Jill Wunrow, '02
Major / Minor: Communication Processes
Organization: Milwaukee Bucks
Job Title: Community Relations Manager
Why did you choose to go into your program of study?
I choose my program of study because I had aspirations of being a sportscaster in the Green Bay television market or doing Public Relations work for a professional sports team.
When you began at UW-Green Bay, what did you expect for your future?
When I began at UW-Green Bay, I expected what I got, connections to people in my field of study, providing advice on how to achieve my goals. I was fortunate enough to eventually fulfill my dream job in the TV industry, delivering the sports to the Green Bay market.
Did you have a job/internship in your field while going to college that helped spark your interest?
While in college I was fortunate enough to have a cross country teammate that worked behind the scenes in the TV industry and helped me get my foot in the door behind the scenes as well. From there, it was up to me how much I was going to learn and experience before I graduated.
What were you involved in while a student at UW-Green Bay?
While I was a student at Green Bay, I was an Ambassador, Resident Assistant, tour guide, member of the Peer Conduct Review Board, member of the women's cross country team, intern in the Sports Information Department, member of Athletes in Action.
Where are you currently employed? Please describe your position.
I am currently employed with the Milwaukee Bucks as the Community Relations Manager. With the Bucks I serve as the liaison between our organization and the NBA league offices. In addition, I work with nonprofit organizations generating and executing programs to help their cause. I work to fulfill approximately 300 donation requests/month, organize autograph signings with our players and provide opportunities and ideas for our players to give back to the community.
How do you keep in contact with other alumni?
I keep in contact with other alumni through LinkedIn, Facebook and previously established friendships.
What advice would you have for a student wanting to enter your field?
If interested in entering the media field, keep in mind it will be a lot of holidays, weekends and nights, with minimal pay and more than likely relocating several times before you reach your goal. The most important thing is to be as versatile as you can be. The more you can do the more marketable and valuable you are, especially in times of recession.
In addition to versatility, connect, connect, connect! Your resume may land on a pile of 100+ applicants but if you know someone on the inside track, your resume will more than likely make it to the top of the pile. With that being said, no one owes you anything, earn it and pay forward what someone has done for you.
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