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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 in our stunning new home inside the Milwaukee Fortress Building. Even better? You won’t spend your days here organizing files or fetching coffee. You’ll gain real-world experience to help you accelerate to the next phase of your career.

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 office space inside The Milwaukee Fortress 

  • On-site amenities, including a workout facility, courtyard and rooftop deck to enjoy summer days and Happy Hours 

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


Mueller Communications is a full-service communications and marketing agency located in Milwaukee. We work across the entire communications spectrum, so whether an organization has good news to promote or a challenging situation to manage, our team of experts can develop a solution to meet their needs. We provide a diverse set of services and have an equally diverse client roster of organizations of all sizes, across all industries — all with a shared connection to or love of our community and our state.   


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 might be wondering: How does this internship work in today’s hybrid world of virtual and in-person work? Like any good communications professional, we ask you to be flexible and comfortable with a little bit of uncertainty as we continue to navigate the ever-changing health and safety landscape, while always doing what’s best for our team and clients. We continue to offer flexibility as a key pillar of our internship program, so we’re looking for a self-starter who isn’t intimidated by making the most of a hybrid virtual/in-person environment.

Want to Join us?

We aren’t shy about loving our hometown of Milwaukee. But we agree with most, that we need to be better ambassadors for our city.  We need to lead with what we love, instead of justify the bad weather. We need to better articulate why we choose to make Milwaukee home and why we think others should do so too.

To be considered for the 2024 Barkin McKeithan Scholarship program, we want to know: why do you choose Milwaukee? Based on your experience what makes it uniquely different and better than other place? Submit an original entry showing us what you love about Milwaukee.

No need to write a novel or make a feature-film! Some entry examples could include:

  • A travel blog/vlog or personal journal

  • A podcast

  • A listicle or infographic

  • A poem 

  • A “TED Talk” 

  • An original TikTok, Instagram or Twitter account

  • The possibilities are endless!


In addition to your entry, please include your resume and a one-page cover letter that includes your name, the title of your creative project and a brief description, as well as a brief explanation as to why you would be a good addition to the Mueller team. Letters of recommendation are encouraged but not required.


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 junior or senior year in the fall of 2024

  • Must be available to participate in the Mueller Communications full-time internship program in Milwaukee during the summer of 2024


Completed applications are due Friday, April 5, 2024. Please send your creative submission to If your entry requires a physical hard copy submission, please email us to determine the best way to deliver your project.


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Soraya Keiser 

A summer internship at Mueller Communications was a great opportunity for Soraya Keiser, a current senior at Bethel University, to put her education in journalism and international relations and her experience as a reporter and editor for both newspaper and magazine, online and print publications into action.  Following her summer internship, Mueller Communications was pleased to recommend Ms. Keiser in her pursuit of a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study and teach abroad post-graduation.



Nicole was our 2022 Ben Barkin scholar and wowed us all with her work ethic, her enthusiasm and her desire to be in the office each and every day at a time when many people are still choosing to work from home! Nicole graduated from Marquette University with a degree in corporate communications and currently works for Good Karma Brands as a Partnership Development Specialist.


Kiera Sona

Hear from Kiera about her time at Mueller here.



Hear from Micah about her time at Mueller here.


Evita Evers


Evita Evers was the 2020 Ben Barkin Scholar. Ms. Evers is currently enrolled at Mount Mary University, studying communication and justice, with a concentration in public relations and has plans to attend law school after graduation.




Lauren George currently works at Mueller Communications full-time as a Client Manager after completing the Ben Barkin Internship. Lauren graduated from Marquette University in May of 2020, with a degree in public relations, history and political science.



Jesus Rivera currently works to educate future communicators at Edgewood College in Madison. 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.


Savannah Akinsanya


Savannah Akinsanya works as a Program Manager at Salesforce 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.


Mary Dechant


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


JULIA Schmeling

Julia Schmeling is currently a Senior  Manager in the supply chain area with Walmart.  After several years working in public relations at Kohl's, Julia secured her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. 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.


Rachel Berkowitz

Rachel Berkowitz currently works as a Vice President and Senior Marketing and PR Specialist for Baird. Prior to this, Ms. Berkowitz continued to work at Mueller Communications full-time after completing the Ben Barkin Internship. In 2015, she graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations, advertising and film studies.


Lauren Peter


Lauren Peter recently achieved her Certified Financial Planner designation and serves as growth and development director  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.




Heather Laing is currently senior director of strategic initiatives at Tory Burch in New York City.  Prior to this, Ms. Laing spent several years as 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 

Heather Laing

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