RJL Solutions, a local public affairs firm, recently hired three summer interns: Anwyn Payonk, a senior from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College; Ashley Salesman, a senior from Indiana State University; and Abigail Wilson, a senior from Indiana State University.
“RJL Solutions seeks applicants who exemplify leadership qualities because every RJL employee is a leader on their own. Our interns support our mission to advance Indiana communities as well as take initiative in their daily tasks,” states Anna Madden, Assistant Director of Strategic Communications. “RJL’s internship program provides professional development and elevates individuals. We give them great opportunities through hands-on experience. Our interns take on high-level work that a lot of other places don’t allow interns to do. We choose leaders because we have opportunities for them.”
Anwyn Payonk, of Champaign, Ill., public relations intern, provides support to RJL Solutions in copy editing, writing and researching. Anwyn is currently pursuing a degree in English with minors in professional writing and women’s studies. At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, she gained experience as a writing tutor and Learning Resource Center assistant as well as serving as a Student Senate representative. After graduating, she hopes to earn an MA and eventually a Ph.D. in the literature and writing field.
“I love the foundation of RJL and what it stands for,” states Anwyn. “As a certified woman-owned business, it is empowering and motivating me to expand my knowledge and skills not just as a writer but as a young professional.”
Ashley Salesman, of Terre Haute, Ind., marketing and design intern, supports the team in social media management, content creation and website design. She is currently working towards a degree in communications with a minor in marketing. Along with RJL, Ashley works as a marketing specialist at Gibson Real Estate. At ISU, Ashley is extremely involved, serving as Zeta Tau Alpha historian, State Dance Marathon captain, and a National Honor Society member. When Ashley graduates this December, she hopes to continue working in marketing in the Terre Haute area.
“RJL has offered me the tools for success,” stated Ashley. “I am able to strengthen my design and marketing skills while maintaining and improving relationships with members of our community.”
Abigail Wilson, of Beecher, Ill., advocacy intern, assists RJL in grant research and government relations and is learning more about lobbying and policy. Through her work with Vigo County’s CASA, she found her passion for advocacy and helping people. Abigail is currently working toward a degree in public health and pre-law. After graduation, she will be joining the Indiana National Guard. She, then, is aiming to continue a career in advocacy by studying law.
“I’m excited to continue advocating and networking through RJL,” states Abigail. “I love that the mission of RJL is to bring a voice and platform to communities that need it. There are so many great businesses and services that deserve the necessary resources to bring them to their fullest potential.”
Fondly referred to as Triple A in the RJL office, all three interns began their internships working remotely, due to COVID-19. This week, they were able to join the team in the office and will continue their internship through the end of July.
“This group of interns are advanced college students. Each of them reflects the best of their respected colleges,” Madden continues. “I find value in leading future leaders. They are collaborating and gaining experience with the entire RJL Team. I’m excited to witness how they’ve accepted the challenges that COVID-19 has thrown their way and how they adapt and grow as leaders.”