Dr. Ruth Brown
associate professor, Department of Communication, 308-325-1111 or brownr@unk.edu

Sharice Ward, a University of Nebraska at Kearney junior from Malcolm, has been selected to receive a Vance Stickell Internship from the American Advertising Federation (AAF).

An advertising major and public relations minor, Ward is one of only 20 students nationwide to be awarded one of the prestigious summer internships, which carries with it a scholarship for moving and living expenses, as well as a summer stipend.

Internship recipients are assigned to different agencies or media in cities across the U.S. Ward is assigned to Slingshot, an interactive advertising agency in Dallas, Texas.

“Fifty-four students were nominated as the best, most deserving individuals from their AAF student chapters—our most highly competitive year ever. Therefore, to be selected to receive one of these positions is impressive,” said John Murphy, Stickell Internship program coordinator.

Ward was nominated for the internship by Dr. Ruth Brown, associate professor of communication and adviser of the UNK Advertising & Public Relations Club (Ad/PR Club). Only one student may be nominated from each chapter, and thus is simultaneously named the most outstanding member of that chapter.

“Sharice is an intelligent, creative, energetic, hard-working student who will represent UNK well in the Stickell Internship program,” Dr. Brown said, noting that Ward has held an office in the Ad/PR Club for the past two years and recently was elected president for the coming year.  

To be selected for the national internship, Ward had to write an essay about her heroes, critique a print ad, send a transcript, resume´ and two letters of recommendation, in addition to that of her nominator.

The Vance Stickell Memorial Student Internship Program was established in 1989 to honor the former executive vice president of marketing for the Los AngelesTimes who was a member of the AAF Advertising Hall of Fame.  His widow Betty serves on the selection committee for the internship program.