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.

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