Alabama-area students gain real-world PR experience
ATLANTA – July 6, 2015 – Cookerly Public Relations, a leading Atlanta-based public relations and marketing communications agency, announced the addition of two interns, Peyton Smith and Kelsey Weiss, for the summer term.
Growing up in small town Gloucester, Va. and attending school in Auburn, Ala., Smith decided it was time to give city life a try—traffic and all. She took a step out of her comfort zone into the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, meeting new people, acquiring new tastes, learning to be a “city driver” and more importantly, gaining valuable insight into the world of PR, all while wearing out two pairs of heels.
As a rising senior at Auburn University and a member of the NCAA Equestrian team, Smith understands the importance of teamwork, which has been stressed to her over the past three years. She also said it’s been the most surprising aspect of the intern position.
“I’ve enjoyed being able to see the comradery outside of the athletic department and inside the office during my internship,” she said. “Whether it’s teamwork between coworkers, clients, or reporters, it is by no means a one man show. Everyone works together as a team to produce outstanding results, and I’ve loved being right in the middle of it.”
Hailing from the rival school in Alabama, Weiss graduated this spring from The University of Alabama, earning a B.A. in public relations with a minor in entrepreneurship. When looking for locations to expand her experiences in the PR field, Weiss was happy to return to her hometown of Atlanta and feels it’s one of the best markets for rising communications professionals. An enthusiast for the agency lifestyle and all things PR, Weiss said one of her favorite aspects of working at Cookerly is observing how the agency interacts with diverse clients.
“I’ve enjoyed being exposed to different clients from various sectors, including health care and real estate. I was looking for an agency that would allow me to broaden my experience, and this has been the perfect fit. I’ve been able to dabble in projects that run the gamut while learning a number of new skills,” Weiss said.
Jane Stout, Cookerly EVP, commented, “We take a keen interest in selecting and working with interns who are interested in learning about a career in public relations. Our goal is to provide a diverse and fun program that gives them real-life exposure to a PR agency. It’s been a pleasure getting to know and working with Peyton and Kelsey.”