Aiken Standard opened its doors to three students from USC Aiken for an internship this summer.

The interns are Samantha Wells, public relations and event planning; Joshua Imholte, video production; and Lizzie Abshire, news reporter.

Wells said the internship started as a requirement for school, but through the help of her mentor, Sales and Special Projects Manager Diane Daniell, it has turned into something she truly enjoys.

Wells has worked with the Bella Magazine, Charleston Fashion Week and is currently working with a nonprofit organization that sponsors a fashion show for children with cancer. These experiences positively affect her public relation and advertising connection at Aiken Standard.

Abshire has been an active member and held multiple editor positions at her college newspaper for four years and was previously the editor-in-chief of Pacer Times.

"We are excited to have Lizzie as part of our team this summer," said Holly Kemp, news editor. "She has already contributed to our news gathering team in various ways, and we look forward to our readers seeing her byline in the paper." 

“Journalism is my passion, and I’m so thankful that Aiken Standard is offering an internship in the newsroom," Abshire said. "This opportunity is truly a dream come true."

All three interns agree that the employees at Aiken Standard are extremely knowledgable and willing to answer any questions they have.

“Although at times I think I’m bothering the staff members with my questions, they always take time to share what they’re working on, which allows me to learn how they cover news,” Abshire said.

Imholte will assist James Grigsby, multimedia specialist with the Aiken Standard. Imholte will create news stories and advertisements for the Aiken Standard's website and to air on TV.

"I wanted an internship so I could put my foot in the door," Imholte said. "I love this industry, and I love journalism, and it's what I want to do for a career."

Wells not only applied for the internship to receive college credit, but also to gain experience in her field of work.

Wells said her ultimate goal would be a public relations representative for a fashion company and working for campaigns.

The interns said they are grateful that Aiken Standard offers internships where they can improve their knowledge in their field of study.

"I think the Aiken Standard is an amazing news source," Imholte said. "I'm grateful to be working for a company like them and gaining the experience and lessons they offer."

Abshire’s goal is to one day be a journalist for a newspaper and be able to use the skills she gained from her internship at Aiken Standard to inform the readers what is happening around them.

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