School of Journalism & Graphic Communications student Asya Griffin was awarded 2023 PR Intern of the Year by the Capital Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. Griffin currently serves as an intern at the Leon County Property Appraiser’s Office in the Public Relations Department.
The award seeks to recognize a student or recent graduate who demonstrated exceptional performance, professional growth and a dedication to improving their marketing and communications skills throughout their internship, according to the FPRA.
Griffin was announced intern of the year during FPRA’s Local Image Awards on April 27.
“I was excited to be nominated, but to win overall was the best feeling in the world,” Griffin said. “I was against other PR interns from other agencies and [they were] a very great batch. So for me to get the award, that truly shows that hard work and dedication truly pays off.”
During her internship, she developed social media content to increase engagement with local homeowners and to communicate information about Florida’s homestead property tax credits. She’s currently assisting with a fellowship research project where she created door-to-door surveys for Tallahassee homeowners and helped to coordinate outreach events.
“Today’s students are tomorrow’s business and community leaders,” said Leon County Property Appraiser Akin Akinyemi in a press release. “By providing students with opportunities to gain real-life, hands-on experience in their fields of interest, we help to ensure a more experienced and educated workforce exists to support the needs of future generations.”
“We are proud to see Asya’s contributions recognized by FPRA,” he said.
Griffin was selected by Akinyemi to serve as a Fellow in the 2022-2023 Fellowship for Innovation and Excellence in Property Assessment.
“Coming in I knew PR, but now I have a better understanding of it, especially at the corporate level,” Griffin said.
She details her internship as a “great experience” as she learned the strategy needed to execute a successful PR campaign, event planning and how to build relationships with stakeholders.