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Sara K. Portoghese 306 Turkey Run • Winter Park, FL 32789 • (407) 718-8902 OBJECTIVE

To utilize my knowledge and skills in the communications field to obtain a full-time position in public relations by EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Elon University, Elon, NC Major: Communications–corporate emphasis Minor: Professional Writing GPA: 3.85 Study Abroad: Studies in London, Science

Expected Graduation May, 2009

Winter 2007


Live Oak Communications, Elon, NC Team Leader  Managed business to customer relations for a local NC winery  Wrote, edited and distributed an electronic newsletter to 700 customers  Filmed and edited a promotional DVD about the winery Rollins College, Winter Park, FL Public Relations Summer Intern  Helped create and edit summer newsletter  Wrote press releases, media alerts and maintained a press database  Interacted with media and helped organize campus events

Spring 2008, Fall 2008

Summer 2008, 2006, 2005

Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL Public Relations Summer Intern  Wrote news releases and assisted with regular media visits  Assisted in planning and hosting several major news conferences on site  Wrote articles and interviewed employees for the bi-weekly newsletter Kopper Top Life Learning Center, Burlington, NC Public Relations Intern  Created print advertisements and DVD on horseback riding services  Wrote news and feature releases  Created a media kit and public service announcement (PSA)

Summer 2007

Spring 2007


Live Oak Communications, Assistant Director  Assisted with weekly meetings, helped teams with clients, and oversaw agency budget School of Communications Student Advisory Board  Appointed to serve as a liason between the students and the dean of Communications Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)  Networked with professionals and participated in on-campus public relations events Elon Student Television Public Relations, Director  Created and implemented publicity for Elon’s four television shows University Guides  Represented Elon in a professional manner by giving student and parent tours

Fall 2007 2006-Present 2005-2008 2006-Present


Honors Thesis: The Social Media News Release: A look at the evolution of the news release in the age of new media Communications Research: Sustainability at Elon Focus Group Analysis & Sustainability at Elon Survey Research Lambda Pi Eta: Presentation at Southern States Communication Association Conference, “The Impact of Honor Codes on College Campuses”



Honors Fellow Presidential Scholar Phi Kappa Phi- All-Discipline Honors Society Lambda Pi Eta (Secretary)–Communications Honor Society Phi Eta Sigma–Freshman Honors Society President’s List–4 semesters Dean’s List–2 semesters SKILLS

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Final Cut Pro, Dreamweaver, iDVD, iMovie, Mac OS X, database research, writing for the media and public relations

2007 2008


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