The best way to learn many skills is not through a classroom or a lecture, but through hands-on experience. That’s why we feel it is important that our interns get to the opportunity to try as many facets of life in a PR firm as possible, whether it’s helping to research costs for a new campaign idea, drafting news releases or participating in our social activities.
Meet fall intern Taylor Faust.
“I am a strategic communications and Spanish double major at Elon University, and I live about an hour outside of Philadelphia. When I’m not interning at RLF, I serve in the Elon community as the external vice president of my service fraternity and work as an account executive at Elon’s student-run strategic communications agency. I spent most of my summer interning in New York City, and I am planning on moving back to the city to work in communications after I graduate in the spring.”
How did you find RLF?
I found RLF by searching for advertising/PR agencies in Greensboro. I knew I wanted to complete an internship this fall, so finding an office that would be flexible with my class schedule and within a reasonable driving distance was a big bonus!
What is the best advice you’ve ever heard?
“Fake it till you make it.” My freshman science teacher told me that in high school. While that sounds like the opposite of good advice, for me it means that you were chosen for a reason. I’ve definitely found myself in situations where I have been given opportunities and not felt qualified. But, if you pretend for those first few days or weeks like you know what you’re doing, soon enough you will find that you actually do. It’s more about pushing away self-doubt than actually faking it, because you wouldn’t have gotten the position or opportunity if you weren’t right for it.
Are you a morning or night person?
I am definitely a night person. This semester is a little different, but usually my most productive hours are from 8 pm to 1 or 2 am. Especially as it gets later, and people go to bed, there is a quietness that creates a great environment for focusing. Plus, if you’re running close to a deadline, that extra pressure is really great for stress focusing.
Do you have a pet?
Unfortunately, my house is petless, but I’m planning on adopting a cat that I will name Stanlee after graduation.
Do you have any fears?
I am absolutely terrified of heights. I once went on a ropes course and had a sustained panic attack for over an hour while no more than 30 feet off the ground.
What is your favorite food/snack?
My favorite food is quinoa. I love to eat it with melted brie cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.
If you could learn any skill what would it be?
I want to learn to sing well. I love music, and I’ve always wanted to be in a band.
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be to do marketing for Marvel Entertainment. I am obsessed with Marvel and its amazing movies, so working there is the dream.
What is your favorite place you’ve visited?
When I was abroad, I got the chance to go to Morocco with my cohort. We got to ride camels on the beach, stay with incredibly kind host families, and eat AMAZING food. The country is indescribably beautiful. Plus, I was able to have this experience with some of my best friends abroad; it was the perfect weekend.