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After graduation, Chelsea Wortham will go to work for Google, where she previously interned.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 02, 2014) — Chelsea Wortham will receive her University of Miami diploma with quite a feather in her cap.

The School of Communication graduate will leave Miami with a full-time position at Google as an associate account strategist, helping with the company’s advertising and customer service efforts.

Wortham, who majored in Public Relations and English and has a minor in marketing, has a wealth of interests including fashion, literature, writing and marketing. But she credits her success to careful career planning and working at crucial internships that taught her the craft of communications and networking early on.

As a freshman, she walked into the UM Toppel Career Center and took advantage of their seminars on how to successfully conduct job interviews. She found an internship as Victoria’s Secret PINK campus representative which gave her the chance to do brand marketing and social media outreach for the company with UM students.

Another opportunity came up to intern at UM’s Media Relations office where she spent 15 hours a week learning the ins and outs of writing press releases, conducting interviews, staffing major events and pitching stories to mainstream press outlets.

“This internship was the most transformational for me,” she said. “I started as a 17-year-old from Atlanta who was new to Miami, new to college, and extremely shy. However, the team in media relations really embraced me and through several assignments I learned how to write a story and how to tell it to media.”

Her quiet but professional ways paid off when in her junior year she pitched the story of Jennifer Rodriguez, the Olympic medalist and UM grad, to local media and got it in The Miami Herald and a local television station. Last summer, she garnered an internship at Google where she worked with a community relations team in offering free advertising help which included writing case studies for non-profits. Her performance there led to the full-time job offer.

“It sounds like a cliché but UM has prepared me for life,” said Wortham, who graduates with an award for Outstanding Student in Creative Writing . “I think the school offers the best in academics, allowing students to really think, and think critically.”

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