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Georgia State: O’Neill Communications Launches Internship Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Through IDEAL Program

O’Neill Communications, an interactive marketing and communications agency, has launched a paid internship program for students with intellectual disabilities in partnership with Georgia State University School of Public Health’s IDEAL Program.

The Inclusive Digital Expression and Literacy (IDEAL) Program is an inclusive post-secondary program for students with mild intellectual disabilities. IDEAL is focused on the development of media literacy, storytelling, and media production skills to develop students’ communication skills and media maker voice.  The program is housed in the Center for Leadership in Disability in Georgia State’s Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development.

“These students are energetic, driven, and want to learn. With their training in media, communications, and storytelling, it is a perfect partnership. They bring new ideas and new energy to the role and develop their skills in a professional environment, contribute to many of our projects, and develop their portfolio,” said Ms. Devika Rao, president of O’Neill Communications. “We are very excited to partner with IDEAL and be a part of the students’ professional journeys.”

The internship is six-months long and involves curriculum training on all facets of marketing and communications and working on client projects. The intern will then develop a capstone-like communications project under the supervision of the team to complete the internship.

“The O’Neill team has been incredible to work with. This internship provides purposeful on-the-job training and meaningful work experience,” said Ms. Spenser Norris and Ms. Mackenzie Suttles, coordinators of the IDEAL program, in a joint statement.

Learn more about the partnership.

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