Aaron is originally from Iowa City, Iowa, but has made his way to 34 of the 50 states, plus Washington D.C. He has an enthusiasm for expanding his horizons through travel and hopes to make it to the other 16 states soon.
Aaron recently spent a summer in D.C. as an intern for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, a non-profit seeking to enhance American awareness and understanding of Arab countries, the Middle East and the Islamic faith. Before working with NCUSAR, he completed an internship with Senator Claire McCaskill’s office. He is a scholar with both the Kinder Institute and the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute. The Kinder Institute provides rising juniors and seniors with the opportunity to be immersed in American constitutional study and democratic traditions. As a Deaton scholar, he participates in a mentorship program that gives him the resources to develop feasible projects aimed at increasing food security.
If these experiences weren’t enough, Aaron is also a member of the Missouri Students Association Senate. He was popularly elected to serve as a representative for the Missouri School of Journalism for two consecutive years and is the vice chair for the student affairs committee. His leadership with MSA has made him an effective leader and helped prepare him for his role as account executive.
He also wants you to know he’s a foodie. He eats sushi every single Sunday, regardless of where he is. Since spring of 2019, he and his girlfriend have been celebrating Sushi Sundays – together when possible and individually when apart.
We love a woman in STEM! Technology has always been Allyson’s thing. She takes after her mom, who owns an augmented/virtual reality startup. From a young age, she was always told to increase her digital footprint and hop in front of new and emerging platforms. Allyson has a weakness for anything involving coding and is passionate about search engine optimization.
Allyson interned for StoryUp, a VR and AR company in Columbia. She worked with Healium, which is the world’s first augmented and virtual reality platform powered by brain waves and heart rate. The product is clinically proven to alleviate symptoms of pain, anxiety and depression.
Ally was the social media strategist for the Relevant Youth, a student-run and founded creative agency that works with real clients at the local and national level. She can never get enough of technology and SEO—she also holds an SEO internship with Veterans United this semester.
Allyson still makes time for her more artistic hobby: dancing. If it weren’t for an injury, she’d probably be a member of a professional dance company today. She received an offer to study with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and an offer from Cedar Lake, a contemporary dance company. Allyson didn’t let her injury hold her back, though. She performed with the Mizzou Golden Girls for three years.
Adrianna is a fourth-generation Mexican-American. She’s held on to her Mexican heritage as a strategic communicator. Adrianna founded and serves as president to MU’s only Latinx-centric journalism organization, Missouri National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Her organization has given her opportunities to travel, network with prominent Hispanic journalists, and form a community on campus.
Adrianna is now the communications assistant for the MU Cambio Center. The center provides knowledge and best practices to facilitate a smooth integration of newcomers and immigrants from primarily Latin American countries to the Midwest. She creates copy and visuals to help promote events. Currently, she hosts a podcast about influential members of the Latinx community.
Adrianna recently returned from Prague, where she interned with McCann Worldgroup. She had the opportunity to design a plan book outlining an entire integrated media campaign for Kozel, . . a Czech beer brand. The plan book outlined a campaign for the launch of the beer brand’s non-alcoholic line in Slovenia and Croatia.
Adrianna is also the head teaching assistant for the Intro to Strategic Writing & Design Course in Strategic Communication. Her range of experiences has helped prepare her for her job as Content Manager for MOJO. She knows how to think both creatively and strategically and uses her skills to help both sides of a team work together.
Austin’s always been illustrating, and over the course of college his interests have shifted to graphic design. He’s constantly watching YouTube tutorials to teach himself new techniques and programs, and he’s always looking at new design trends. Being in the journalism school has helped Austin develop his storytelling skills through his designs.
Austin was a creative intern at McCann Worldgroup in both Tokyo and Prague this summer. In Prague, Austin created designs for Kozel, a Czech beer brand. In Tokyo, he had the opportunity to create designs for a Spotify podcast campaign. Austin has also worked for the DSA marketing team. He created graphics and designed promotions. In addition, Austin does a lot of freelance design. He creates logos for paying clients who contact him primarily through Instagram.
Austin believes someone who is passionate about their field is always craving to know more, which is why he’s constantly pushing himself out of his comfort zone. Outside of graphic design, Austin had the chance to travel to the Sacred Valley in Peru for two weeks to build community housing.
