Our summer intern Maya Brown shares her experience at Metro PR
Being from Philadelphia, you can only imagine my anxiety while preparing to spend the summer living and interning on the other side of the country. I felt like no matter how much research I conducted or how many suitcases I packed, I could never be ready enough for what a summer in Los Angeles had in store for me!
On the contrary, I adapted to Los Angeles life slowly, but surely and fell in love with the constant 75-degrees and sunny weather. Out of all the interesting places I got to visit during my stay, Venice Beach was by far the craziest – and most exciting!
My experience at Metro Public Relations was rewarding in so many ways. Never did I imagine that in one summer I would meet one of the greatest professional basketball players of all time, party at the beach with celebrities, and learn so many useful tricks of the PR trade. I had the opportunity to work with real clients, writing real press releases, then watch all of my efforts come together into real, successful events.
During my internship, I was assigned to work on the Magic Johnson Foundation’s annual scholarship summit. I was surprised and ecstatic to be invited to attend. At the event, I got the opportunity to meet the Magic Johnson and even take a photograph with him. I also got the opportunity to assist with the Oceana Nautica Beach House Event. The event was a huge success and I had the time of my life! I met some of the cast from “Pretty Little Liars,” in addition to many other well known actors and actresses. The highlight of my evening was doing the cha-cha slide with Secret Life of an American Teenage star, Greg Finely. Those memories (and pictures) will last a lifetime.
Aside from the awesome events, the atmosphere in the Metro PR office was always pleasurable. A typical day in the office included lots of work, but also a lot of laughs and good times. Most importantly, the entire staff of Metro is so down to earth and genuinely wants to help you advance in your professional career. It’s a great feeling to walk out of the office at the end of the day still smiling from the jokes your supervisors told you that morning.
Overall, I learned so much about the public relations and entertainment industry during my time in Los Angeles with Metro. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to intern with a company that offers so much hands-on experience and guidance toward becoming a public relations professional.
In the next year, I plan to graduate from Temple University with a Bachelors degree in Strategic Communications. Then, I am going to pursue a dual-degree and obtain a Masters of Business (MBA) and Juris Doctor (JD). With my various degrees and experience in the industry I plan to move to Washington D.C. and become a crisis management professional or, join the legal department of the National Basketball Association (NBA). No matter which career path I chose, I’ll always remember that Metro PR helped to pave the way!
- Maya Brown, Summer 2013 Intern