Ohio University honored alumna Paula Shugart (BSC’81) for organizing more than 60 internships in New York for Scripps College of Communication students in public relations, video, photography and web design.
“Internships provide students with an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world situations and learn the professional soft skills that will help them thrive in their careers,” said Hugh Sherman, president of Ohio University. “We are grateful to dedicated alumni like Paula Shugart who make Ohio University special because they create so many experiential learning opportunities for our students.”
Shugart is President of the Miss Universe Organization, which provides internships for students at Ohio University in New York City (more than 60 communications students have internd there).
On July 28, 2022, the Dean of Scripps College of Communication, Scott Titsworth, presented Shugart with a plaque commending her dedication to student learning. Shugart is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Scripps College. As a student, Shugart gained experience at WOUB Public Media. In 2009, she was a standout alumna during Homecoming weekend.
Some interns have long-term ties with the Miss Universe Organization, such as Jeremy Robbins (BSC’15) who continues to provide video services. During his internship, Robbins spent three weeks in Las Vegas to work on the Miss Universe 2015 pageant.
A report on Robbins’ internship in the Troy and Sydney (OH) newspapers carried the headline “Best Job In The Universe”.
Meg Omecene (BSJ ’16) experienced crisis communications work during her internship at Miss Universe in 2015. After graduating, she was hired by the Miss Universe PR agency.
“Three years after graduating, I was hired as Miss Universe’s communications director,” said Omecene, now senior manager of corporate communications at VISA in New York.
Internships at the Miss Universe Organization in New York are part of a wide range of opportunities for Ohio University students to gain hands-on experience, including OHIO-in-LA, Scripps in DC, music production masterclasses in New York and Austin, and an annual network trip to South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin in March.
Students also gain campus experience at Brick City Records, WOUB, The New Political, Variant Magazine, The Post, Backdrop Magazine, Thread Magazine, and a nationally recognized chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.