NSU communications class

Alexandria Zoo collaborates with NSU class

Monday, January 24, 2022

Partnering with community organizations has been a longstanding commitment for Alexandria Zoo. Last fall, the Zoo collaborated with a communications class at Northwestern State University taught by Jessica Zhang, Ph.D., an Associate Professor and Department Head of New Media, Journalism, and Communication Arts.

The class created a mock integrated communications campaign for the Zoo. “The project was amazing,” said Zoo Director Dr. Max Lakes. “The students developed numerous exciting ideas, and they were well presented in the media package.”


The experience has turned into an internship for two of the students who participated in the class. The interns, Savannah Thompson and McKenzie Seastrunk, both say they are excited to work with the Zoo and put their skills to use for such a good cause. Thompson also adds “it’s an amazing opportunity, and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish.”

The Zoo is proud to be able to offer opportunities for college students in the community to build professional skills and gain practical experience in their chosen field. “Alexandria Zoo is excited to have been a part of the Dr. Zhang’s class, and we look forward to more collaborations in the future,” said Dr. Lakes.