Nathaniel E. Urban is a double major in health and risk communication, public relations and strategic communication with minors in history, political science and religion at Ashland University.
In the spring of 2016, he completed a semester long internship with the Ashland University public relations office where he now continues to work as a student employee. In the summer of 2016, he completed an internship in higher education policy with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) in Washington, D.C. The majority of his time at ACTA was spent gathering research and completing reports for the 7th edition of their What Will They Learn? report.
For the summer of 2017 he plans on applying for an internship at The Heritage Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute, or The Charles Koch Foundation with hopes of continuing to work in higher education policy.
After graduation, Nathaniel’s goal is to contribute more to the battle in higher education. He has said, “American higher education institutions are in trouble. Our civic values are disappearing, the humanities are being watered-down, and students are studying what they want to study rather than what they need to study.”
Before his time working in Ashland University’s public relations office, he was employed by the university’s call center as a student caller and residence life as a resident assistant. Prior to his employment at Ashland, he has worked in the Cleveland, OH, area for Kirtland Country Club as a caddie, Legends Sports Photography as a photographer, and Toys R Us as a sales representative.
Nathaniel likes to keep a quick mind and a sharp sense of wit so he spends his free time buried in classic literature and texts he may not have the opportunity to study outside of his undergraduate career. In doing this, his dream is to show people that higher education is still capable of producing curious, well-educated, contributing citizens.