If you need a new, rad Instagram account to follow, look up @latenightdones. It’s Austin’s design account that combines his love for illustration with his passion for donuts.
Don’t let the researcher title fool you; Cara is as much a creative as anyone. Cara is an executive board member for Mizzou’s sketch comedy troupe, MU Battlewhale. She is a comedy devotee – also serving on the executive board for MU Improv. She’s been writing and performing comedy since her freshmen year, which allows her to think creatively about her research with MOJO this semester.
She spent her summer interning in the account department at MullenLowe in Los Angeles, where she worked with the Acura account. The agency also works with other national brands, such as Whole Foods and Netflix. Cara describes her internship as one of the best learning experiences she’s ever had. She feels it fully prepared her to take on the role as researcher.
Cara had the opportunity to study abroad last spring. She lived in Madrid participated in a fully immersive program. Her curriculum was entirely taught in Spanish and she lived with a Spanish host mother. The experience strengthened Cara’s foreign language skills and helped her feel confident in saying she’s now a fluent Spanish speaker. She will forever love huevos rotos, a dish that’s essentially fried eggs, potatoes and cured ham.
Cara thinks it’s important you know she is obsessed with Halloween. This includes all things spooky: scary movies, Friday the 13th, full moons and ghost stories. On an unrelated note, Cara is also a big fan of buffalo chicken dip.
Born and raised in Florida, Carly has spent the last three years adjusting to Missouri’s less-than-desirable climate. She’s currently working on getting her Canadian Certificate of Citizenship. Her dad is from Canada, and she’s looking forward to having actual proof of her dual citizenship.
Carly loves experiencing different cultures. She studied abroad in Brussels, where she was a strategic communications intern for FTI Consulting. This opportunity opened her eyes to seeking opportunities that would allow her to live and work abroad someday. During her internship, she conducted extensive research for new business opportunities and existing clients, monitored media coverage and social media, maintained contacts and media lists and wrote communications materials like storyboards, media backgrounds, articles and boilerplates.
This past summer, she was a communications and marketing Intern for the Alzheimer’s Association in Nashville, Tn., where she assisted in marketing and branding efforts, managed digital campaigns, a social media calendar and social ads, wrote blog posts and emails and photographed events.
Now Carly is expanding her media skills as a marketing assistant to an agent at RE/MAX Advantage Plus. She manages her boss’ paid and owned social media and creates digital, print and web content. She’s also on the publicity team for the Missouri International Student Council.
Animals have always been a huge part of Carly’s life. She’s grown up fostering literally hundreds of puppies and even a couple of pigs. One of Carly’s post-grad plans includes carrying on with this tradition on her own.
Faith is a creative in more ways than one. Along with Strategic Communications, Faith is a Digital Storytelling major. She’s a director, a post-production editor and a videographer. She’s recently been working primarily on documentaries. She’s also a talented musician—she’s been playing piano since she was young and continues to take lessons to improve her musical abilities. She has a good grasp of the creative process, which makes her approach to being an account planner unique.
Faith loves to travel. She spent the previous semester taking classes at the University of Melbourne in Australia. She was also an intern for McCann Worldgroup in Prague where she worked with Czech and American students on an integrated campaign to promote Kozel, a Czech beer brand.
Now, she is an account manager for The Relevant Youth, a student-led and founded creative agency. She manages a team of students to produce work for their client, Entrepreneur Quest, the University of Missouri System’s newest program. She’s also the marketing and operations manager for Odd Bird Games, an international strategy board game company. She manages all marketing efforts, communicate with customers, coordinates shipping and payments with partners in 7 countries.
Fun facts about Faith include 1) she’s an aunt and 2) her happy place is listening to live music with her friends in a big city.
Hongyu watched a lot of American TV shows in middle school. She credits these TV shows to sparking her interest in American culture and eventually convincing her she wanted to leave Guangxi, China to attend college in the U.S. Though America is a little different from what she expected from the screen, Hongyu has really enjoyed her past three years in Missouri.
