One of the most important ways to build relationships is through networking. Not only can networking connect you with businesses, organizations and individuals in your field, but it can also lead to informational interviews, jobs and career development opportunities.
At RLF, we work side-by-side with our interns on a daily basis. We encourage them to pick our brains about agency life, work experience and the PR industry as a whole. We also urge them to attend networking events on school campuses, talk to career services departments, and reach out to industry pros for informational interviews to build their knowledge base and grow as young professionals.
Today, our intern spotlight is on Alexandra.
I am a senior marketing and entrepreneurship double major at Elon University. I’m originally from Pittsburgh Pa., home of Steeler Nation football! In my free time I enjoy running, playing lacrosse and spending time with friends.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
During the fall semester of my junior year I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and I would love to return to the city that was my home for the best four months of my life! While abroad I had the opportunity to meet local students and immerse myself in Catalan culture.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Although it’s not exactly a hidden talent, I could happily eat sushi for every meal. There is an awesome sushi restaurant on Elon’s campus that I eat at more than three times a week. I can never get enough!
What activities or organizations are you involved in?
It is extremely easy to get involved in student organizations and clubs at Elon. I am currently the president of the girl’s club lacrosse team, a phase-four member of the Isabella Cannon Leadership Program, and a mentor for Elon’s S.M.A.R.T. Mentoring Program. I am also involved in Pi Sigma Epsilon, the professional marketing fraternity on Elon’s campus.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
My taste in music is usually dependent on the season, but my ultimate theme song would have to be “The Good Stuff’ by Kenny Chesney. My friends and I have a longstanding tradition of attending his concerts every summer in Pittsburgh and this song truly reminds me of home.
What advice would you give someone looking for a PR internship?
My advice for someone trying to land a PR internship would be to understand the importance of networking. Networking is a great way to get your foot in the door at a company you’re really interested in. By simply reaching out to a friend or visiting your university’s career service office, you can gain valuable contacts that help you start or grow your career.
Follow Alexandra online at alexandratobradovich.wordpress.com.
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