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Barkin McKeithan Scholarship

At Mueller Communications, we work behind the scenes to bring our clients’ stories to the forefront and use communications tools to solve complex problems.


Now, we want to know the scoop on you. 


Mueller Communications is searching for its next rockstar summer intern. If you’re reading this post, you’ve just uncovered an amazing opportunity to receive a $2,000 scholarship and a full-time paid internship at our historic (and might we add, lively) East Side digs. Even better? You won’t spend your days organizing files or fetching coffee, here. You’ll gain real-world experience to help you accelerate to the next phase of your career.

Mueller Communications is Milwaukee’s leading legacy PR firm. Our team of smart-as-a-whip professionals has extensive experience in research; strategic communications; crisis and corporate communications; government and public affairs; and digital content marketing. We stem from a diverse range of backgrounds but we’re all problem solvers at the end of the day.    


With Mueller, you’ll get the opportunity to work with some of the region’s most influential players, from national healthcare organizations and retailers to beloved cultural institutions and community organizations, and everything in between. In a single week, you might draft a press release, attend a news conference, build a marketing campaign, write ad copy, or help out with a video shoot. Two days are never the same. We take pride in the great work that we do, but we’re even more proud working in this city knowing we’ve made a real impact. We know you will, too.

You'll also enjoy

other perks, such as:

  • A flexible work schedule 

  • Professional development lunches 

  • A fully-stocked kitchen 

  • Attendance at luncheons and other special events

  • A beautiful balcony to enjoy summer days and Happy Hours 

  • East Side location near the restaurants and walking trails 

  • A warm and welcoming team of mentors to help you build your professional career

Want to Join us?

This year, Milwaukee is set to take the stage for the Democratic National Convention. Publications such as Forbes and Vogue have called Milwaukee a “hidden gem,” as well as one of the next big travel destinations for a leisure getaway. 


To be considered for the 2020 Barkin McKeithan Scholarship program, we want to know about your favorite hidden Milwaukee spot or activity with an original entry piece. You don’t have to write a novel or make a feature film — just find your **creative** zen and demonstrate your professional potential with your unique submission.

Entry examples could include: 

  • A media campaign (press release, mock news conference, broadcast, or original article) 

  • A narrative essay 

  • A vlog video or series  

  • An ad campaign w/ creative 

  • A poem 

  • A “TED Talk” 

  • The possibilities are endless! 


In addition to your entry, please include your resume and a one-page cover letter that includes your name, project title and brief project description, and a brief explanation as to why you would be a good addition to the Mueller team. 


You must also meet these requirements:


  • Enrolled as a full-time student at a Wisconsin college or university, or be from Wisconsin if you’re enrolled out of state;

  • Entering senior year in the fall of 2020; and

  • Must be available to participate in the Mueller Communications full-time internship program in Milwaukee during the summer of 2020.


Completed applications are due Wednesday, March 27, 2020. More information is available here

Heather Laing


Heather Laing is currently an Associate at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting company in Chicago. Before joining McKinsey & Company, Ms. Laing worked at KB Partners, Ross Stores, Inc. and Macy's Department Store. After completing the Ben Barkin Internship, Ms. Laing graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and went on to continue her education at Harvard Business School in 2016.

Lauren Peter


Lauren Peter is currently a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual. After completing the Ben Barkin Internship, Ms. Peter worked with Autism Speaks- Wisconsin/Iowa, Best Buddies International, Mandel Group, Inc. and the Milwaukee Bucks. Ms. Peter graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations, marketing and economics.

Rachel Kern


Rachel Kern currently works as the Public Relations Coordinator for Baird. Prior to this, Ms. Kern continued to work at Mueller Communications full-time after completing the Ben Barkin Internships. In 2015, she graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations, advertising and film studies.

Julia Markun


Julia Markun is currently a Senior Public Relations Coordinator at Kohl's. After completing the Ben Barkin Internship, Ms. Markun worked as an associate
full-time at Mueller Communications. Ms. Markun graduated from Marquette University in May 2016 with a degree in public relations.

Mary Dechant


Mary DeChant currently works as an Account Executive at BVK. After completing the Ben Barkin Internship, Ms. DeChant went on to intern at Hoffman York and Walt Disney World. Ms. DeChant graduated from Marquette University in 2017 with a degree in public relations, advertising and applied communication.

Savannah Akinsanya


Savannah Akinsanya works as a Diversity Events Specialist at Lyft in New York. Following her internship at Mueller Communications, Ms. Akinsanya worked for the Indianapolis Colts and Sparks. Ms. Akinsanya graduated from Ball State University in 2018 with a degree in public relations and marketing.

Jesus Rivera


Jesus Rivera currently works at Kane Communications Group as an associate. Following his internship at Mueller, Mr. Rivera worked as a Law Enforcement Public Relations Contractor and as a Media Relations Specialist for the Milwaukee Police Department. In May of 2019, Mr. Rivera graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a degree in communications.

Lauren Goetz


Lauren Goetz is currently an Associate at Mueller Communications after completing the Ben Barken Internship. Ms. Goetz graduated from Marquette University in May 2020 with degrees in public relations, history and political science.

Evita Evers


Congratulations to Evita Evers, our new 2020 Barkin Scholar! Evita is a senior at Mount Mary University double majoring in Communication and Justice with a concentration in Public Relations.

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