The students will join two other Grady undergrads to work with Grady leadership and Jackson Spalding, a public relations and marketing agency that was selected as the Grady College’s public relations firm of record in June.
Moder, from Norcross, graduated from Norcross High. She is currently studying public relations at Grady College. She is a member of the Dean William Tate Honor Society, serves on the UGA Student Alumni Association, is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and participates in community outreach with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Moder served as a marketing and communications intern at Herschend Family Entertainment in Norcross, working directly with CEO Joel Manby. She has also worked with St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sandy Springs as a marketing and public relations intern.
Wickey, from Buckhead, graduated from Whitefield Academy. He is a graduate student at Grady College after receiving his bachelor’s degree in advertising and new media interdisciplinary certificate from the college in 2009. Since graduating, Wickey has started a firm, The Bomb Sommelier, and worked as the marketing director at The Wine Loft in Jackson, Wyo. He was also a host, webmaster and programmer at Jackson Hole Community Radio and has held three other internships. He will complete his graduate studies in mass communications and telecommunications in 2013.
Moder and Wickey will promote the Grady College through day-to-day communication tasks, often while working at Jackson Spalding’s Athens office in a learning lab environment. The interns will receive direct mentorship from industry professionals while fine-tuning their skills through work for Grady College.
“The opportunity to work at an established communications firm provides our students with a real world translation of the disciplines being taught every day in the classroom,” said Grady College Dean Cully Clark. “We owe a lot of thanks to Dick Yarbrough for partnering with us on this opportunity. He understands how relevant work experience can enhance the value of an education here.”
A 1959 graduate of the University of Georgia, Yarbrough served as the vice president for BellSouth Corp. and was also the managing director of communications and government relations for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. He currently is a syndicated newspaper and magazine columnist, reaching more than one million homes in Georgia each week.