For the second summer in a row, our office has been graced with the presence of a University Florida student as a summer intern. Meet Haines City native Caroline Congdon, a senior majoring in public relations who graduates in May 2015.
Why did you choose this field?
I knew I wanted to be a student in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, but I didn’t know what I wanted to major in specifically. I ended up choosing public relations because I think it is a mixture of useful knowledge. Skills that you learn through public relations are skills that can be used in a variety of fields.
What do you enjoy most about public relations?
I love that public relations is fast-paced. I like knowing that I won’t always be doing the same thing because the industry is always evolving.
What do you hope to learn more about during your internship this summer?
I hope to learn about the different aspects of public relations in the real world. I want to learn more about different writing styles and about social media management.
What type of job do you hope to land after graduation?
I want to land a job doing public relations in the agriculture industry. Florida’s agriculture has turned into a passion of mine because I have grown up around the citrus industry.
What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I love to travel. I recently went on a study abroad trip with the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications to London and Paris. The trip really sparked an interest in traveling, and I can’t wait to start planning another trip. I would love to explore Italy next.
Caroline has been a welcome addition to our office in the few weeks she’s been here. We love self-starters and students who can be given some basic instructions, and then take the ball and run with it. Caroline is that kind of person. She’s willing to take on any task we throw at her, and she is fearless in her approach. In addition to helping us with our day-to-day PR-related activities, Caroline also has jumped in and helped us with work we’re doing on behalf of the Downtown Lakeland Partnership.
Caroline can be seen downtown often, so don’t be shy about introducing yourself the next time to see her.