2013 PR People Awards: Intern of the Year

Winner:  Dan Turk, BWK New York

Dan Turk has made an unusually large splash during a few short months in  PR. BWK NY President Ben Kellogg says Turk jumped in with both feet when he started a part-time internship in January, squeezing in hours at the agency between his studies as a dual major at Yeshiva University, where he’s a junior. He worked at the agency full time during the summer. He played a key role in scoring 200-plus media placements in July for the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT when it launched “4-D printing”—a method of creating components that modify themselves over time in response to changing conditions.

Turk also secured more than 15 placements for “RoboRoach,” a Kickstarter campaign to create the first commercially available cyborg, a cockroach that can be controlled via a smartphone and used to study how the brain responds to sensory stimuli. Not only did the campaign achieve high-profile coverage in Wired and Fast Company, but RoboRoach received 23% more funding than it had sought on Kickstarter, and later won the White House’s Citizen Scientist Champions of Change Award.

BWKNY has already offered Turk a full-time position when he graduates in May 2015.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Nicole Shimer, Havas
  • Malena Silva, Waggener Edstrom

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Steve Goldstein is editorial director of events for Access Intelligence’s PR News brand, which encompasses premium, how-to content, data and competitive intelligence for public relations professionals; PR News Online; PR News conferences, webinars and awards programs; and PR News guidebooks. Previously at AI Steve was editorial director of min, min ’s b2b and minonline as well as managing editor of CableFAX: The Magazine and CableWorld. Before joining Access Intelligence, he was executive editor of World Screen News, and editor of Film/Tape World, which covered film, television and commercial production in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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