Spring Intern Spotlight: Wesley Gray Smith

Wesley and office dogsThe 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 so important that our interns get to the opportunity to try as many facets of life in a PR firm as possible, whether its helping to research costs for a new campaign idea, drafting news releases or participating in our social activities.

This spring, we have two interns working with us. This week, we introduce you to Wesley Gray Smith.

“I am a senior public relations and history major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I’m originally from Shelby, North Carolina. It’s a small town famous for bluegrass and delicious BBQ.”

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The Bookshelf – Undaunted Courage

By Monty Hagler

(Part of a continuing series on the books that made the journey to RLF’s new office space)

My father gave me a copy of Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose in 1996. The book focuses on the Lewis & Clark expedition to explore the American West and bring back a weimg_5299alth of knowledge that transformed our country and confirmed the incredible value of Thomas Jefferson’s deal for the Louisiana Purchase.

Ambrose captures how difficult the task was in 1803 as the expedition had to overcome numerous obstacles. Malaria. Leaking canoes. Hostile Indian tribes. Unnavigable rivers. Paralyzing cold. Grizzly bears. Lost supplies. But nothing could stop the small, determined Corp of Discovery. They pushed forward. Took notes on botany, geography, ethnology and zoology. Filled journals with observations on weather, rocks and people. Discovered and described 178 new plants and 122 species and sub-species of animals. Drew maps and recorded the most direct, convenient route across the continent.

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The Bookshelf – When Words Lose Their Meaning

By Monty Hagler

As RLF packed up the office space we occupied for nine years, I faced difficult choices on what to keep, give away, recycle or trash. That is particularly true when it comes to books. I’m old-school print, with hundreds of books in the office and thousands on the shelves at home. Sinceimg_5279 childhood, literature has fueled wonder, discovery, laughter, suspense, adventure and knowledge in my life. It’s easy to gather, much harder to discard.

When the dust settled, 20 books made the move to the new office. This Orange Slices post marks the first in a series about each book that opened my eyes to a broader world or taught me lessons that still resonate. I don’t distinguish between reading for pleasure or business, but I do follow a cardinal rule to put a book down if I’m not enjoying it or finding value from it in the first 35 pages.

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Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program 2016

By Jasmine Forte

It’s an exciting and rewarding feeling to be one of 36 students selected for the Opportunity Greensboro 2016 Fellows Program this summer. This program allows area students to gain industry experience and build their resumés through internships with companies in Greensboro. As an intern at RLF Communications and a cohort of the fellows program, I am excited to embark on a summer of learning, networking and exploring the city of Greensboro!

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5 Key Takeaways of Going from Intern to Full-Time Employee

maxresdefault-2By Heather Ebert

Internships serve various purposes for college students, including the opportunity to explore different career paths and network. The “holy grail” is to land a full-time job after graduation. This doesn’t always happen though, and for different reasons. Over the course of my college career at community college and then UNC Chapel Hill, I worked several internships to gain experience and network. But when I came to RLF Communications in the summer of 2015, things were different. I realized that I found a great company and a great place to launch my career in public relations. I spent the next year working diligently to become better at my craft and create a place for myself on the RLF team.

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Summer Intern Spotlight: Jasmine Forte

The communications industry is constantly in flux and there is always room to learn. Even after attending comprehensive classes at a college or university, students should strive to supplement knowledge with real world experience.

At RLF, our interns work alongside seasoned industry professionals to learn the ins and outs of public relations, marketing and advertising.

Our final summer intern spotlight is on Jasmine Forte.

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Summer Intern Spotlight: Julia Lescarbeau

At RLF, interns are an integral part of the agency and actively contribute to the communications process. They learn best practices of the industry, work closely with account teams and participate in a wide range of strategic and tactical work. Our interns not only walk away with real-world experience, but a comprehensive portfolio and business connections to boot.

Learn more about Julia in our second summer intern spotlight.

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