Jennifer Blatus '11
History and Communication
Tourism and Administration Coordinator
Bronx Tourism Council
An alumna of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Jennifer graduated in 2011 with a double major in history and communication, and had the good fortune of knowing that she had a great job waiting for her when she finished.
“As a freshman, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I started out as ‘undecided’ – meaning I didn’t declare any major. Once I started taking some classes, I realized one of my strengths was in writing, so I thought maybe I wanted to become a reporter. I talked about this idea with faculty advisors Dr. Joseph Skelly in the History Department and Dr. Vincent Fitzgerald in the Communication Department, and they both agreed that I should apply for an internship at a newspaper.”
Jennifer interned for a Bronx local newspaper and also assumed the role of editor-in-chief of the Mount Times, the student newspaper. She asked Dr. Skelly to become a faculty advisor to the paper.
“I learned so much from Dr. Skelly, from managing and writing for the Mount Times and my internship at the Riverdale Review. I worked four days a week and was able to build a diverse portfolio that was useful to me as I pursued other professional opportunities. I went on to intern for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) press office in Brooklyn, and then in my senior year, I landed a much sought-after internship in the office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. Once there, I knew that’s where I wanted to work after graduation.”
Jennifer says her current job happens to be the perfect combination of her two majors. As the tourism and administration coordinator, Jennifer’s role is to embrace and share the rich history of the Bronx with visitors and residents, as well as coordinate events and tours at myriad venues and tourism destinations.
Her friend, Christine Westphal, a senior at the Mount, is currently interning at the Bronx Borough President’s office in the same position Jennifer held when she was a senior.
“I was eager to help my friend and fellow Dolphin secure a great internship. It was an amazing opportunity that opened new doors for me, so it makes me happy to see her thriving in this environment as well. Plus, it’s fun to see her at work from time to time and catch up on campus life.”