Indiana University Media School senior Aspen Schopp has been named the first Tom Hirons IU Media School intern, an internship program made in partnership with the IU Media School in honor of Tom Hirons, founder of Hirons.

Schopp is a senior studying public relations and advertising. Her previous experience includes an internship with the Wonderlab Museum of Science, Technology and Health and participation in the PRSSA Bateman Case Study Competition.

The Tom Hirons IU Media School Internship includes the opportunity to experience agency operations and engage with community leaders, with an emphasis on individuals or organizations with which Tom Hirons has had a significant relationship. Hirons will offer the Tom Hirons IU Media School Internship every semester to an IU student pursuing a career in advertising or public relations.

Before founding his agency 40 years ago, Hirons earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from IU in 1975 and studied advertising under the mentorship of School of Journalism professor and industry giant Philip Ward Burton. He also taught at IU Bloomington for more than 18 years as the J. Stewart Riley endowed chair for the School of Journalism and as a visiting lecturer for the Department of Telecommunications, both precursors to The Media School.