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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 East Side digs. 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 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


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 might be wondering — How does this internship work in today’s world of video calls and virtual work? Like any good communications professional, we ask you to be flexible and comfortable with ambiguity as we establish our return-to-work protocol this summer. We hope that our staff will return to in-person office work soon, but we’ll continue to offer flexibility as a key pillar of our program. Ultimately, 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?

For a lot of people, 2020 was full of challenges and adventures. It was a year during which we had to be creative and find solutions as we established our “new normal.” 2020 was a lot of things, but without a doubt, it will be a year that will be read about in history books for decades to come. 

To be considered for the 2021 Barkin McKeithan Scholarship program, we want to know — what would you put into a time capsule to tell future generations about the “unprecedented” year known as 2020? Submit an original entry piece demonstrating your creativity and professional potential. No need to write a novel or make a documentary! Just be sure to include at least one element that ties your creative time capsule to Milwaukee.

Entry examples could include: 

  • A media montage 

  • A diary, journal, scrapbook or vlog

  • An ad campaign w/ creative 

  • A poem 

  • A “TED Talk” 

  • An original Instagram page 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 senior year in the fall of 2021

  • Must be available to participate in the Mueller Communications full-time internship program in Milwaukee during the summer of 2021


Completed applications are due Monday, March 29, 2021. 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.

More information is available here.

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 Internship. In 2015, she graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations, advertising and film studies.


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.


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.


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 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.

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.

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 Goetz


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


Jesus Rivera


Jesus Rivera currently works at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a teaching assistant. 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.