SRQ Media Welcomes the Summer Internship Class of 2015

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From left to right: Anthea Rokop, Rosie Robinson, Natalie Schulte. Bottom row: Kira Forgash and Holly Mastay.

For college students, summer break should be renamed “internship break.” Long gone are the days of carefree travel and afternoons in the sunshine. Those that are seeking a seamless transition from class schedules to the working world are spending their summer days gaining valuable experience and learning the ropes in their desired profession. SRQ Media is proud to welcome seven of these highly ambitious young ladies from a mixture of prominent universities, including Florida State University, the University of Florida, the University of Miami, and the Ohio State University. With impressive resumes and an eager spirit in tow, our interns have spent their days working hard and learning the interworking of publishing. And for those here solely for the summer, we’re encouraging them to see all of Sarasota’s sights and live local. 

Meet The SRQ Interns

Anthea Rokop, Marketing Associate: Anthea is a lifelong Sarasota resident. She is a student at Florida State University and her favorite classes consist of humanities and art history. Her main interests in the academic arena are public relations and marketing. Outside of school she is interested in music, fashion, art and botany. Anthea decided to intern at SRQ Magazine because she loves publications and wanted to get involved in the process of making a magazine start to finish. Anthea is our resident musician. She plays the violin and the guitar and also enjoys spending time outside by playing tennis and gardening. Anthea plans to finish up her bachelor’s degree at FSU and get her master’s degree at a university in the UK. Here at SRQ, Anthea has worked with both the editorial and business teams. Right now, she’s assisting with the lineup for this year’s Bal Masqué event.

Natalie Schulte, Advertising Associate: Natalie is also a student at Florida State University. Natalie’s preferred subjects are are English and history. She is currently an advertising major. After college, she plans to work in advertising and marketing. She is originally from Fair Haven, New Jersey, but moved to Sarasota at the age of seven. You can usually find Natalie reading, watching movies, running and hanging out with her friends. Natalie decided to intern at SRQ Magazine because she wanted the chance to be able to work with people at SRQ since they create such an amazing publication. Natalie has worked tirelessly with our advertising team and is learning the ropes on developing sales and marketing materials.

Audra Locicero at SRQ Studios. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

Audra Locicero at SRQ Studios. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

Audra Locicero, Photographer: Audra came to Sarasota for college, and upon completion of her coursework at New College decided to intern at SRQ Magazine. A lot of Audra’s interests revolve around the natural world: she studies medical herbalism on her free time. She loves to ride her bike, make plant medicine and take walks in her neighborhood. She applied to intern at SRQ Magazine for many reasons. Her first love is photojournalistic photography–and through her internship here at SRQ, she’s able to tell a story through an image. She also wanted to intern at SRQ for a hands-on experience in how these photography skills can translate into a professional field. Longterm, Audra hopes to continue her photography skills and have a career where her partner is her camera, or own a community clinic/apothecary.

Holly Mastay, Editorial Assistant: Holly is originally from a small town north of Detroit, Michigan but moved to Venice, Florida with her parents when she was seventeen. Holly enjoys visits to the beach, hanging around the pool and finding small adventures whenever she can. With graduation from Florida State University on the horizon this December, Holly plans to move back to the Sarasota area. She is an editing, writing and media studies major and aspires to work in the journalism after college. While her dream job is to work for a wedding magazine, Holly is considering attending law school. Holly came to SRQ because she loved the branding of the magazine and jumped at the opportunity to intern with our editorial team.

Rosie Robsinson, Editorial Assistant. Rosie was born in Peterborough, England, but moved to California and then to Lakeland, Florida where she lives when she’s not at school in Gainesville. She is a senior at the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. Her hobbies consist of thinking too much about fictional characters and watching Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video. Rosie plans to be a journalist, move to New York and watch every Oscar Best Picture-winning movie. She is a huge fan of The Beatles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Orphan Black. SRQ‘s emphasis on arts and culture is what piqued her interest in working alongside the editorial team.

Shyamali Mahure (left) and Sydney Robinson. Photo credit: Shane Donglasan

Shyamali Mahure (left) and Sydney Robinson. Photo credit: Shane Donglasan

Shyamali Mahure, Marketing Associate: Shyamali moved to Sarasota when she was four. A student at the University of Miami, she is focused on graduating and getting her master’s in public health. She is a trained Indian classical dancer, which she has been working at since she was only six years old. Social justice and community issues are of critical importance to Shyamali. She enjoys cooking and baking, and also loves the TV show Friends. This past year Shyamali was on a dance team and got to travel across the United States and Canada. Wanting to learn more about how marketing relates to the publishing industry, Shyamali sought out a position on the SRQ intern team.

Sydney Robinson, Editorial Intern:
Sydney is a born and raised Clearwater native who will be entering her senior year of high school in the fall. When she isn’t editing her high school’s newspaper, The Central Voice, she can usually be found with her nose in a book, running with her cross country team or traveling. Another major time-consumer for her is managing the Best Buddies Organization chapter at her school, which is a program that fosters inclusive friendships for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Sydney was quickly drawn to SRQ’s intimate and local-based style and sought a spot as an editorial intern, as it aligns with what she hopes to be a future career option. Although she is well accustomed to Florida’s sunshine, she hopes to escape the heat and go out of state for college next year.

Kira Forgash, Marketing Associate: Kira has lived in Ohio her whole life and is currently attending school at the Ohio State University. Drawn by the never-ending sunshine and thriving philanthropic environment, she decided to move to Sarasota for the summer to see if this could be the place she’d like to call home after graduating next year. Studying communications and psychology, she plans to get a job working for a non-profit after graduation. Her hobbies include traveling and spending time outdoors, except during the frigid Ohio winters when she avoids the snow as much as possible! Kira decided to intern at SRQ because of their dedication to the local community and for the chance to learn from such a great publication.

If you happen to see these bright SRQ star interns around town, be sure to welcome them to area and wish them well in their future endeavors.

SRQ Media has a recognized professional internship program developed to provide college students, high school juniors and seniors and post-secondary graduates hands-on experience in the areas of editorial, event production, photography, design, marketing, business operations and advertising. Internships for the upcoming fall are currently available. Interested individuals are invited to send a cover letter stating their interest, resume and samples, as applicable, to internships@srqme.com.

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