communications internship with Larson Shannahan Slifka Group (LS2group) in Des Moines.  LS2group is a bipartisan public relations, public affairs, and marketing firm.  As part of his internship, Bryce updated media lists and databases, prepared meeting materials for clients, and assisted in both the set up and facilitation of events.  He had the opportunity to collaborate with four different account teams by reviewing and researching topics on public policy, public affairs, crisis management, and government relations.  He also conducted research analysis to help provide creative solutions and perspectives for client needs.

What strengths did he utilize in his internship?
Bryce was complimented on his strong writing skills and positivity.  He was also able to think critically when assigned tasks; he felt the way Simpson faculty have challenged him in the classroom aided his ability to perform well in this area.

What did his supervisor have to say about his work?
Laurel Bruntz, Account Coordinator, shared “Bryce did a great job of “over communicating” – something we really encourage in our interns.  He always let us know when he arrived, his status on projects, when he was available for new assignments, etc.  He did a great job of improving his interpersonal skills, something that is disproportionately important at a company based on building relationships and networking.  Bryce was always willing to jump in and help on projects for which we needed interns, whether it was staffing important individuals, setting up for events, or running errands around the office.  Bryce was a great intern; we loved having him!”

How did he find out about his internship?
Bryce found out about the opportunity through Simpson College’s CareerPaths website.  This website is an online employment bulletin which features part time, full time, summer, and internship opportunities.

Why does Bryce feel it’s important for students to intern?
Bryce shared, “I feel it is very important for students to intern throughout their college career.  Being able to apply what you learned in the classroom and then share that knowledge in a professional setting is setting yourself up for success in life after college.  The biggest advantage I believe for Simpson and its students is the proximity to Des Moines.  Take advantage of the opportunities the Des Moines market provides!”

What advice does he have for future interns?
Bryce recommended, “The biggest piece of advice I would give students beginning an internship is to be open to new challenges and always maintain a positive attitude. Maintaining a positive attitude can have a huge effect on your work ethic and the people around you.  Aside from that, I would say to always remain in contact with those co-workers when you leave.  Many of these people can be used as references and help you find a full time job after college. Last piece of advice is something students have heard a million times, but building relationships is key!  You never know when you’ll run into someone you know, so always keep the door open!”

Congratulations to Bryce on his successful internship completion and on his graduation from Simpson College.  Bryce will graduate on Saturday, May 3rd having majored in Integrated Marketing Communications and Business Management.