Bright Headlights, Windy City

February 19, 2020

The Chicago Auto Show may have wrapped up, but the industry experience gained by nine Bradley University interns will last a lifetime. As the nation's largest auto show, these students had the opportunity to learn in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment.

Each year, Bradley University students gain real-world experience by being a part of this tremendous show. Students carry out a number of responsibilities at the Auto Show, including working with local, regional and national media, generating social media content to reach millions of people, covering press conferences, producing video content, networking with industry professionals, and assisting with special events throughout the show.

The Bradley University students who worked at the show include:

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  • Katie Magree (junior, public relations)............................Batavia, IL
  • Grace Darling (junior, public relations)...........................Cypress, TX
  • Emma Knaup (junior, public relations)............................Belvidere, IL
  • Stephanie Dean (senior, public relations).......................Tinley Park, IL
  • Haley Johnson (junior, advertising).................................Quincy, IL


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  • Cameron Irwin (junior, sports communications).............Indianapolis, IN
  • Tess Levy (junior, organizational communications).......Clarendon Hills, IL
  • Meghan Krick (senior, public relations)..........................Des Plaines, IL
  • Ishamel Rashaun (junior, public relations).....................Chicago, IL


"Our students gain so much relevant media expertise through the Chicago Auto Show. This internship gives them the opportunity to execute the skills we practice in the classroom in a real-world setting," says Dr. Rachelle Pavelko, Assistant Professor of Communication and faculty advisor for the internship.

First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks its 112th edition. The Chicago Auto Show utilizes more than 1 million square feet in McCormick Place, making it the largest auto show in North America.

Some media in Bradley University's current print, video and online materials was acquired before the COVID-19 pandemic. Media acquired after the pandemic began was done so in compliance with Bradley's COVID-19 safety protocols at the time. The ongoing safety of our faculty, staff and students is of the utmost concern during these unprecedented times.

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