Meet Stephanie George
Tell me about yourself.
My name is Stephanie George. I was born in California but I've lived almost everywhere! I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and so far I've had 5 internships.Two exciting ones were with the Atlanta Ballet and Extreme Home Makeover. In true PR girl style you’ll never find me without my phone or a hazelnut mocha from Starbucks.
What is your favorite part of PR?
My favorite part of PR is all the people you get to meet.
From business to ballet, you have had some interesting internships. What did you enjoy most?
The internship I enjoyed most was with The Georgia Theatre Conference. I’m a very hands on person so I liked being able to work on every aspect of the event from food to vendor relations. PR is a constant whirlwind of activity but if at the end of the day, or in this case a few days, I can look back and say I helped a client achieve their goals that’s a pretty spectacular feeling.
How did you get into PR? How did you know this was the field for you?
I originally went to college for Psychology. After two years I realized that wasn't for me. Instead of analyzing people’s behavior I wanted to work in the business of storytelling and creating relationships. So I changed my major to PR, but it wasn't until I started interning that I really discovered the passion I have for event planning and networking as well as creating and executing digital strategies. The tweeting, blogging, pitching, fast pace environment… I was hooked.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to work on events and fashion. I think it would be amazing to plan the Oscars.
What is a project you have worked on that you are especially proud of?
A project I worked on that I was especially proud of was the gala for Visiting Nurse Health Systems. The event raises financial support for hospice patients and their families receiving care at home and at the Hospice Atlanta Center. Whenever I was feeling overwhelmed with budgets or the fact that the tablecloths weren't the right color I’d just remember the reason for the event and it put everything in perspective.
Why are internships so beneficial to PR students/recent grads?
Internships are so beneficial because they provide you with invaluable experience. It’s something you’ll never be able to get in a classroom. You’ll be working on real tasks with real clients. There is no substitution for that.
What do you do you at Ruby Media Group?
I currently work as a Digital PR Strategist with Ruby Media Group, a NYC based Public Relations firm. At RMG, I am responsible for social media content creation and helping clients implement the latest marketing trends into their digital PR campaigns.
What is your favorite part of your position?
My favorite part of my position is finding new forms of social media to present to our clients. I love new technology and if it can help our clients reach their goals in a fresh exciting way I’m all for it.
Is there any advice you would give to future interns/PR job seekers?
My advice to future interns is to be confident in yourself and your abilities. Your boss may be the head of the company but you are the neck. Support them. Provide them with new ideas. Even if it doesn't work for your client at least you are trying. Read as much as you can. It doesn't matter if it’s blogs, books, or newspapers. People and technology are constantly changing and it’s our job to keep up with it. Take initiative. Your boss doesn't have time to teach you everything.
My advice for PR job seekers is never give up. So you didn't get a job with your dream company. Start a blog, who knows, one day they may come to you. If you have to take a job that’s not in the PR field try and get an internship as well. It will keep you current and when you do get an interview for a PR job you’ll have relevant work experience to put on your resume.
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