RHS Senior Goes Behind the Scenes for Summer "Edternship"
September 11, 2018
Radnor High School Senior Amanda Magen Goes Behind the Scenes During Summer "Edternship" with RTSD Communications Department
Radnor High School senior Amanda Magen thought she might finish her summer interning with the Radnor Township School District Communications Department with real-world experience in public relations, website design, and photography. What she didn't expect was learning about what helps the district function out of sight.
“It was really interesting to see the behind the scenes work that I hadn’t really considered before," Amanda said. "It was neat to be a part of that.”
Amanda came to the district's Communications Department in June through the Radnor Alumni Council and Radnor Educational Foundation's "Edternship" program. Since 2014, the program has provided students with internship opportunities at local businesses. Most recently, students were matched with more than 30 businesses in the fields of Architecture, Entertainment, Business, Computer Science, Government, Medicine, and more.
"This is our second summer working through the Edternship program to bring a student into our office," director of communications Michael Petitti said. "Whenever we can provide students actual experience in the communications field, we want to try and make that happen."
During her edternship, Amanda wrote and published original articles on Radnor High School teacher Carl Rosin and the 9th-grade orientation program Freshman FUNdamentals; photographed Kindergarten Bus Orientation and RHS seniors painting the Field House; helped design the district's new How to Stay Connected and Lunch Menu webpages; and cataloged the district's 2017-18 media coverage, among other communications-related tasks.
"I really liked that I got to do a little bit of everything," said Amanda, who worked in the Communications Office several days a week for most of the summer. "I learned how to interview people, take photos, and write press releases. I also learned office things like how to use the copy machine. It was really good to learn how to work in an office."
"Amanda was such an asset to our department," Petitti said. "She was enthused and ready to help from day one, not only taking on a range of projects but also lending us a student's perspective, which is always beneficial. She has a very bright future ahead of her, regardless of whether she chooses to pursue a career in Communications."
“This was definitely a good learning experience," Amanda said. "I really don’t know what I want to do in the future, but this kind of job was good exposure because there’s a bunch of different things you can do. I really liked getting a spread of different opportunities.”