Jamie Shum ‘17, a recent CMD graduate, will start her post-graduate career in Ruder Finn’s Executive Training Program in New York City. For over sixty years, Ruder Finn has become one of the world’s largest and leading independent public relations agencies. The agency’s highly competitive Executive Training Program, held three times each year since 1978, has been cited by the Princeton Review as one of the top professional programs in the United States.
In this program, Jamie will be an Executive Trainee for the incubator transmedia agency Bloom Group. Bloom Group is a Ruder Finn company that focuses on the technology and health sectors. Jamie will gain hands-on exposure to various facets in the public relations field and attend weekly classes held by senior staff executives and industry experts at Ruder Finn with other Executive Trainees.
At Ithaca College, Jamie had the opportunity to work as a Student Leadership Consultant at the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs (OSEMA), serve on the Senior Class Cabinet as a Give Back Committee member, assist with planning the 2017 PRSA Northeast District Conference in Corning, NY, and intern in NYC between January to August 2016, where she completed internships at Viacom (VH1), Rubin Museum of Art, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She also conducted an independent research study titled "The Effects of Personality Types (Introversion-Extraversion) on Promoting Feminism on Social Media Platforms," which she presented at the 2017 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Memphis and the Whalen Symposium at Ithaca College.
“For strategic communication students wanting to go more in-depth within their studies and interests, I highly recommend pursuing an independent study. Not only you can earn college credit towards your degree, but you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a specific topic and determine what you want to learn from your research. It’s also a perfect opportunity to develop great relationships with the faculty members here. I don’t think I would have gotten this offer if I had not done this project, with Yvette Sterbenk as my faculty advisor and mentor. I’m grateful that I did it - I was able to talk about it, along with my CMD experiences and involvements, in my interview, which I believe helped me land this opportunity! I am excited to utilize what I learned at Ithaca College in my post-graduate adventures!”