Bryony Hershfeld

Bree HershfeldEastern Kentucky University
Better Business Bureau

What I Did This Summer

It’s my first Monday of the summer not having to wake up at the crack of dawn, down multiple cups of coffee, curl my hair, put on slacks and a nice blouse, and make my hour-long commute to my internship. Some would think I’d be rejoicing and enjoying my final weeks of summer before embarking on my senior year of college, but actually I’m feeling a bit melancholy.

This summer, I was lucky enough to work under Reanna Smith-Hamblin, Vice President of Communications at the Better Business Bureau in Louisville, Ky for a 10-week long internship program.

At the beginning of my second semester, Junior year, my Professors advised every student in the communications field to apply for a Kentucky Press Association internship. The process for applying was simple, so I thought to myself, “What could it hurt?” About a month-and-a-half later I was sitting on my bed, reading my emails, and came across an email with the subject line “Intern.” The KPA had given a scholarship to the BBB to hire a summer intern, and Smith-Hamblin had received my application and asked me if I’d be interested in interviewing for the position.

At this point I did not know much about the Better Business Bureau, but having known the reputation of the BBB and what it means, I knew enough to realize this was a huge and brilliant opportunity.

After interviewing with Smith-Hamblin and learning the daily rigors of the internship, I was more eager than ever to earn the position.

I remember trying to hold back my jubilance on the phone and be professional the day I got the call from Smith-Hamblin telling me I was selected for the internship. I was so excited to start working, and soak up and learn as much as I could.

While working with Reanna Smith-Hamblin, I have helped plan a golf scramble with more than 130 entrants; prepared press releases, paper articles, and radio spots; managed social media accounts; produced the BBB newsletter and electronic newsletter; created BBB documents in InDesign and Photoshop; assisted in the beginning preparation for the BBB Torch Awards Luncheon; gave speeches to crowds on BBB’s behalf; networked with some of Louisville’s “bigwigs,” and so much more.

During my time at the BBB, I learned something new everyday. I knew the internship was going to be amazing, and yet it still exceeded my every expectation. I have become more confident as a person, strengthened my communications and writing skills, and met some of the most amazing, hard-working people. I feel so fortunate to have worked with Ms. Smith-Hamblin – she is a great superior, and an even greater teacher.

Because of this internship and opportunity, I am confident that Public Relations is the right field for me, and I will be successful and happy in a communications career.

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