What Interning in the City has Taught Me.

Since the beginning of the semester, I have commuted twice a week into Rittenhouse Square to intern at a boutique agency called Breslow Partners. So far, this internship has taught me amazing skills and strengthened my abilities as a future PR practitioner. At Breslow Partners, I am the account coordinator for one of our clients, Phillips Seafood. In this position, I am responsible for executing the promotions and postings for eight franchises in the chain. 

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Not only have I gained an amazing experience, but I also work in a culture that allows me to be creative and have a voice in all of our client work. I love my internship and all that it has prepared me to do for the rest of my academic and professional career.

Another plus side of commuting to work this semester is all of the food options. I am surrounded by the best food in the city. Whether I want tacos, macaroni and cheese, or even Wawa the choices truly are unlimited. Let’s just say that the city has really thrown off my healthy eating. 

Also, getting into the city is truly one of the best ways to relax and take your mind off of everything happening in your classes. I try to spend 20 minutes decompressing in Rittenhouse Park, surrounded by all sorts of dogs. It allows me to try and refresh before heading back to campus and going to a PRowl or PRSSA general body meeting. 

This semester has truly been chaotic, but it is key to find ways to decompress and relax to keep your mental health intact. Interning while taking an entire class load can be extremely overwhelming and challenging. It is key to stay on top of all of your work and make sure that you are truly taking care of yourself.

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The greatest lesson I have learned this semester is that it is important to take care of you and to stay organized. I would not be able to accomplish all that I could if I did not prioritize what is most important to me. I am one to constantly overwhelm myself, but having the lovely opportunity to work in the city has given me the ability to get creative when it comes to taking care of myself.

-Mackenzi Hockensmith 

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