Wherever Hongyu goes, her camera goes with her. She loves traveling, experiencing unfamiliar cultures and documenting her experiences. Hongyu just came back from Tokyo, where she was able to expand her production and editing skills as a creative intern with McCann Worldgroup. She worked as a motion graphics and video producer and gained an in-depth knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite. She was also recently a production intern for Mizzou International Experience, a program designed for both local and international students who want to explore beyond classroom walls and international borders. Now, Hongyu works as a videographer for the Division of Student Affairs’ marketing team. DSA creates out-of-classroom activities to enrich students’ lives outside of school. Her experiences led her to producing the 2019 informational videos for MOJO, which inspired her to apply to be one of its next video producers.
Hongyu pulls inspiration for her videos from her music background. For her, music plays the most important role in a video. It drives the progress and gives it life.
Public Relations Account Executive
Hailing from St. Louis, Jennifer considers herself unhealthily obsessed with the city’s unique foods, entertainment scene, and eclectic neighborhoods like Cherokee St. and Lafayette Square.
She recently wrapped up an internship with Weber Shandwick in St. Louis as a consumer public relations intern – readying her for her position as the Public Relations Account Executive with MOJO Ad. Adding to her list of qualifications, Jennifer also serves as the communications coordinator for the Organization Resource Group. She writes monthly newsletters, emails and social posts and has developed a strong brand identity for ORG.
Jennifer has a passion for cultivating women’s leadership skills. Since 2016, she’s been an active member of Desire to Aspire, a mentorship program rooted in providing the social-emotional skills young girls need to explore diverse career paths and lead healthy lives. She is involved in the Women’s Leadership Conference at MU and served as the organization’s executive director from 2017 to 2018. The conference brings female leaders from around mid-Missouri to discuss the future of women’s leadership. Jennifer is also a member of the Griffiths Leadership Society which connects diverse and distinguished Mizzou female students and alumnae.
A couple of fun facts about Jennifer include: 1) she’s double-jointed in both arms 2) she’s the oldest of four children and 3) her favorite show is Friends.
Madison can taste words and reads in color. Madison has a brain condition known as synesthesia, which means her senses are cross-wired. Maybe that’s why she’s addicted to books. As an art director, Madison is able to use her unique ability to think visually and create designs that bring words and messages to life.
This summer, Madison worked for Barkley in Kansas City, as a brand leadership intern. She worked on the Missouri Lottery, Planet Fitness and Valent USA accounts. The summer before that, she worked for McCann Worldgroup in Prague, working on the Kozel account, and in Tokyo, working on the Mastercard account. Currently, she’s an account manager for Relevant Youth, a student-led and founded creative agency that works with local clients. Madison is also a Walter Williams Scholar through the Missouri School of Journalism.
Outside of school, Madison volunteers with her sorority’s beneficiary, Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center. The center provides horseback riding therapy to people with disabilities in the Mid-Missouri area. She’s always loved service trips. She participated in the Won by One service trip to Jamaica. The program builds housing, works with schools, and runs programs that support economic development. Madison is also in a business fraternity.
Growing up, Madison was a skier. She competed in regional and national alpine skiing races.
Marguerite credits her ability to understand the written word from her experience being a theater kid. She’s never stopped acting throughout her high school career. She loves portraying characters that are totally different from her because it allows her to learn about people in a unique way. It evolved into an interest in playwriting and screenwriting and eventually into a love for copywriting.
Before working as a copywriter for MOJO, Marguerite was a scripted development intern at Gunpowder & Sky, a production company in Los Angeles. She covered script submissions for both pilots and features and recommend which scripts to pursue to the Development team.
She also worked with WNET Thirteen, New York City’s public media channel previously. She worked with writers and producers on the PBS Kids’ educational program, “Cyberchase,” and worked on briefs and treatments for shows in development.
Marguerite is the co-director for a student-run organization, Mizzou Off-Broadway, a not-for-profit musical revue that allows students of all majors to continue their love for musical theater performance in college with a lower time commitment
Outside of school obligations, Margot is always trying to immerse herself in the world of creative storytelling and entertainment. She tries to watch at least one new film a week, keep up with new shows, and she reads when she can. She also loves comedy and is always looking out for new stand-up comedians and comedy writers on YouTube.