A Feeling of Accomplishment

12As I sat down to write this blog, it occurred to me that I only have one week left at PBP. I had been planning my trip home and the start of the school year, but it hadn’t yet hit me that my internship is nearly over. While the summer flew by and it feels like yesterday that I started the program, I also feel as if I’ve been at PBP for years. As I reflect back on my internship, I am so grateful that I had the chance to work with such intelligent and hard working individuals who really went out of their way to make me feel completely integrated. In my internship search, I never expected to be granted with so much creative freedom and given such high impact responsibilities.

Of all the projects I have had to opportunity to work on while at PBP, from writing up landing pages for safety modules to presenting monthly reports, my favorite was an article I got to create for HR morning. For this project I worked side by side with Elizabeth DeMarco, researching and compiling the innovative and creative recruiting strategies. For me it was interesting to see just how much work goes in to publishing an interest piece, from conducting all the research, to actually completing the writing, coming up with an effective headline, gathering images, and contacting bloggers/featured companies. The finished project is a 14 page article that we are very proud of and excited to publish this upcoming Monday.

I feel accomplished as I finish up my last week here at PBP as I know the work I did will continue to be useful far past my end date. To anyone who is searching for an internship now, I advise you to pick a company where you know you’ll be making real time results. Any intern can spend the summer fetching coffee, but few can pin point the differences they made and the real skills they learned. PBP puts a lot of its efforts into making sure its interns are integrated, always learning, and making a difference. If I could start my internship search over I wouldn’t do a thing different. I’ll miss you PBP!

Journey to PBP

Blog Post 5 PictureHi everyone! My name is Rachel Rossini and I am a marketing intern here at Progressive Business Publications representing Villanova University (go cats!). I will be starting my senior year this upcoming semester and will graduate in June with a degree in Marketing and two minors in Psychology and Business Analytics. I am from beautiful Madison, CT, right on the shore of the Long Island Sound. I am currently living in Wayne for the summer to accommodate my job at Progressive Business Publications.

My journey to PBP was a bit unexpected. Coming to the end of my junior year I had planned to live in NYC for the summer and work at a big marketing firm in Manhattan. Partway through April, however, my advisor told me about openings at Progressive Business Publications and how she believed it would be a good fit. I knew living in Wayne where I already had student housing would be much cheaper, so I applied on a limb. When I got a callback and came in for an interview my plans for the summer began to change. I immediately connected with the staff and the atmosphere at PBP. Hooked by the possibility to work closely with a manager and actually be assigned high impact jobs, I continued my interview process, feeling increasingly closer with Progressive Business Publications. My interview with Nicole Riegl, head of the interns program, solidified my choice as we bonded over food blogs and our mutual love for animals.

Although I have known throughout college that I would be a Marketing major, my internship here at Progressive Business Publications is unlike any other job that I’ve had. Following my freshman year at Villanova and a semester abroad in London, I interned for Deb Heinrich, the then not-for-profit liaison to Governor Dannel Molloy of CT. The following summer I landed a once in a lifetime opportunity and trained to become a nurse for a family with two young girls with juvenile diabetes, traveling with the family to Madrid, Barcelona and a camp up in Maine. In addition to these experiences, I have spent the last few summers working as a camp counselor and volunteering for mentor programs designed for unprivileged children. During the school year, I foster family rescued kittens, stay active with my sorority, volunteer for Special Olympics and work for families throughout the Main Line. Clearly, I like to stay busy and jump at any opportunity presented to me, my internship at PBP being no different.

The freedom and opportunities I have been granted at Progressive Business Publications have pushed me to become a more disciplined and intuitive individual. I have had the opportunity to work on a number of projects, from creating landing pages for safety modules to writing a twelve page article for our HR site. My experiences so far have been extremely rewarding, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer brings.