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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Public Relations and Event Planning

Wow.  That’s all I can say right now.  I know that event planning is a ton of work, I’ve helped in various classes and with organizations I’m involved in.  I have a new appreciation for those that run events.  I’m co-running an event for my PR Campaigns class and I had no idea it was this much work!  For those of you in event planning, what got you interested in doing this?  It’s definitely interesting, as everything is always changing, but it is definitely stressful.

I’m still connecting the dots between public relations and event planning, but I can see where they can coexist and how they can help each other.  I can definitely tell you adults still act like kids, so working with kids for so long has been a HUGE help in dealing with adults today.  Guerrilla marketing may be a calling for me, that’s for sure.  I’ve had a blast coming up with innovative ideas on how to spread the name of an organization in a new and fun way.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a blast doing it.  I just had no idea what the people at the top did!  I also learned very quickly to work from the end backward.  We had to plan everything for the “day of” the event and then have to work backward in getting everything from everyone and get it sent to where we need it.  This includes the smallest things like napkins for food and signs for parking and directions.  I’m not sure if I’ll be pushing to go into event planning in the future, but who knows.

Working with and meeting all types of personalities is a trip.  I’ve had some very angry people, who I’ve been able to calm down, and some people who are just “yes” people and don’t come through with what they promised they would do.  I’m beginning to understand why some people can get stressed out from all of this, however, so far I’ve been successful in controlling the job and not letting the job control me (so far.)  They gym definitely helps (ha ha.)

I’m definitely up for suggestions on ways to keep things in order and get info sent out to who it matters in a timely manner, please share.

Public Relations Writing Class

I’m finally getting into the “real” college classes.  The last year of college.  It took me some time to get here, but I had fun.  I’m in my public relations writing class for the first part of my summer semester at UNF.  All of the advertising and marketing classes were fun, but I can finally buckle down and take my required courses.  Public Relations Writing…doesn’t sound all that bad does it?  If you said “no Travis, it doesn’t sound all that bad”  you’d be completely wrong.

I’m creating a press release for Visit Jacksonville, something that will help bring more visitors to the city.  My teacher even mentioned promoting a “staycation,” or a vacation you take without leaving where you live.  It really is a great idea.  I figured that I would create a press release that dealt with the sports teams we have here in Jacksonville.  The Jacksonville Jaguars is where I thought I’d start, since I want to work in the world of football once I graduate.  I found this is to be a bit harder than I thought, mainly since there is a limited number of games in a year.  I then moved to the Jacksonville Suns because of the multitude of games they play, and a few of the awesome events they hold throughout the season.  The first thing I would suggest to the Suns, if I was to ever get a meeting, would be to create a new website purely for their website address.  If you click on the Suns link and look you’ll see why.

The main thing I’m having difficulty with is finding information regarding the psychographics of certain areas.  I can find demographic information just fine, but if anyone knows a great place for psychographic information, please share it.