Classrooms are an effective way to learn the basics of the communications industry, but companies are always looking to hire people with real-world experience. This is part of why RLF likes to engage students in our immersion-style internship program. Students have the opportunity to work on real client accounts, try a variety of new things and bring their own strengths to the RLF team.
Meet our second summer intern, Grace McMeekin.
“I am a rising senior at Elon University, where I am pursuing a degree in strategic communications and minoring in French and professional writing studies. At Elon, I write for Spoon University and run social media for the English department. In the fall, I will begin my role as Student Internship Office Assistant. I live about half an hour outside of Boston and am a huge Boston sports fan.”
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I see myself living with friends and working for a small or midsized full-service agency in Boston. I really like the agency lifestyle and collaborating with professionals who all share a common goal. Also, I grew up outside of Boston and have always loved the city.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I think I could have Chipotle for every meal for the rest of my life not only because it is delicious, but also because there are a variety of ingredients you can add to it. I always get a burrito bowl with brown rice, chicken, corn salsa, mild salsa, cheese and guacamole.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy swimming, running and going to the gym. I’m currently training for a triathlon. My next goal is to run a half marathon. I also like going to the movies, watching my favorite show, New Girl, and trying out new restaurants with friends.
What is your favorite part about the RLF internship program?
The RLF internship program lets you experience what it’s like to work in an agency setting. I feel like a valued, useful member of the team, not just an intern. I am always busy, but never overwhelmed. The RLF team is very helpful and is always willing to answer any questions I might have.
Who is your most influential role model?
My most influential role model is my dad. He has a positive outlook, is a diligent worker and is always willing to help others. My dad works in marketing, so I had exposure to the industry and agency culture while growing up. I never intended to follow in his footsteps, but I have always loved writing, strategizing and working with people. Therefore, it made sense that I would pursue a career in communications.