PITTSBURGH—Rumi Sato, a sophomore at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has been the College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania (CUPRAP) Communications Internship Award for Students of Color. The award includes a $1,500 stipend for completing a professional internship.
Sato, a culinary arts major from Pittsburgh’s West End neighborhood, serves as an intern in CCAC’s Marketing and Communications department, working with the college’s website. She is also a student in CCAC’s Honors Program, for which her volunteer projects include baking cakes for the CCAC–North Campus International Diversity Festival and the college’s Honors Forum.
Recognizing the need to attract more persons of color to communications professions, CUPRAP, the regional professional organization for communicators in education, created this Internship Award. The program is intended to make it financially easier for students of color to obtain valuable internship experience in a communications field. Selection is based upon an applicant's academic ability, communication skills and creativity as demonstrated through work samples and financial need.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.