The first Roosevelt students to be named as Al Golin fellows include (From L to R): Karina Herrera, Alondra Ibarra, Abisola Ajayi and Darryl Langston, Jr.
The new PR interns include (from left) Karina Herrera, Alondra Ibarra, Abisola Ajayi and Darryl Langston, Jr.
"Instead of going straight from the classroom to our career, the Al Golin Fellowship strengthened our transition so we feel better prepared to hit the ground running in our post-graduate PR internships." Karina Herrera BA in Integrated Marketing Communications graduate and McDonald's intern

Four new Roosevelt University graduates who recently participated in the prestigious Al Golin Fellowship program have been placed in paid internships with Chicago area companies.  

The four who recently completed Bachelor's or Master's degrees in Roosevelt’s Integrated Marketing Communications program and also attended specialized workshops in public relations as fellows during workshops led by the global PR firm, Golin, include:

  • Karina Herrera of Glen Ellyn, who will be an intern with McDonald’s Corporation in Chicago.
  • Darryl Langston, Jr. of Chicago’s South Shore, who will work as an intern with Golin in Chicago.
  • Abisola Ajayi of Evanston, who will be an intern with the IPG agency, Weber Shandwick.
  • Alondra Ibarra of Chicago’s Lakeview and past president of Roosevelt’s Student Government Association, who will be an intern with the IPG agency, Current.

Sponsored by a number of companies, including McDonald’s, Golin, Weber Shandwick and Current, the fellowship program that the Roosevelt fellows attended encourages students of diverse talents into the PR industry and honors the legacy of Al Golin, founder of the global PR firm, Golin, headquartered in Chicago.

Golin was a 1950 graduate of Roosevelt University.  He chose to attend Roosevelt because of its rare inclusive culture at the time, which appealed to him as a young Jewish man seeking his place of belonging.  He later served on the board of trustees at Roosevelt for 16 years.  During the last decade of his life, Al and his wife, June Golin, funded the Al Golin Scholarship in Communications at Roosevelt, which has benefited dozens of students from under-represented backgrounds, including low-income and first-generation Americans. The firm partnered with Roosevelt to build on Al Golin’s modern legacy.

In describing the benefits of the fellowship experience, Karina Herrera said:  “We were brought into the workplace and engaged with executives whose footsteps I’d like to follow in.  Instead of going straight from the classroom to our career, the Al Golin Fellowship strengthened our transition so we feel better prepared to hit the ground running in our post-graduate PR internships.”

The experience involved specialized PR workshops led by 15 of Golin’s senior leaders and specialists.  In learning about media, digital, data analytics, crisis management, strategic insights, creative, diversity and inclusion, and more, the four gained knowledge of today’s most relevant approaches in the PR industry.

McDonald’s U.S. Communications team generously hosted the fellows on a tour of their new headquarter offices in the West Loop of Chicago, including a visit to the global restaurant where they enjoyed tastes from around the world.  The experience brought the fellows full circle to Al Golin’s first client and Golin’s longest client relationship of 63 years.

In support of his modern legacy, Al’s wife, June Golin, and daughter, Karen Golin, attended the Al Golin Fellows celebration at Golin along with Marian Azzaro, department chair and associate professor of Integrated Marketing Communications at Roosevelt, and Fred Cook, chairman of Golin and director of the Center for Public Relations at the University of Southern California.

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