An Unlikely Path to the Perfect Internship

Had you told me three years ago that I’d be spending the summer before my senior year in college interning at a marketing and PR firm in Greensboro, I would’ve given you a bewildered look akin to the face the office dogs give me when I don’t share my lunch. I really can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t dead set on becoming a veterinarian – except when I dressed up as a waitress that one Career Day in first grade. I was that kid enchanted by the childhood dream. Then freshman year hit: multiple choice science exams and college “weed out” classes. Spraying me with Roundup couldn’t have gotten rid of me faster! Consequently, over the last three years at UNC-Chapel Hill, I’ve spent time searching for that next passion and discovered my love for marketing (and its lack of tiny bubble-riddle exams) along the way.

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IHOB: International House of Buzz

I remember first hearing about it on the radio. Right before a commercial break, the DJ teased that IHOP was changing its “P” to a “B,” and that he’d have more in a few minutes. Normally, I’d change the station to something that had music, but I was curious. As a marketing and PR professional, I naturally thought that this was a massive rebranding effort. I wanted to learn more!

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Erika Reflects on Time as Quixote Group Intern

Not all internships are about getting coffee and completing “busy work” day in and day out. As the Spring 2018 intern at Quixote Group, I learned that, at least here, intern life is very different from that. Instead of serving as the catchall for busy work you are simply another member of the team, experiencing what life in public relations is really like, ever changing with no two days the same.

As a strategic communication major at High Point University, valuable, real world experience was exactly what I was hoping to find. I was fortunate enough to work with several clients during my time with Quixote Group and see how projects develop from start to finish, all while sharpening my own skills. With an eye for detail and a standard of excellence, I am driven by my competitive nature and desire to exceed expectations, making fast paced days and unpredictable challenges the perfect atmosphere for me.

My passion for public relations has inspired me to continue my education through High Point University’s B.A. to M.A. program in strategic communication over the next year. Being enrolled in both graduate and undergraduate classes does not leave too much free time, but when the stars align to allow it you can find me exploring local coffee shops, cooking or fitting in a quick run. I prefer a busy lifestyle and experiencing all that I can, which might explain my love for working in public relations.

-Erika Esterline

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Quioxte Group Introduces New Team Member

Have you ever gotten a life changing phone call –that left you smiling from ear to ear? I received one on November 2, 2017, when Chuck Mattina offered me a position at Quioxte Group. Accepting this job is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I’m thrilled to be part of and collaborate with such an incredible team.

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Hello! My name is Mikayla Browne and I am the fall 2017 intern at Quixote Group. I am a senior at High Point University, majoring in human relations with a minor in marketing. I was born in Boston, Mass., and raised in Concord, N.C., but would love to make my way back up north soon.

I became a marketing minor after taking an Intro PR and Marketing course my sophomore year. I enjoyed the class so much that I decided to take a couple more marketing classes and by the end of my sophomore year, I had declared it as my minor. Some of the reasons I like PR and marketing so much is because there is always something new to work on and every day is different. I would consider myself a workaholic because I love being busy and having a to-do list that’s a mile long, which is why the PR and marketing world is a perfect fit for me.

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The Summer Intern’s Experience

Hi, I’m Daria. I am a junior at Liberty University majoring in business administration with a focus in project management and a minor in Spanish. I joined Quixote Group as an intern for the summer of 2017, and I’m here to share my personal experience working for the firm.

The thought of a 9 to 5 internship is exciting for a college student eager to expand their wings in the work force, but then reality hits. This will be your life forever.

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PR Professionals: [Tired] Energizer Bunnies

Multitasker? You’re hired. It is evident that PR professionals are the champions of multitasking. In a constantly evolving industry, PR professionals are invariably thinking about enhancing their client’s brand. How can I boost their media relations?  What pitch is going to entice the media? Minute after minute, second after second, PR professionals are energizer bunnies, quickly thinking outside the box and juggling many projects… all at once.

But, how many times do you only focus on ONE task? Cue the crickets. I know; it’s easy to be consumed with a million different tasks, and not prioritize one task over another. According to Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at the University of California–Irvine, “We’re in this environment in the workplace where it’s a structure that’s set up by the technology that makes it really difficult for people to monotask.”

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Earworms and Engagement: How to Reach your Audience and Drive Action

We all know the jingles and phrases that get stuck in our heads for days after hearing them. Anyone remember that narwhale commercial from Sprint a few years ago? Here’s a reminder if you missed it; you’re welcome.

Many brands are still resorting to “earworm” tactics in an effort to give their message staying power. But how often do you remember the point, or call to action? I spent at least five minutes searching for “the narwhale ad” before I sat down to put this together. I had no memory of who or what the ad was actually for.

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Lauren Joins Quixote Group As An Intern


Hello! My name is Lauren Abbott and I am the Spring 2017 intern at Quixote Group. I am a junior at High Point University studying Strategic Communication and Marketing. I like to consider myself a “Southern Bostonian,” for I have a southern mentality, but a Boston heart. Attending a university far from home has been quite the adventure!

My passion for public relations was ignited by my entrepreneurial spirit. Believe it or not, promoting a family icecream business can generate a passion for branding. I am a problem solver who strives to connect people through stories. I enjoy fostering authentic relationships with clients and creating unique campaigns. During my first week here, I had the opportunity to attend a brainstorming session with a client. The session was buzzing with creative energy and innovative ideas- this is the perfect place for a PR aficionado!

In my spare time, you can find me running outside on a sunny day, teaching indoor cycling, or lounging on the beach. I am a fitness enthusiast who enjoys pushing others to reach their personal wellness goals. I thrive in team atmospheres; whether it is leading a cycling class or collaborating with other students in school, I enjoy working with others.

I am excited to learn more from the knowledgeable and visionary professionals here at Quixote Group in the months to come!

-Lauren Abbott,

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Paige Joins Quixote Group As An Intern


Hello! My name is Paige Foster and I am the fall 2016 intern at Quixote Group. I am currently working for my associate’s in arts at Randolph Community College where I plan to transfer to University of North Carolina at Greensboro for my bachelor’s degree in communication. I am from a small town in Virginia and would love to eventually move to a big city. I enjoy hiking, the beach, shopping and hanging out with friends.

In my spare time, you will find me shopping in some capacity. I am always stalking the internet or my email for deals; I love a good coupon. I am also always at Target, I could probably be of more assistance to a fellow shopper than a Target employee would be. When I’m not shopping, I am usually hanging out with my friends. We like to try the new breweries in town, catch a movie or go to a football game. I also love to go explore new places. I like to visit new towns and see new sites. I would love to travel the world one day.

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