Student Interns - Communications

Adrienne Bechtel

photo of Adrienne BechtelEnglish:Professional Writing and Interactive Media Studies co-major, 2021

What I love about my majors: My majors give me the freedom to express myself and the ability to connect with people in many ways.

A role I play outside the classroom: Writer for UP Magazine, member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, and a writing consultant for Howe Writing Center

My favorite place on campus: King Library

My dream job: writing for National Geographic and working with scientists and photographers on climate change projects

A little-known fact about me: I have been to the hospital in 4 different countries.


Caroline Igo

photo of Caroline IgoEnglish:Creative Writing, 2021

What I love about my major: reading my fellow writers' work!

A role I play outside the classroom: I am the Fiction/Poetry editor for Happy Captive Magazine. I am also involved in Phi Sigma Pi, the National Honors Fraternity.

My favorite place on campus: King Library's Cafe

My dream job: nonfiction writer/author

A little-known fact about me: I once ran into Miami graduate, Paul Ryan while I was on a family vacation in Wisconsin.


Mady Neal

photo of Mady NealEnglish:Literature and French, 2021

What I love about my majors: I love my majors because I think literature and culture are the basis of any human experience, and it is important to learn how to analyze and interpret what makes us who we are!

A role I play outside the classroom: I am currently in the process of forming a literary magazine on campus devoted to creative nonfiction!

My favorite place on campus: I really like visiting the formal gardens by the Marcum Center, and though it's not on-campus, I think Books and Brews will be my new study spot!

My dream job: I want to work in publishing or as a literature professor.

A little-known fact about me: I've been speaking French since I was three years old, and I've visited over 10 countries! Next on my travel bucket list is Singapore!


Dania Puente

photo of Dania PuenteStrategic Communication and East Asian Languages & Cultures, 2020

What I love about my majors: I truly enjoy learning Chinese and Chinese culture. I love public relations and communications, and I think that implementing my Chinese knowledge will give me a lot of opportunities, so I think it's the perfect combination.

A role I play outside the classroom: Besides being a communications intern I am also a marketing assistant for the Rec Center. This year I will also be joining PR Visions.

My favorite place on campus: I love every part of campus, but I like the most spending time by Western Campus reading or relaxing.

My dream job: I feel that this might change with time but as of now, my dream job is to be a public relations director for Tesla.

A little-known fact about me: I was born and raised in Mexico City, moved to China for three years in 2012, and I have now been in the US for almost four years. I love travelling, and I've been to 23 countries and speak four languages. After graduation my goal is to go back to China.


Bethany Sersion

photo of Bethany SersionStrategic Communication and Psychology, 2021

What I love about my majors: Expression through written word has always been my favorite form of communication. Strategic communication encompasses all forms of communication, including written communication.

A role I play outside the classroom: I am a member of PR Visions.

My dream job: I want to work in PR — whether it be a firm or a sector of a company.


Bella Zarlengo

photo of Bella ZarlengoJournalism and English:Creative Writing, 2021

What I love about my majors: I love being able to express myself through creative writing and being able to tell other people's stories using my journalism skills.

A role I play outside the classroom: Kappa Kappa Gamma and The Miami Student

My favorite place on campus: Chestnut Field house/the Rec Center

My dream job: I'd love to be able to be an author of fiction novels full time.

A little-known fact about me: On my dad's side of the family I have 42 first cousins and 44 second cousins.


Rachel Zurilla

photo of Rachel ZurillaStrategic Communication and Political Science, 2020

What I love about my majors: the chance to be creative and strategic

A role I play outside the classroom: President of Phi Sigma Sigma

My favorite place on campus: the second floor of the library in CPA

My dream job: Chief Marketing Officer of an agency

A little-known fact about me: I'm really into theater and I like to sing!