PRestige All-Star: Gabriella Miranda

Learn more about Gabriella, one of our committed members within PRestige Agency.

Where are you from?
Patchogue, NY (East end of Long Island)

Major?
I am a public relations major with a minor in American studies.

What made you interested in your major?

I first became interested in public relations when I started working at Good Samaritan Hospital in their public and external affairs department three years ago. I learned the many different aspects of PR in a healthcare setting. I then transferred to Hofstra because of their excellent communications program. I was eager to learn more about what a career in public relations had to offer.

What are you involved in on/off campus?
On campus I am involved with PRSSA and PRestige Agency.

What are you involved with within PRestige?
This past year I joined both Ashton (on campus) and Hilary’s (off campus) teams.  Right now for on-campus we are working with an amazing client, Courtney Hickey, senior Hofstra student who created her own retro-inspired apparel known as Chickey Designs.  For off-campus, we are continuing to work with The Safe Place, currently organizing a flash mob and a media night.

Please describe any past/current internships.
At the end of high school I applied for a summer internship at Good Samaritan Hospital. Luckily that internship turned into my current job, which is extremely rewarding. I currently help out a lot with the marketing, special events, and community relations of the hospital. I have begun applying for internships this summer, and I am so excited to get further experience in the PR industry!

Where do you see yourself after Hofstra?
After Hofstra, I would love to live and work in NYC doing any sort of PR work. I haven’t quite found my niche yet, so I’m keeping my options open!

What advice do you have for anyone else who wants to be an all-star?
The best advice I can give is to get involved with both PRSSA and PRestige Agency. Hofstra offers so many great opportunities within the school of communication so take advantage. If you want hands-on learning experience PRestige is the place to go. You will be able to apply what you have learned in your PR and JRNL classes to the exciting clients they work with. (Plus you will get to meet some great people!)

Enjoy the time you have at Hofstra, apply yourself and pursue your passions!
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PRESTIGE ALL-STAR: CHARLSIE STURM

Our first PRestige All-Star of the semester is Charlsie Sturm, a wedding fanatic who refers to herself as a “veteran flower girl.” Read more about Charlsie below!

Where are you from?

Albany, The fine capital of NY!

Major?

I am a public relations major with a speech communications minor.

What made you interested in Public Relations?

I came to Hofstra knowing that I wanted to major in communications. Honestly, I didn’t even know that there could be so many different paths to take. I found public relations after taking Journalism 11, I knew I didn’t want to do that. I also think Professor Frisina sealed the deal for me, PR 100 was such a fun and fast paced class. Once I completed it, I knew I wanted to pursue a public relations career in some capacity.

What are you involved in on/off campus?

I am a Senior Resident Assistant in an all-first year housing complex. I love to blog, whether it be for my own blog or for other blogs.

I know you’re very interested in weddings/wedding planning. What spurred that interest?

As a three time veteran flower girl, I’ve been to a bunch of weddings and they seem to be the same cookie cutter/ mold just tweaked and altered a bit. I thought that it would be fun to put a twist on it. I would look at wedding blogs, and found that there is a rather large niche of alternative wedding bloggers out there. Overall, I think it’s really creative. Each wedding has the chance to be a little piece of artwork. I’d like to think that it would give me a way to make a living creatively.

What is the name of your blog? What are some of the topics you’ve written about?

I have a wedding-inspired blog called Wishin’ and Hopin’, because aren’t we all wishing and hoping for something? While I don’t always post about weddings, it is the main focus. I am in awe of all the amazing things some people come up with, especially the DIY stuff that really gives a wedding that personal touch. I’m also currently in the process of developing a food blog with my boyfriend. I think as long as someone’s blog has a focus and is well-organized it will be an interesting read!

What internship do you have/have you had in the past? Can you tell us a little bit about them?

