Sydni LaFollette

Sydni LaFolletteBetter Business Bureau
Western Kentucky University

Last winter, I decided that I needed to enhance my resume any way I could and a summer internship would be a great way to do that. I started Googling several types of summer internships in Louisville and I stumbled across the KPA website. I filled out an application, not expecting much to come of it. I was very wrong.

A few months later, I received an email asking if I’d like to be interviewed for a 10-week, paid position. I expected to spend my summer writing press releases and answering phones. But it turned out to be so much more than that.

This summer, I had the privilege of working with Reanna Smith-Hamblin, Vice President of Communications at the Better Business Bureau. When people refer to a “woman that wears many hats,” they are undoubtedly talking about Reanna. I learned a lot working alongside her over the past 10 weeks.

Along with writing press releases, radio spots, newspaper articles, and the consumer and electronic newsletter, I was able to help plan and prepare for some major BBB events, update social media, create infographics, enhance my InDesign, Premiere, and PhotoShop skills, network with some of Louisville’s finest business owners, and much more.

A large part of my job was to assist Reanna in planning the BBB golf scramble, begin preparations for the 2015 Torch Awards, and getting businesses to attend the benefits meetings and breakfast series events. It was very rewarding getting to see that my efforts were successful. It was also very rewarding when local media outlets would want to pick up a story based on something I wrote in a press release or article.

I learned a lot of valuable things from Reanna. She taught me how to stay calm and resolve problems when things inevitably go wrong. I became much more confident in my writing skills and with my InDesign and PhotoShop abilities. I am also grateful that I was able to learn more about BBB and what they do. I will definitely be using their services in the future.

With everything on Reanna’s plate, she has still been a wonderful mentor. I gained so much great experience this summer that will be very helpful in the future and I cannot thank her enough for that.

I have gotten so much out of this opportunity that I will never get in a classroom. I cannot wait to apply what I’ve learned to my future career.

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