GCIP Intern Spotlight


University of Georgia student, Kristin Witcher, Interns with Athens-Clarke County’s Public Information Office

Marketing major, Kristin Witcher, did not know much about county government prior to her internship with Athens-Clarke County’s Public Information Office aside from the basic layout of her local county government. However, upon the completion of her internship, Witcher felt much more comfortable with county government, recognizing the intricacies of zoning and rezoning regulations, as well as the importance of commission meetings in deciding what projects are ultimately approved and disapproved.

During the course of her internship, Witcher assisted the Public Information Office in recording a series of informative videos on a variety of topics. Additionally, she traveled around Athens-Clarke County to take photos of various county-run camps and facilities and made presentations highlighting the work being performed by the county. When asked about her most significant success, she noted that it was assisting with the creation of a video that stressed the importance of wearing sunscreen.

The best part of the internship for Witcher was interacting with the employees of the manager’s office, in that she believed that the employees genuinely cared about the county and its constituents, and as such, she was glad that she had the opportunity to work with them. Throughout her internship, Witcher gained significant knowledge in the art of video making, learning a lot about the importance of lighting and audio in filming. She also enjoyed learning about the different ways in which to create video content.

For Witcher, the future might not hold a career in county government, as she desires to work in marketing in the private sector. However, she still values the opportunity that she had to learn more about county government and the skills that she gained in the process.

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