Right now I’m interning at The Knot, weddings + PR = the best of both worlds. Not in the Miley way though. The environment is so fast paced, the days literally fly by. It’s also a lot different because my first internship, J9PR was at a small boutique fashion and beauty agency on Long Island. They are completely different, which gives me a great outlook on what I like and don’t like.

Where do you see yourself after Hofstra?

Good question. Growing up I was always told that I could do whatever I put my mind to. My parents allowed me to try as many different things as I wanted. I was always doing something, whether it be dance, acting, gymnastics, violin, clarinet, etc. For myself, in order to be happy, I would have to find a job that’s fast paced and allows me to be creative. I plan on moving to LA and hopefully finding a PR job with a wedding planning position on the side.

What advice do you have for anyone else who wants to be an all-star?

Hustle, but not like Jay-Z. In order to shine at an internship you need to be ready to go at all times and ready to work hard. As impossible as this seems, you need to stay one step ahead of the game. Oh also, take the grunt work with a grain of salt, the people dishing out orders were in your position once and eventually you will be in theirs.

Please add anything else you wish to tell!

A little bit of advice- Stay true to yourself and know your ethics going in to a position.

Follow Charlsie and check out her blog here!

Internship Spotlight: FOX News Channel/FOX Business Network

Name of Company/Organization: FOX News Channel/ FOX Business Network

Office Location: New York City

Was it In-House or Agency? In-House

Type of PR: Media Relations

Size of PR Department: Small to Medium

Semester and Year you interned: Spring 2008

How did you find out about this internship? Professor Geyer

How many days a week did you work? Are they flexible? I interned 3 days a week from 9 -6pm. They are very flexible.

Was it a paid internship? $10 a day stipend.

What were some of the things you were responsible for? Clips!!!! A million clips, getting video grabs, submitting daily guests to AP Daybook & Reuters, ordering newspapers, building  & maintaining media lists, reading a million blogs.

What did you learn from this internship? I learned how to get video grabs, how to search for clips, who to pitch to in radio.

What did you like about this internship? The location and the people were great – with the exception of one person. I liked that I was busy almost all of the time.

What, if anything, did you dislike about the internship? One person was awful. You don’t really work with the upper management. I did no writing. The commute was rough because they keep you so late.

Would you recommend this internship to other PR students? Yes

Additional Comments/Advice: Be prepared to work a lot of long hours for basically no pay.

PRestige All-Star: Lisa Jablon

Lisa Jablon

Lisa Jablon is the current president of Hofstra’s chapter of PRSSA. PRSSA is PRestige’s umbrella organization. Whether she is building community in her residence hall or selling a bag at Vera Bradley, Lisa is always keeping herself busy!

Where are you from?

I’m from Terryville, CT (right outside of Bristol)

Major?

Public Relations major, minoring in Marketing and English

What made you interested in your major?

In high school, I was the director of public relations for the LEO club, which was the junior Lion’s club in my town. We were in charge of a lot of community service activities in the town. Our adviser was the School to Career coordinator in my high school, and she became my mentor throughout school and guided me in my public relations path!

What are you involved in on/off campus?

On campus – I am the president of PRSSA, a resident assistant in the Netherlands leadership house, and a member of WRHU Radio Hofstra University.

Off campus – I am a store associate at Vera Bradley in the Roosevelt Field Mall.

When did you get involved with PRSSA?

I got involved my sophomore year, and became the secretary for my junior year.

How has PRSSA helped you?

PRSSA has helped me learn some amazing hands-on skills that I wouldn’t have been able to learn in the classroom. I have learned how to network, how to plan and actually pitch events, and I have met so many peers and professionals who have been an amazing support system throughout my four years at Hofstra.

What do you plan to do as President? What are your goals for the year?

As President, I hope to learn and understand our members and their needs, because PRSSA is an organization that works for the students. I hope our membership can see how hard our executive board is working this year to make some amazing events, seminars, workshops, and more.

What internship do you have/have you had in the past?

