Angela De Leon
Angela De Leon was only a few weeks into her public relations internship at the Grapevine-Colleyville school district last September when she got to see crisis management firsthand.
Students were evacuated from Cross Timbers Middle School in Grapevine, where a downpour flooded the campus. De Leon, a master’s student in the Mayborn, helped district officials quickly communicate to parents and the community about the flooding situation and evacuation.
“We had to stay on topic, give minute-by-minute updates, as well take phone calls from parents and different press organizations who wanted to know what was going on,” De Leon said.
While the situation became a little stressful, De Leon said everybody remained calm and collected.
“It definitely set an example of, I guess, of keeping your composure in a situation like that,” she said.
When there isn’t a crisis to help manage, she writes feature stories, crafts press releases, gathers content for the district website and takes pictures. She learned about the internship opportunity through the Mayborn.
“I honestly think that’s been the most beneficial thing I’ve done so far in my academic career,” she said of the internship.
Before enrolling at UNT, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication with a minor in journalism from Texas A&M in 2009. She said UNT seemed like a good fit for her when she was selecting graduate programs.
“I chose UNT first because it was closest to home, and I wanted to be near my family,” she said. “Also, I’ve just always heard good things about the program, and I know it’s the only nationally-accredited program in the state.”
She expects to pursue a public relations career. She has taken Case Problems in Public Relations and the Direct Response courses. She also has enjoyed the Race, Gender and the Media class that is taught by Dr. Tracy Everbach.
“I’m always interested in what she’s teaching and she has a way of making our classes and lectures very dynamic and interesting,” she said.
Ultimately, her goal is to earn a Ph.D. and perhaps become a professor.
She is currently the Volunteer Engagement Associate at NATA, a non-profit organization.