Success Story: Cynthia Huasipoma

MTV Public Relations Intern, Spring 2017

Year: Senior
Major: Public Relations
Graduation Date: May 2017
Title: MTV Public Relations Intern, Spring 2017
Company: Viacom 

Q: What inspired your success? (Can include how you obtained an internship or career, who inspired you, etc.)

A: I’ve always been inspired by growth and opportunities. My inspiration is credited to Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, which taught me a lot about success and hard work. In order to become a master at anything, one has to practice for 10,000 hours. Since January 2016, I’ve completed three internships in my field. Each internship helped me develop as a professional in the public relations field. I strongly believe we never stop learning as individuals. Thus, I accepted an offer to intern during my last semester at Montclair State. When I graduate in May, I will have four unique experiences that have prepared me for my public relations career. 

Q: What was the most valuable service or event that CART Career Services offered?

A: I obtained my first internship through CART Career Services in the spring semester of my junior year. The Career Services director helped me set up a PlacePro account, which is a database full of ready-to-apply internships. The director helped me refine my résumé format, which led me to apply to an organization listed on PlacePro. I heard back within a week, got an interview and ultimately got hired as an intern. Throughout my years as a Montclair State student, I’ve appreciated all the guidance and time the CART Career Services department has shown to their students! 

Q: Were there any faculty or staff members that were particularly helpful during your time at Montclair State?

A: Throughout my four years at Montclair State, the faculty from the School of Communication and Media have been helpful during my college career. Specifically, Janet Wilson and Stephanie Wood, have made my student experience great. No question is too small for the both of them. I’ve always felt comfortable asking them for help regarding school information and organizations. My advisor Dr. Lemesianou has always supported me through my on-campus volunteer work for SCM, my internships, and during registration time. She always made sure I was on track for graduation! 

In regards to PR, I hold Professor Larry Weiner in high regard. As a recent member of the prestigious College of Fellows, Weiner has been a wonderful mentor with many years of experience in the PR field. I’ve come to Professor Weiner with questions about applications, scholarships, interviews and my overall career. When answering questions, Weiner separates himself from being a professor and answers like a true professional mentor in the industry. He is always looking out for his students and makes sure we all achieve our greatest potential in the field. I look up to him and hope to become a successful public relations practitioner as he’s taught me to be!

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: After graduation I’ll continue to be involved in the public relations field through professional organizations and conferences. I hope to secure a full-time position at a global PR agency or company in New York.

Q: What advice would you give to current and prospective students?

A: It’s never too early to start! Internships aren’t made for only juniors and seniors. Students who are freshmen can gain valuable work experience on campus through organizations. Get involved in organizations like the Public Relations Student Society of America, Lambda Pi Eta, or Greek Life. Campus organizations have different positions such as Social Media Chair, Treasurer, Vice President and more. If you’re a student with no experience on your résumé and looking for an internship, start here.