I was the Marketing & Communications Intern for the Central CT Chambers of Commerce for two summers and a winter session. It was a great opportunity and I learned all about the Bristol and surrounding communities and how to successfully market to our membership. This was a paid position, and they even asked me to stay for the second summer and fill in for my supervisor who was on maternity leave.

Where do you see yourself after Hofstra?

I see myself living somewhere on the Island or in a borough, and working in New York City. Ideally I would love to work for a television station or network in an in-house public relations position, but I’m keeping my options open!

What advice do you have for anyone else who wants to be an all-star?

Really take advantage of all the opportunities that Hofstra has to offer. The School of Communication alone has so many different clubs and organizations that you can be involved in and shine through. I think it’s important to work towards your goals and show and help others to achieve them with you.

Check out Lisa’s blog here!

Follow Lisa on Twitter!

PRestige All-Star: Gennifer Delman

Gennifer Delman

I had the pleasure of working with Genn over the summer when she was a Welcome Week Coordinator and I was an Orientation Leader. We are now train buddies and go into the city together for our internships.

What does Genn have to offer? Check out her story below! And yes, she does intern for O, The Oprah Magazine.

Where are you from?
Born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Major?
Journalism (focusing on print) with a minor in graphic arts.

What got you into your major?
Well, I’ve been into magazines ever since I was younger. I used to beg my Mom to take me to the closest bookstore just so I could read anything that I could get my hands on. It wasn’t until I was 14 or so that I realized my passion for magazines could become a career (thanks, “13 Going on 30”). Soon after this I wrote a letter to former Seventeen editor-in-chief Atoosa Rubenstein who took the time to reply to me. This only confirmed my passion and I’ve stuck with it ever since. Now I’m more of a NYLON and Glamour kind of girl.

What are you involved in on/off campus?
On campus I am the Vice President of magazine networking club Ed2010 and am in the process of founding one of the first campus branches of nonprofit She’s the First. I’ve worked for Student Leadership and Activities as a Welcome Week Coordinator (check out the brochure I helped write/design here) and Public Safety as a Resident Safety Team Leader. In my free time I also write for online women’s magazine hercampus.com, which three Harvard students founded.

What internship do you have/have you had in the past?
I currently intern for O, The Oprah Magazine. As a sophomore I interned for Hearst Magazines Digital Media’s Teen Network, where I contributed to seventeen.com,  seventeen.com/cosmogirl, and donatemydress.org.

Can you describe your internship for us a little?
Sure! As an editorial intern at O I assist all of the junior level editors. Whether it’s transcribing interviews with celebrities, attending meetings on behalf of the food editor, or doing research for stories, each day is totally different, which I love. It’s a dream to be immersed in the magazine environment, especially with such a group of friendly and talented people like at O. My favorite part of it all is getting an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse into how editorial content is put together before it goes to print. And in case you’re wondering… no, I haven’t seen Oprah in the office… yet!

Where do you see yourself after Hofstra?
Great question. I hope to be exploring my interests in magazine journalism, digital media, or publishing in the city by the time I graduate. All three of these are intertwined, so being a part of any of them would be mentally stimulating and satisfying.

What advice do you have for anyone else who wants to be an all-star?
Pursue your passions! Whatever they are, it’s possible for you to make a career out of it. Your path doesn’t have to carved out for you, today’s technology allows you to design your own. I recently attended a conference hosted by Donna Karan, Arianna Huffington, and Sarah Brown where powerful women shared their stories and words of advice. Beauty guru Bobbi brown advised: “Do what you love, love what you do, and you’ll be successful.” Consider her advice and apply it to your own life.

Also, I must advise any upcoming all stars to utilize social media (blogging, Twitter, LinkedIn) and all of the wonderful resources Hofstra offers us. All of HU’s departments are filled with administrators that are experienced and ready to help you grow and learn (Career Center, OSLA, etc.). Don’t sit idly by!

Follow me! (@GenniferDelman)

Nick Schweers
Digital Media Chair