My name is Meredith and I’m one of two new interns here at Quixote Group! I’ll be spending my summer here before ultimately returning to Gainesville, where I’m working toward my master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Florida.
I’ve realized on this path to a career in PR that no one gets there in quite the same way. I received my undergrad degree from UNC-Greensboro. Why did I feel the need to move 600 miles away to seek a master’s, you might ask? Because my undergrad degree was in elementary education. That’s right; I was a teacher before I began this new journey! When I finally decided that teaching was not what I was meant to do, I worried about how I would enter a completely new field. I had no idea how to walk into an agency, write a press release, or even what “public relations” truly meant. I lacked confidence in this new world and knew if I didn’t even have that, I wasn’t going to get far.
So, I became a Gator, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Finishing up my first year has already opened so many doors, like working at Quixote Group! I was able to come into this awesome internship with a little bit of knowledge, background, and skill in the PR universe that gave me the confidence of which I was in need.
My dream career would be one that allowed me to travel, or better yet, live abroad. I love learning about new cultures, and working for an organization that brings cultures together would be amazing. I’m specifically interested in public interest communication. It’s an area that helps get to the core of the problems society faces and aids in finding solutions.
In my spare time, you’ll find me Instagramming photos of my pit bull, Sug’ (like Sugar; could I have been any more southern with her name?!), or exercising in some form or another. On the flip side, I could easily spend all day in yoga pants with Netflix and not feel one bit guilty.
My goal for this internship is simple: learn as much as possible, both about the PR field and how best to succeed in this environment. I’m looking forward to working closely with each group member and improving the skills I already have.