- Posted by Poston Communications
- On October 22, 2018
- career development, careers, careers in communications, internship, PR, PRecision Curriculum, public relations, students
Poston Communications is pleased to have four public relations interns on our team this fall. Caroline Berzak, Caroline Grizzle, Nailah Jones and Austin Meo have been participating in our PRecision Curriculum, team meetings and a bit of fun at outings planned by our Culture Committee. Learn more about our fall 2018 interns below:
Caroline Berzak develops pitches to send to media outlets to assist in securing media placements for our clients.
Berzak is a recent graduate of the University of Florida and earned her bachelor’s degree in business and psychology. On campus, she was involved in a community service organization, Epsilon Sigma Delta. She serves on the Sponsorship Committee of the Orlando Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
In her free time, Berzak loves traveling and spending time outdoors.
Caroline Grizzle’s responsibilities include writing press releases, developing and pitching story ideas to reporters and performing other communications-related activities.
Grizzle is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia where she earned her bachelor’s degree studying English. She merges her love for writing with public relations as she begins her career in Atlanta.
Grizzle hopes to gain valuable knowledge and insight about the media relations industry and professional services this fall. In her time off, she enjoys reading, yoga and spending time with friends and family.
Nailah Jones develops and updates media lists, drafts news releases and assists with creating pitches to present to local and national media.
Jones is a recent graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. While attending Georgia State, she was an active member of PRSSA and served as the public relations coordinator for her honors society, Alpha Lambda Delta.
Jones hopes to polish her skills to become a well-rounded public relations practitioner. In her spare time, Jones enjoys visiting museums, reading, trying new restaurants and spending time with family.
Austin Meo will work with public affairs and association clients while helping in the development of the Washington, D.C., office.
Meo is a senior at The George Washington University in Washington, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice. At GW, he served as the executive vice president of the Residence Hall Association, chief of staff of the Washington Area Model United Nations Conference and volunteer for Disabled Student Services and She’s the First, a nonprofit that fights gender inequality through education.
In his spare time, Meo enjoys playing golf and football with his friends and spending time with his family.
These talented, budding pros have been working behind-the-scenes with our PR teams pitching journalists, drafting press releases and conducting research, while also gathering three times each week to learn more about the media relations, leadership and communications.
“While many PR firms endorse the general idea of coaching, we authored a formal program for younger employees after noticing that the transition from school to real life in the business world is challenging,” said Monica Smith, president of Poston Communications. This is especially true at Poston, she says, where clients tend to be lawyers and business executives at the apex of high-powered careers and who require much from even the most junior members of Poston’s team.
In response, the PRecision Curriculum offers a bridge between school and work life, and the structured lessons include all the skillsets and background knowledge needed to be effective in public relations, from how to talk to clients and media sources to pitching journalists to building a workplace wardrobe. The course is taught by our senior team members as well as outside experts, and has resulted in us being able to build a roster from the ground up where employees embrace the Poston Way, which centers on servant leadership, gratitude and laser-focused attention to detail.
We are excited for our fall interns to take over our blog and social media channels this week to share first-hand the things that they are learning, the ideas they are contributing and, yes, even the fun we have around here at Poston!