Jordon Zentz '13
Communication Studies Professor William Roberts: "Watching a student have an 'aha'
moment in the business setting frequently brings an 'aha'
moment to me as well."
Randolph-Macon College student Jordon Zentz ’13 is not afraid to
tackle unfamiliar territory. His decision to major in
communication studies proves that point.
“Public speaking is not one of my stronger attributes,” says Zentz, “but I decided
that a communication studies major would be beneficial in many ways.” During January
Term (J-term) 2013, Zentz had the opportunity
to further hone his communication skills: He interned at WHAN 102.9 radio in Ashland,
Virginia. Under the guidance of R-MC Communication Studies Professor William Roberts,
Zentz helped create RadiAll Radio, which is accessible via
www.live365.com, an Internet radio network that features music produced
by more than 5,000 broadcasters. RadiAll bills itself as “free form music radiating
from The Center of the Universe.”
“I uploaded the music—a mix of rock and oldies music— for RadiAll,” explains Zentz.
“I also created the RadiAll logo, learned how broadcasting works, and recorded radio
commercials, which can be heard on WHAN and on RadiAll Radio.”
“I was delighted to have Jordon as in intern,” says Roberts, who is also the general
manager at Fifth Estate Broadcasting, LLC. “The world of broadcasting is broad,
and a liberal arts education allows students to make connections between seemingly
unrelated events, and that is the heart of creativity. Jordon began to see how the
concepts he studied on campus are implemented in the work world. Watching a student
experience an ‘aha moment’ in the business setting frequently brings an ‘aha moment’
to me as well. I would encourage anyone in business to mentor a student. The payoffs
are both immediate and inspiring.”
When he’s not in the classroom, Zentz, a Gainesville, Virginia native, does a different
kind of tackling. He is a four-year member of the Yellow Jackets
football team and sees an important correlation between athletics and academics
and the skills they impart.
“Both sports and academics require discipline and time management,” he says. “With
the help of my coaches and professors, I’ve learned how to work as a team member
and how to work independently. These are skills I will carry with me when throughout
Internships, says Zentz, are valuable opportunities that help students plan for
“My internship allowed me to dive in and gain work experience,” he says. “I networked
with professionals and learned skills that will help me in any profession.”
Zentz, who is also member of
Phi Delta Theta, hopes to pursue a career in advertising or video production.
He lauds R-MC’s professors for their approachability and dedication.
“Every single class I have taken has been interesting and every professor has been
extremely supportive,” he says. “Randolph-Macon professors clearly enjoy helping
Internships are just one of the opportunities offered by
The Randolph-Macon EDGE. Within the
Center for Personal and Career Development, The EDGE
is a four-year program designed to help students identify their career passions,
compete for meaningful employment and apply to graduate schools.
For 30 years, R-MC’s Bassett Internship
Program has been successfully placing students in internships both in the
U.S. and around the globe. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and Career Development,
the Bassett Internship Program works closely with students to help identify their
interests and match them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s
alumni provide a strong network of support for students
throughout their time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with
career direction and opportunities.
Students may choose to pursue academic, paid, or volunteer internships in a wide
variety of settings; recent internships have seen R-MC students gaining valuable
knowledge and experience in fields including health care, finance, non-profit, communications
and media, education, politics and law, and the arts.