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  • 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.

     

    Sincerely,

    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!

     

    Sincerely,

    28-Year-Old SRB

  • June 11, 2019

    The Secret Life of a Communications Intern in D.C. (Part 1)

    First, let me introduce myself. My name is Aasiyah, but you can call me Si. I am the newest intern at SRB Communications. I started here about a week ago. And let me tell you right now, I am absolutely in awe of this agency!

    During my internship interviews, I kept hearing that the agency is busy. But it’s another thing to actually witness it! My first glimpse into the SRB world was during their weekly staff meeting. It was very intense, but I learned a lot. After that, I knew that I was ready to get to work this summer!

    I am not going to spend a lot of time bragging about how bomb this agency is (even though I could). Instead, I wanted to take the time to share some great tips I have discovered about how to maximize an internship. Take a look below!

    • Be early! When you’re early, you’re on time.
    • Ask questions.
    • Network. Network. Network!
    • Contribute as many ideas as you can to the company.
    • Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone.

    Now that we have handled all of our business chatter, let’s talk about how my experience in Washington, D.C. has been. I am from Philly and I know how to get around a city. But D.C. is another story on another level. First, if you don’t know how to use a metrocard, you need to learn. Because if you don’t, the people will let you know. Lol! Second, if you aren’t familiar with the area, I strongly recommend you dedicate some time on learning how to navigate the streets. And lastly, you’re going to need some money because daily expenses are not cheap, especially if you like to eat!
    So, that was my first week as the Communications Intern at SRB Communications. Stay tuned to our social media channels this week because I’ll be behind the camera shooting a video or two! Don’t worry, I’ll tell you all about it soon!

     

    Sincerely,

    Aasiyah – Communications Intern, also known as SItheFuture