Anderson, Indiana

Alumna pursues law school, internship with CMG Worldwide

Mon, 2012-08-27 08:00 -- univcomm
August 27, 2012

With her Bachelor of Arts in communication arts and a minor in political science from Anderson University, Elizabeth Vincent is prepared for what opportunities await her. Since graduating in 2011, Vincent enrolled at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. After just one semester as a law student, she was offered an internship with CMG Worldwide, a marketing law organization.

“I will be a law clerk at CMG,” said Vincent. “I will assist the attorneys with letters to companies or people who infringe on CMG clients’ copyrights, trademarks, or rights to publicity.”

CMG Worldwide is based in Indianapolis and also has an office in Hollywood. During the 1970s CMG Worldwide secured its position as the premier company for representing the families and estates of deceased celebrities. Today, CMG Worldwide represents more than 200 diverse personalities and corporate clients in the sports, entertainment, and music fields.

With her dream internship lined up, Vincent is thankful for AU and those who guided her through her years here.

“The professors at AU were wonderful,” said Vincent. “The two professors I had the most classes with, Rebecca Fuller Beeler and Dr. Daniel Allen, both gave their students a lot of freedom in their projects. This allowed me to explore my interests and integrate them into issues from class.”

Vincent used her political science classes to discover international economy. She also participated in Model United Nations, which gave her the opportunity to build her vocabulary and passion for law.

She also utilized her public relations courses. Fuller Beeler, who was Vincent’s academic advisor, originally introduced her to the idea of integrating her interests in public relations and law. Fuller Beeler helped Vincent develop writing, organizational, and leadership skills, and her encouragement and advice continues to influence both Vincent’s personal and professional decisions.

“Elizabeth identified pretty early on in her time at AU that she wanted to be the kind of attorney that could be a resource for communications professionals,” said Fuller Beeler, assistant professor of communication and chair of the communication arts department. “She is a good writer and has good organization skills, but her real strength is that she is already so focused and passionate about her chosen field. The fact that she cares so much and wants to learn so badly —that drive and determination — may be the skills that most aid her in this internship.”

One of the big ways AU prepares students is through experiential learning.

“Elizabeth learned concepts and information in the classroom, but she also had lots of experiences where she was able to practice what she was learning,” said Fuller Beeler. “Our students are better prepared for life after graduation because they have spent time learning outside the classroom.”

Vincent has also had the opportunity to work with Borshoff, a PR and marketing firm in Indianapolis, and during her senior year, she was the director of Fifth Street Communications, AU’s student-staffed public relations agency.

“My internship at Borshoff, gave me a great professional foundation and insight into the PR and marketing industry,” said Vincent. “I learned to work on projects for several different types of clients and prioritize assignments while improving my writing and strategy skills. With my position in Fifth Street Communications, I learned to manage and I grew to love everything I did in the public relations field.”

Vincent is excited for the work to come. As she uses her past experiences at AU and present experiences in law school, she will continue to work toward her goal.

“Every day I learn or get to try something new and I get so excited. I want to work harder and learn as much as I can to be the best that I can,” said Vincent. “I often wonder how all my dreams are coming true and how they are more than I imagined.”

— Kayla Meid is a junior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in communication arts and theatre arts. Meid is an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.