media studies internship

New Hampshire Veterans Home Welcomes Media Studies Intern, Sara Norris

After spending four months studying and traveling across Europe, Sara Norris, a senior at Colby-Sawyer College, has begun a summer internship in communications at the New Hampshire Veterans Home (NHVH) in Tilton.

A resident of Ellsworth, N.H., Norris's studies focus on Business Administration and Communications with an interest in Public Relations (PR). This is currently her sixth summer working in Events Planning with the Common Man Family of Restaurants. She explains, “The Common Man is where my interest in PR began. I really enjoy working events, but now I am interested in what goes on behind the scenes; what it actually takes to create a successful event.”

Norris's spring semester abroad included a stay in Florence, Italy, where she studied Italian, history, business and communications. She also had the opportunity to visit Ireland, Switzerland, Germany and Africa. During this time, her interest in photography increased and she is looking forward to developing her new skill throughout the internship. As part of the internship curriculum, she will be creating a PowerPoint presentation as her final project.

Norris, who will be working closely with Jackie Bonafide, program information officer at the Veterans Home, added, “I hope to learn all aspects of PR. I would like to improve my writing skills in press releases and feature stories. I want to gain more confidence in public speaking and most of all, I would like to understand events management.”

Her responsibilities as an intern include learning how to write news releases and features, interviewing residents and staff, helping to renovate the NHVH website, and assisting with NHVH's Annual Appreciation Day on July 10 and the Fourth Annual Classic Car Cruise Night on Aug. 12. Norris began her internship on May 25 and will be at the Home for 12 weeks, three days a week. She says, “I always ask myself, 'what do I want to do when I grow up?' and hopefully this internship will help me decide that.”

Established in Tilton in 1890 as the Soldier's Home for Civil War Veterans, the Veterans Home was one of just four New Hampshire nursing homes to win the first Quality of Life Award from the N.H. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) in 2007. NHVH was recognized again in 2009 by DHHS for its continuing commitment to nursing home culture change and quality of life.

The NHVH campus is home to 200 men and women who have served their country and fellow New Hampshire citizens. The mission of NHVH is to provide high quality, professional long-term care services to the Granite State's elderly and disabled veterans. NHVH is the only long-term care facility in the Granite State that is dedicated exclusively to veterans.

-Jackie Bonafide, Program Information Officer, New Hampshire Veterans' Home