We’re back! Remember us? The CCPA fall Fellows Team has added a few new faces to the fun. We are looking forward to a great semester, and this group is ready and eager to provide you with all your communication needs. Please welcome Avery Cooper, Caroline Kester, and Charlotte Friend.

Avery Cooper

Avery Cooper
Avery Cooper

Avery is a senior pursuing a triple major in Public Relations and Strategic Communication, Fashion Media and Journalism with a minor in Psychology. She started her journey as an SMU CCPA Fellow over the summer alongside her good friend, Abba Yaney, and will continue her journey throughout her senior year.

Avery grew up in Frisco, Texas; moved to south Florida her sophomore year of high school and attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; and, then she moved back to Dallas upon high school graduation to attend SMU. She is an SMU legacy, as her grandfather, mother, and brother all attended SMU, as well.

Additionally, Avery is Vice President of Programming for SMU’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter. She is Membership Vice President of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta (Alpha Xi chapter), sits on the executive board of SMU Hillel, a club for SMU’s Jewish community, and writes for the Daily Campus, SMU’s student-run digital newspaper.

Currently, she works as a freelance reporter for the Texas Jewish Post, a local newspaper serving the North Texas Jewish Community weekly since 1947. She often writes stories about holidays, philanthropic opportunities, distinguished Jewish citizens in the community, and upcoming events.

Over the summer, she worked as an Engagement Intern at Innovent, a creative brand engagement and event marketing agency in Dallas. Her past work experience includes being an Editorial Intern at PaperCity Magazine – Dallas, being the Social Media Marketing Manager at Lute Riley Honda of Richardson and being an Event Planning Coordinator for a start-up agency in Dallas.

After graduating from SMU, Avery plans to remain in Dallas for a few years working in public relations. Her dream is to work in public relations for AT&T, Southwest Airlines, or TruePoint Communications. Then, she hopes to move abroad – to wherever the wind, and her career, take her. Her dream career is to become a travel writer, traveling the globe and writing about the culture, people, and history she experiences. One day, she plans to publish her own poetry collection and a novel or two.

In her free time, Avery enjoys playing with her two rescue kittens, Scarlet and Hartley, traveling, reading, and doing pilates. She grew up a competitive dancer and enjoys staying active.

Avery is thrilled to be an SMU CCPA Fellow this year. “I love being able to support the CCPA department while learning on the job and doing the work I love,” she said. You can follow Avery’s professional career on LinkedIn.

We’re glad to have you return to the fall CCPA Fellows team, Avery.

Caroline Kester

Caroline Kester
Caroline Kester

Caroline is a CCPA senior pursuing degrees in Public Relations and Strategic Communication with a minor in Spanish. She is from Charleston, SC.

Caroline has previously worked as an intern for South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. Additionally, she has worked as a wholesale intern for Proenza Schouler, a luxury apparel brand, and Hampden Clothing, named a top US boutique by Vogue, as an eCommerce assistant and store intern. She hopes to put her communications degree and internship experience to use in the fashion global industry.

On days off, Caroline enjoys walking the Katy Trail, taking SoulCycle classes, and trying new restaurants in Dallas. Caroline loves to travel, particularly to any destination with water, as she loves living at the beach. She previously studied abroad in Barcelona for the semester, where she worked on her Spanish skills and traveled across Europe.

Caroline is excited to join the CCPA fellowship team this year, “I am so excited to be involved in such a great department and help this program grow,” she said.

Welcome to the fall CCPA Fellows team, Caroline!

Charlotte Friend

Charlotte is a CCPA senior pursuing degrees in Public Relations and Strategic Communication and Spanish. She is from New Orleans, Louisiana and loves visiting home as often as possible to see her English Cream Golden Retriever, Ellie.  

Charlotte Friend
Charlotte Friend

Charlotte currently serves as Vice President Operations for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi and loves contributing to an organization that has been such a large part of her collegiate experience. Previously she interned for The Scout Guide New Orleans, a local publication in The Big Easy, where she strategized and developed creative content alongside the editor-in-chief. 

After graduating from SMU, Charlotte hopes to continue her education and attend law school. She intends to pursue a career which enables her to utilize her bilingualism to help others. On top of that, she would like to work abroad someday as she spent a semester in Barcelona, Spain and fell in love with travel and taking on new adventures.

On her days off, Charlotte enjoys indoor cycling, baking, walking, trying new restaurants, and of course, playing with dogs wherever she can find them. Her favorite spot on campus is Hamon Arts Library and you can likely find her tucked away in a study room with a Celsius in hand. 

Charlotte is ecstatic to be on the CCPA Fellows team this year. “I am honored to be a part of such a supportive family and have the chance to contribute to this department’s success,” she said.

Welcome to the fall CCPA Fellows team, Charlotte!