TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Two Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Journalism and Graphic Communication alumni are the first Rattlers to be admitted into the Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellowship program at public relations agency FleishmanHillard.
Kourtney Berry and Folakemi Osoba were selected as two of 19 fellows that will be spread in 11 offices across the nation. They are a part of the second class of young professionals to gain an opportunity to launch their careers in the communications industry.
“Our firm is immensely proud to offer a program that provides young professionals the opportunity to launch their careers in our dynamic industry,” said Dave Senay, president and CEO of FleishmanHillard. “I know their passion, energy and ideas will position them for success and strengthen our capabilities. I’m proud of the way they represent the critical mission of this program – to help bring a richer diversity to FleishmanHillard and the communications industry as a whole.”
The fellows will receive full time employment at FleishmanHillard. The six to 12 month fellowship includes benefits and is open to seniors, recent graduates and graduate students. Osoba was motivated by professors to apply, and after doing some research, she was enticed by the programs mentoring and training.
“I am hoping to take away new skills in public relations and ultimately a greater understanding of communications as a whole,” said Osoba, a Gainesville, Fla. native.
Osoba said she is a stronger person and has an improved work ethic because of FAMU. She credits her professional decorum on the job and skills to what she learned while at the university.
“I want to expand my network and develop professional relationships that will provide insight for my career for years to come,” said Berry, a Tampa, Fla. native. “The program has surpassed all goals I had, and the learning I have experienced has been invaluable.”
Berry said FAMU groomed her personally and professionally for the workforce. She was encouraged to get involved with the program to gain experience in a global communications firm and live to her full potential.
“This program is a great foundation for anyone interested in learning the complete business of communications,” said Berry. “I needed something that would challenge me and allow me to live up to my full potential and beyond.”
FleishmanHillard is a global communications firm that specializes in public relations, public affairs, marketing, paid media, transmedia and social content. The company has 80 offices in 29 countries, plus affiliates in 42 countries and has won numerous awards.
The program is a part of FleishmanHillard’s Diversity Matters initiative. The initiative addresses the need to have more diversity in the communications industry. A diversity council is also included in the initiative because it focuses on providing resources and direction for recruitment and retention.