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May 17, 2012

Affect Announces University of Akron's Kimpel as Winner of New York Intern Project

Affect (www.affect.com), a public relations and social media firm specializing in B2B technology, healthcare and professional services, and Strutta, a platform for online promotions with an intuitive contest builder, have announced Katey Kimpel as the winner of The New York Intern Project, a contest searching for Affect's next summer intern.

Kimpel, a senior at the University of Akron, created a compelling video as part of her entry in the contest that included recommendations from fellow students and faculty. Katey initially became a semi-finalist by attracting 1,205 out of the 15,953 in total votes that were cast by the public and moved on to become one of two finalists after impressing the five judges in Skype interviews. Last week, Katey was flown to New York for a final in-person interview with the Affect team and sealed her fate as the winner of the New York Intern Project.

"I am excited and honored to be chosen as the grand prize winner of The New York Intern Project," said Kimpel. "I can't wait to work and learn from the entire Affect team."

As the winner, Katey will receive a three-month internship at Affect that will prepare her to start her career in the industry. She will also receive $5,000 and a housing stipend of up to $2,500 to live in New York City for the summer. Katey will return to school in the Fall to complete her BA in Communications where she is also President of her local university's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

"This year, we were particularly impressed by the quantity and quality of the candidates who entered the New York Intern Project," said Sandra Fathi, president, Affect. "The contest is designed to allow entrants to showcase their PR and social media abilities — and they did! Katey impressed us with her video entry as well as her personal campaign to garner more than 1200 votes and 22 comments. However, it was her passion and enthusiasm for Affect and public relations that truly won over the judges in our interviews."

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