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Pictured is School of Communication student Abbey Newhouse at the Pittsburgh Film Office. Photo | Victoria A. Mikula

Meet Abbey Newhouse

Major and expected graduation: B.A. in Public Relations and Advertising, 2016
Internship: Pittsburgh Film Office, fall 2015
Hometown: Bradford, Pa.
High school: Bradford Area High School
College activities: American Advertising Federation and a reporter for The Globe in 2014
Hobbies/interests: Hiking, walking, photography and drawing
Scholarships received at Point Park: Artistic Achievement, University and Dean's Academic scholarships
LinkedIn: Abbey Newhouse

How did you land your internship at the Pittsburgh Film Office?

I applied for an internship with the Pittsburgh Film Office because of previous engagements with the office. I first became involved with them when I job shadowed Steve Bittle, the communications specialist, my freshman year. I was so impressed with all that they do and the impact they have on Pittsburgh that I volunteered at their annual Oscar party following that.

"I visited a number of universities and simply felt excitement when I chose Point Park. It has a very artistic vibe and I felt it had created a culture based on creativity and acceptance."

-- Abbey Newhouse

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What were your key responsibilities as an intern?

I was responsible for a broad range of duties that were focused on supporting their marketing efforts. These included outreach to local businesses for various participation opportunities in the annual Oscar party.

Pittsburgh, often referred to as the Hollywood of the East, supports local jobs, as well as draws industry professionals to our area. Another one of my responsibilities included collecting information on area businesses as part of our welcome packets for distribution to incoming film production crews and cast.

In addition, I would help Christina McGee, our office and social media manager, with other tasks as needed, including assistance with social media.

What have you learned at this internship that will help you in your career?

I have learned how important the film industry is to Pittsburgh. I was surprised at how many local businesses are involved as part of the film production process. Also, the Pittsburgh Film Office is very lean. I learned how important it is to take on whatever task needs to be done. It was great to feel like you were immediately part of the team.

What factors led you to pursue a degree at Point Park?

I visited a number of universities and simply felt excitement when I chose Point Park. It has a very artistic vibe and I felt it had created a culture based on creativity and acceptance.

What are your career goals?

I am looking for a work environment where every day matters and I can make an impact in the success of the company or organization's mission. I have had many great opportunities leading into the fields of advertising and marketing. I think my experience in these creative fields - combined with my understanding of business - will help me find the right job here in Pittsburgh.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I have been so fortunate to have taken fun, engaging classes (i.e., the International Media class trip to Spain and Portugal) and combine what I've learned with real-world experience through this internship. I can't wait to see what I can experience next here in Pittsburgh.

Photo by Victoria A. Mikula, junior mass communication major


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