Mount St. Joseph University

How Cooperative Education Lead Mount Alum to Career Success

Arts, Humanities, Communication and New Media Studies, Alumni

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Annie Barkley Horn

While at the Mount, Annie Barkley Horn held four different co-op jobs. In addition to working as a public relations co-op in the College’s marketing office, she also worked as a communications intern for SORTA/Metro,  an intern for WLWT News 5 and as a sales support co-op for Messer Construction Co.

After she graduated the Mount with a degree in communication studies, she remained at Messer until a full-time position became available.

Career Success

Annie is now a sales support specialist with Messer, providing strategic and creative counsel, writing, design, production, and management for proposals, qualifications, presentations, bid support, and other marketing materials. She also received Messer’s 2011 Corporate Community Service Award for her work with Freestore Foodbank and Girls on the Run of Cincinnati.

Professional Development at the Mount

“Through professional development courses at the Mount, I was better prepared for the business world. Things such as etiquette, what to wear, how to act in meetings, helped me give positive, lasting impressions to the employers,” Annie says. “I truly believe co-op is essential for success after college. The competitive advantages in work ethic, professionalism and learning curves really make a difference.”