Spending time in both the Sports Information and Admissions offices on campus, Southeast alumna Jennifer Enke has leveraged the experiences to find a fulfilling public relations career. Serving as a special events and direct mail manager for Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, she still relies upon the skills learned during her collegiate days.
“It was while working in the Sports Information office that I developed my love of public relations,” she says. “I enjoyed learning how to work with the media, students, coaches and parentsᾰskills I still use.”
With a degree in mass communication and a background in sports information, Enke left Cape Girardeau following graduation to take a two-year internship in Princeton, N.J., with the Ivy League. During this time she had the opportunity to visit each of the eight campuses and work on the 25th Anniversary of Women’s Athletics in the Ivy League, a year-long celebration. She now loves New England and the Mid-Atlantic, claiming that living in close proximity to the ocean has its clear advantages.
In her current position, Enke conducts six direct-mail appeals and manages at least six special events each year. She also oversees a group of 12 young professionals who volunteer with the organization. As one of the largest non-profit organizations in St. Louis, Boys & Girls Town assists 2,500 children each year who are overcoming emotional and behavioral issues.
“The best thing about my job is that my work generates funds that directly benefit children in need,” Enke says. “Knowing that my golf tournament or direct mail piece will go toward giving these kids a brighter future is the best reward in the world.”
Her non-profit work does not end here. Enke also volunteers with Cardinals Care, the St. Louis Cardinals’ children’s foundation.
“I help with a variety of fund raisers, including silent auctions at games, and Winter Warm-Up,” she says.
Enke attributes a lot of her success to her liberal arts education and experiences at Southeast. She urges students to take full advantage of their University Studies experience because it will provide valuable insight and academic diversity.