What are you doing now and how did you get there?
I currently work at Glover Park Group, a Public and Government Affairs–focused communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, and Boulder, CO., in the Creative Services practice area. I began my career in D.C. with an internship in Senator Mary Landrieu's press office the summer before my senior year. The summer after I graduated, I interned at Burson-Marsteller in the Advertising practice area known as Proof Integrated Communications. Working in creative departments has been a great way to begin my career, as it has allowed me to use my PR, advertising, and design skills in my work. I also have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients in the Healthcare, Financial Services, Entertainment, and Media fields, and with internal GPG members to create creative content for strategic, policy-focused campaigns.
What is your favorite Grady memory?
The PRSSA Washington, D.C. tour, of course! I also attended the Ad Club/PRSSA New York City agency tour in the fall of 2010. The amount of information thrown at you in these three days in invaluable. We were given real world advice, resume critiques, and encouraged to network with the agency professionals, all while tromping around the District with fellow Grady classmates and professors. By the last day of the trip, some of us had written published blog posts, Tweets, and Facebook posts! I would highly recommend these trips to anyone considering a post-college job in the field.
What advice to you have for current AdPR students?
Intern, intern, intern! During summers, seek out internships in cities where you would like to live and work. Especially in D.C., it is important to employers to have a local address on your resumé, signifying you are ready to begin working immediately. Most entry-level PR jobs are filled through word-of-mouth recommendations, so touch base with professionals in your network often. People get busy or distracted so don't be afraid to follow up with a brief email or phone call. After interviews, send around handwritten thank you notes to whomever you met. Stay relevant and on top of trends in the news. Attend networking events whenever possible and then follow up. When you do have an internship, make an effort to go above and beyond what is expected of you.