Located in Washington, D.C., Hager Sharp was founded in 1973. The firm primarily works with education, safety, and health focused organizations. According to their website, the firm serves “to help people live healthier, smarter, and safer lives.” Hager Sharp uses marketing campaigns that do not promote products but instead promote awareness of the organization or cause the firm represents. Hager Sharp provides services in strategic planning and research, media relations, multicultural outreach, digital and social media, public awareness campaigns, event public relations, and materials development. As previously stated, the firm represents clients in education, safety, and health fields. Education clients include colleges, such as American University and Georgetown University, research organizations, such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and interest groups, such as the National Education Association. Clients in health-related fields include the National Cancer Institute, Planned Parenthood of America, and Special Olympics. Safety organizations include the Ad Council, the American Red Cross, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Unfortunately, I was not able to speak with an employee from the firm. I called around 1:00 p.m. last Thursday.
Hager Sharp offers internships throughout the year. Rather than working simply as administrative assistants, interns gain real world public relations experience. College juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply. Fall and spring interns work part-time, while summer interns work full-time. The internship is paid, with a salary of $10 per hour.
This public relations firm was especially interesting to me because of its work with education organizations. Through my public policy courses at Samford, I have become familiar with many of the education organizations that Hager Sharp represents. If I were to apply for a public relations internship in Washington, Hager Sharp would be at the top of my list.