This summer has been particularly good, due to the fact I’ve been able to combine my two true loves: food and journalism! Interning with Baltz & Company, a food, travel and lifestyle public relations agency, I began at the Denver office near the start of June, and since then, I have been looking at food, reading about food, writing about food, researching food and more often than not, eating food. It’s not a bad gig.
A typical day consists of drafting press releases, pitching to media, compiling media lists, fact checking, attending meetings with clients, brainstorming social media ideas and prowling the internet for media hits. In addition, I have transitioned into a professional organizer (wishful thinking), due to regularly cleaning up the office and arranging our massive collection of magazines. However, it’s true what they say: there really is no “typical” day in agency life. One day I could be sitting in on conference calls and writing articles at my desk, and the next I could be navigating downtown Denver at rush hour, delivering a dozen bottles of fine wine and a giant neon piñata to a client — true story.
I am very grateful to be working at such an awesome agency in such an awesome city during the week, and exploring the mountains and rivers of beautiful Colorado on the weekends. The free meals, taste testings and regular happy hours (Old-Fashioned Fridays!) aren’t bad perks either. Here’s hoping my pants still fit at the end of the summer.
Eliza Williams is currently a senior at Indiana University, majoring in Journalism, specializing in Public Relations and Advertising while minoring in Marketing at the Business School. She serves as Director of Membership of IU PRSSA.