• August 9, 2019

    The Secret Life of a Communications Intern in D.C. (Part 3)

    So you know the saying, “everything must come to an end”?  Well, I wish that wasn’t the case with my internship because over the past 10 weeks, I have had one of the best experiences of my life. When I first called SRB Communications about an internship position, I never thought I would end up getting so attached to this agency. I remember walking in my first day questioning if I was the right person for this role, or if I even had the skills to qualify. Now, weeks later, I’m leaving confident knowing I did my best. All in all, I’m extremely grateful for the chance SRB Communications gave me.

    I can’t believe how fast the summer flew by! Just when I started to get use to the city, the metro and the FOOD! The metro I can sure enough live without, but the food here is AMAZING. It’s better than Philadelphia and I’m going to miss it so much! I have never been to a place that has so many vegan options. I might just have to come back for that, lol.

    But, on a serious note, the amount of information I learned and the experience I received is beyond explanation. I never knew I would be coming to work at such a popular agency! In the beginning of my internship I came in with production experience, but I leave here today gaining new knowledge in public relations, marketing, advertising, digital campaigns, rebranding strategies, social media analytics, and more.  I have become such a diverse, well-rounded young professional and I can only give thanks to the most dynamic, incomparable, multicultural agency there is.

    Today, I want to leave you guys with some tangible advice that you can take with you, possibly on your next internship, your job or maybe just for personal use.

    1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Personally, I am independent, like I am sure many of you are. Pride can get in the way sometimes, but it’s okay to ask questions, especially when you have a team that supports you.
    2. Stop being so hard on yourself! Understand mistakes happen; it’s all a part of life. Sometimes, we do not give ourselves enough credit! Remember, you are doing great.
    3. Surround yourself with like-minded people. It feels great being around people with the same goals and attributes in life. Like the quote goes, “you are who you surround yourself with” so select a good group!
    4. Failure is natural! Remembering in every failure or negative moment there is a lesson. One of my favorite quotes is, “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another step to greatness.”
    5. Finally, have fun! Learn how to enjoy what you do; it will make your days easier. Smiling can lead to happiness. Life is too short to be unhappy!

    So thank you to everyone that has played apart in making this such an extraordinary experience! To my readers out there, I’ll be back. Don’t be surprised if you see a picture, video or blog post of #SItheFuture in the future… get it, lol? To the clients I have met, thank you for giving me the opportunity to work on such important projects. To the colleagues of SRB Communications, thank you for treating me with great respect and allowing me to get a chance to know you. And last but not least, to the excellent team at SRB Communications, thank you for putting your trust in me to carry out the plan and goals of this award-winning agency! You all will surely be missed.






  • July 24, 2019

    The Secret Life of a Communications Intern in D.C. (Part 2)

    Hello blog readers!

    “SIthefuture”, SRB’s favorite Summer 2019 Intern is back in action. Truth be told, I’m the only Summer intern (lol)! I’m here to tell you all about what has happened over the last few weeks. Sorry, I couldn’t get to you sooner, but I’m back like I never left.

    Interning at SRB Communications has been so much fun. I have been producing videos, working on creative projects and I even had the pleasure of sitting in on a weekly client meeting. I was so grateful for the opportunity, but even more thankful that I was allowed to represent the agency.

    Now, let’s get down to business. Since being in D.C. this summer, I have started to learn the ins and out of being an exceptional professional. If you’re fresh out of college like me, then you don’t want to miss this. All of these are wonderful tips that can help you succeed in your career.

    1. Exercise your people skills: Effective communication can help build relationships.
    2. Take Initiative: Be the first one to do a task! You’ll stand out.
    3. Be inquisitive: Learn as much as you can about the company! Do your research.
    4. Meet deadlines: Plan ahead, you want to be reliable.
    5. Be a team player: Having the ability to work well with others is a great skill, and it also builds trust.
    6. Time management: This helps you focus better, accomplish more and lower your stress.
    7. Be organized: Create a calendar and be on top of your tasks. This will help in the long run.

    “So, what have you been up to outside the office?” Oh, I thought you’d never ask!

    First and foremost, yes, I learned how to use a Metro card properly (lol check out our last post blog post to learn why this is an accomplishment for me!)… It was a rough couple of days, but I am here to tell you that if I can do it, you can do it. Especially in the mornings, when everyone is trying to rush on the escalator and all you hear is “Hurry up, you’re not moving fast enough.” Well, excuse me sir!

    Also, the food here is GREAT, especially the vegan options. Lately I have chosen to go grocery shopping and cook the majority of the time. Boring? I know, right. Well, when you are a recent graduate and trying to save money that’s what you have to do. Also, I have learned the importance of going to bed on time. I can never stay up past 9:00 p.m. which is mind blowing to me.

    Anyways, that’s all I have for you today. I hope you enjoyed reading what I’ve been up too and as always, please leave us a comment and let us know what you’d like to hear more of.



    SItheFuture, also known as Aasiyah, the Communications Intern

  • June 25, 2019

    It’s Our Anniversary!

    The Roaring 20s is Coming to an End

    A diary entry from SRB Communications
    Written by: Michaela Blanchard, VP of Marketing

    Dear 29-Year-Old Self,

    Since this is the last year of our 20s, I think we should make a few resolutions for us to achieve before we hit the big 3-0. Time has flown by. Another year older and wiser. We should be proud of ourselves. We have made tons of friends a.k.a clients, along the way. Among them are Pepco Holdings, Washington Gas, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), WSSC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Howard University, Bowie State University, The Advancement Project, Events DC, and most recently DC Water.

    This year, let’s be more intentional about how we interact with our “friends” and our beloved Washington, D.C. Community. Which brings us to step one.

    Be More Engaged. We will not only be attending events, but we’re sending out some invites as well. So, let’s make sure our ball gown is pressed and we are ready to lace up our cleats. Expect the unexpected!

    Make more time for ourselves. I know we are so proud of the work that we do for our “friends”. And apparently the world is, too. We have received more than 200 awards, locally and internationally. So, starting today, we’re going to tap into our strengths for our self. We’re talking advertising, content marketing, graphic design, PR, social media, and programmatic advertising.

    Make more long-term friendships. Our network is so large because we have such a big heart. Let’s never lose sight of that. Let’s support more causes, nurture more small businesses, create more scholarship funds, serve on more boards, and continue to speak for our multicultural brothers and sisters.

    Hakuna Matata. It means no worries…for the rest of your days…its our problem free philosophy. Ok, you’re right that was from Lion King. It’s our job to be cool under pressure with tight deadlines – media buying and placement, am I right? We will always be cool as a cucumber. But also, we should really go see the new Lion King … for research purposes, of course!

    Well that’s all for now! Let’s make our future 30-year-old, self-proud this year, because it’s going to be a big one. We’re going to get a makeover, throw extravagant parties, and create real Instagram-worthy moments starting in January 2020! Wait until they see us then!



    28-Year-Old SRB