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Communicating Clearly

Mizzou connection helps MU senior land internship at Fox.

Kayla Knierim and Kelsey Brown

Fox Sports Midwest Girl Kayla Knierim, BGS ’10, and MU senior Kelsey Brown at the MLB All-Star Game July 16, 2013. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Brown.

Kelsey Brown wasn’t nervous when she answered the call from the president of Fox Cable. She had been preparing for this presentation since the start of her summer internship at Fox. In a room of 150 employees, the MU senior communication and business major confidently explained why Dick’s Sporting Goods should advertise on Fox. From making pivot tables in Excel to hobnobbing with higher ups, Brown felt at home in the Fox ad sales department.

The Eureka, Mo., native always knew she was a good public speaker — she’s on the Mizzou Tour Team and is president of the Intercollegiate Communication Organization of Mizzou — but she wasn’t sure how to turn her interpersonal skills into a career.

“I’m more of a people person and less of a writer,” she admits.

Brown credits a lot of her success to Michael Mulvihill, BA ’94, a communication department advisory council member and senior vice president of programming and research for Fox Sports. Mulvihill knows how a great internship can make all the difference come graduation day; he interned at Fox in 1993 and has been with the company ever since.

Brown also received a $1,000 scholarship from the advisory council to encourage her to take an unpaid internship that would give her a jump-start on a career.

“The internship experience is hugely important to anyone who wants to work in media,” Mulvilhill says. “It almost can’t be overstated. For me, the internship [at Fox] changed my life.”