If you would’ve asked me 3 years ago coming into college what I wanted to be, Oprah would be the only thing that I could tell you. On the other hand, I never knew exactly what Oprah did to reach her success but that was the only thing that I wanted. I thought that if I went to school and got a degree in communications, stardom would be my next step. I joined GriffTV, became an anchor and people knew who I was just from seeing my face. I knew I was going to be Oprah, and even three years later that still is my dream one day.
I talk about this because when it came time to choose what I would like to do for my internship, thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I interviewed with a local TV station and I read that Oprah started out on local TV, so internally I was beaming with excitement. But when I visited the station, I wasn’t as excited as I thought I would be. Honestly I’m not too sure why, but I felt this wasn’t for me, and questioned if this would be the right step to take. To make sure I covered my bases of what I wanted out of an internship, I talked with my professor, and she helped me get in contact with an array of different companies. PR was also something that interested me a lot, and so I thought I’d take my talents and do something with that for my internship.
The company that I now intern at is called Jackson Parker Communications. It was founded by a woman named Jennifer Parker who started her own PR firm AND she is the only African American woman who is doing that in Western NY. Before I started my position, she took me out to breakfast to get to know me a little better. I was so nervous that I really didn’t eat anything. Jennifer gave off the vibe of a black grandma to me, and I found that very comforting. She explained projects that I could potentially be working on, and everything sounded great to me. Now a few weeks later, I have been adulting more than I ever thought I would. Making calls, listening in on conference calls and sending out emails are just some of the things that I have started doing in the beginning days of my internship. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed by school and working, that I am thankful I wasn’t given too much too soon. On another note, I am looking forward to attending some of the events that I have helped Jennifer plan, and I am really excited to see how they turn out. I hope to gain better knowledge of the world of PR while here, and I am really looking forward to future projects with Jackson Parker Communications.