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Hi! I am Natalie King, one of Quixote Group’s new summer interns. I am a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and will graduate in May of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree  in communication studies, along with a minor in business administration. When I am not busy with school, my favorite thing to do is be outdoors. I love the lake, the beach, and the mountains alike. I am from Burlington, N.C., but would love to eventually relocate to somewhere warm and closer to the coast.

Going into college, I was set on being a kinesiology major. I was sure I wanted to be a physical therapist or sports trainer. Unfortunately, my passion for dance and athleticism wasn’t quite enough to conquer the biology and chemistry classes. The first lesson I learned from higher education: I am not a science person.

As mentioned previously, I am a rising senior, which is satisfying and terrifying all at once. Having a lack of certainty in terms of what I want to do with my career has lead me to try a little bit of everything. I’ve always had a love for writing, so I decided to take an intensive writing course and become a consultant at the UNCG writing center. At the center, I help all types of students better their essays, personal statements, research papers, and hopefully, their writing skills as a whole. Another opportunity UNCG has given me is to be the publisher for UNCG’s student newspaper, The Carolinian. After deciding to add a business minor, the publisher position seemed to be a great fit. I was in charge of payroll for fellow employees as well as advertising contracts. This position taught me about the inner workings of media, and I know this is something I would like to work with more in the future.

I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to learn from and work with Quixote Group. During my sophomore year, an entry level communication course called relational communication sparked my interest in the field. While the content of the course wasn’t business-oriented, I found myself fascinated with the study of how people communicate with each other and how this affects essentially everything we do. I have always loved working with people, even in the not-so-glamorous part-time customer service jobs I have had. Having acquired this newly found interest, I began to search for a career path that fit. After officially choosing communication studies as my major, I realized that almost any career at some point requires utilization of these relational analyses and “people skills”. After spending just a few days interning here at Quixote Group, I can see that the PR field is one largely concentrated on building, maintaining, and sometimes restoring relationships between people, companies and clients.

Through this internship, I hope to gain as much information, knowledge, and skills as possible in regards to the public relations field. I also plan to use my own experiences and perspectives to help Quixote Group with any projects I am assigned. I am eager to see what this summer has in store!

– Natalie, nking@quixotegroup.com

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