Meet Johanna Thomas, a Public Relations Professional and avid film enthusiast whose marketing and social media internship with CRS ignited her desire to pursue a career in Digital Marketing.
How is your internship experience going?
It has been extremely productive and has invigorated my desire to further explore Digital Marketing and Communication as a career. The opportunity to assist CRS in their Social Media content creation and management has challenged me to become more expressive, creative and authentic. Social media is always evolving and the chance to work in this field, with CRS and fellow interns has been an amazing experience.
What are you studying and why?
I’m currently a 3rd year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Minor in Film Studies. I have worked in the field of Communication & Public Relations and wanted to further my studies. I enjoy watching films and wanted to deepen my knowledge in cinema but mainly Caribbean Cinema. I believe we have amazing stories to tell and I would like to assist filmmakers or anyone in the promotion of their ideas or concepts.
Share your projects, ideas and what you want to achieve.
I want to achieve 1st Class Honors in Communication Studies with a minor in Film Studies and graduate in 2021. To become certified in Social Media Management is a goal, so I want to attain a certification from Hubspot Academy or any accredited institution. I want to work in a production company or state agency using Digital Marketing and Public Relations to promote projects or ideas for creatives. Being part of a production team that makes a film, is also a project worth pursuing. I would also love to own a company that produces and sells local juices.
We enjoy chatting about communities a lot and we would be keen to know what you think you would like to do with regards to your community and interests.
I would love to see more activities geared towards Youth Development. I was involved in an Arts Programme in my community that introduced me to photography, film & singing and this propelled me to study communications and film. I also became a member of The Marionettes Chorale due to my involvement in that Arts Programme , so I would like to see similar initiatives that allow youth to learn and develop holistically.
What advice would you leave with future interns about doing a volunteer internship during the vacation period?
During this unforeseen time, opportunities such as internships like this are hard to come by. However, once selected absorb as much information, network, take any free and online courses but also put what is learnt into practice. Being able to work remotely and still receive hands-on experience during the vacation period can give one the edge needed to secure employment or stand out amongst your fellow colleagues.