Internships

Well, it finally happened.  I’ve reached the final semester of my college career.  While mentally I’m jumping up and down with joy like a seven year old who go his first video game system on Christmas day, I’ve been playing it off like it’s no big deal.  I know it has taken me eleven years to get to this point, and I should be running around the room like crazy, but I feel that it shouldn’t be done.

My friends are all thrilled, my family is ecstatic but I still haven’t fully realized where I am yet.  Once I get closer to the graduation date I’m sure I’ll be running around like that kid on Christmas.  I have slowly realized where I’m headed, I started interning at St. John & Partners in the realm of public relations.  This interaction with adults has been a breath of fresh air in my life.  I’ve been working with kids for almost a decade with an organization called O2B Kids!  Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy my job.  I’ve been a play leader, bus driver, after school/summer camp counselor, I helped in the preschool and I was a supervisor (briefly.)  The job has been very rewarding in itself, helping kids grow up and everything that goes with that.

This internship with people my age has been fantastic.  I’ve only been interning for one week, but the conversations I’m having and the projects I’m working on are on a whole different level than working with kids.  I know I’ll be doing a few of the mundane and menial tasks for the office, but that comes with the territory of interning…or being the low man on the totem pole (just a joke there, nothing derogatory meant.  Ha ha. 🙂 )

I’m now looking forward to the future and what it has in store for me.  Public relations has been a blast learning about in the classroom for the last two years, but putting things in practice has been more fun than I thought it would be.  It helps that I have a fellow intern who seems to be as into this stuff as I am and just as eager to get to work on it.

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Author: Travis Davidson

Growing up in Gainesville, FL around the timber investment and forestry industry, Travis Davidson understands the agricultural community along with the commitment and hard work it takes for a family business to be successful. Travis also understands the residential market in the North Central Florida area. As a graduate of the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, Travis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, with a focus in public relations and marketing. Throughout his years at UNF, Travis was an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and represented UNF at a Public Relations Society of America conference in Atlanta, GA.  Travis joined his family's businesses shortly after graduation. Travis is currently a Realtor, land manager and forestry operations supervisor, across North Florida, for United Country | Land & Lifestyle Properties and Columbia Timber Company. His father, Jib Davidson, is a Certified Forester and the experiences Travis has learned in land and forestry management has led him to improve several timber investment properties into productive projects for landowners. His experience has also helped many properties attract native vegetation and wildlife to residential, agricultural and natural properties alike. Travis is a member of the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and Florida Forestry Association where he earned the Master Logger designation. Travis is also an active communications committee member for the Florida Forestry Association.  Travis earned his rank of Eagle Scout while in the Boy Scouts of America and has become an avid outdoor enthusiast. Travis enjoys hiking, camping and spending time around a campfire with friends and family. His experiences in timber investments and real estate have built Travis' knowledge base and passion for agriculture and the outdoors that continue to grow more each day.

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