Quietly in the basement of Comer Hall there is an advertising and public relations agency. But AgHill Communications, AHC, isn't your typical agency because it is run entirely by agricultural communications students.
Agricultural communications senior, Emily Thompson, first got the idea for AHC after reading an article about student-run agencies. Thompson was also noticing that her peers were applying for internships with little to no real work experience.
Wanting to help her peers, Thompson drew up a proposal for AHC and met with Dr. Paul Patterson, dean of the College of Agriculture, who approved her proposal in April 2016.
AHC, a fully operating advertising and public relations firm, staffed entirely by agricultural communications students opened in April 2016.
AHC’s clients include any College of Agriculture clubs and organizations and The Alabama National Fair.
AHC staff provide social media management, graphic design, photography, videography, event planning and web management to their clients.
The mission of AHC is to give students practical experiences in design, public relations, social media strategy, writing and photography said Paul Hollis, agricultural communications academic advisor.
“It offers a non-judgmental environment where students can complete ‘real world’ work assignments,” said Hollis.
AHC operates like any advertising and public relations agency, giving staff the opportunity to experience working in an agency atmosphere.
Projects are overseen by a senior director, assistant director and account manager.
Junior, Morgan Graham joined AHC when she came to Auburn this fall to take advantage of the many opportunities AHC offers.
“I believe working with AHC will give me the hand on experience that any employer is looking for,” said Graham.
Working for AHC gives staff an opportunity to network and make contacts with people in the work force and to build a portfolio.
Thompson also hopes that the staff will have jobs lined up before they graduate.
Thompson graduates in December 2016 and will be leaving AHC. She will be taking a job as director of communications for the Ohio Cattleman’s Association.
"I firmly believe that working in this firm helped me stand out against other applicants when applying for that position," said Thompson. "And the experience I have received by being the Senior Director will only benefit me in the long run while working in Ohio."
Agricultural communications students gain real life experiences by working for AgHill Communications, the student-run and led public relations and advertising agency.
For more information about AHC, check out their Facebook page.
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