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Internship Confessional: Our Fall intern Toby Cadengo shares his experiences at Metro PR

Within two days of packing my things, saying bye to family, and driving 2,000 miles across the country to pursue my dream of working in the entertainment industry, I was very fortunate to land an internship with Metro PR. As I’m sure most of you know, or will soon find out, the entertainment industry is one tough shell. I had the opportunity of interning with an entertainment marketing company in Chicago, but I always had my heart set to taking on the big timers in Hollywood. I was a little nervous, but mostly scared, given the fact I knew very few people with little connections to the industry. But I knew failure was not an option and that I would have to step out of my comfort zone, even if it meant picking up the phone and making cold-calls, which is how I got connected with the wonderful Metro Public Relations.

Let me just say the staff at Metro PR is awesome! The PR industry in Hollywood can be a little intimidating to some, but here at Metro, everyone is extremely helpful! As an intern, I felt like I was part of the team and because of its size, the staff actually knows who I am rather than me just being another face in the office. I worked closely with several clients including DEFY Media, collecting press hits, researching, compiling spreadsheets, and much more. The thing I enjoyed most was the intern workshop. The staff was very informative and made sure we thoroughly understood databases and work assignments. One of the events I was able to provide assistance with was the 2013 Oceana Partner Award Gala honoring former First Lady, Hillary Clinton. It was such an experience seeing the work behind red-carpet events, and obviously meeting celebrities. When researching the press coverage a week later, it was a great feeling to say I was part of such a successful event.

Metro PR has definitely given me a valuable experience. I cannot stress enough how helpful they are and I am very happy that I had the opportunity to intern with them. Down the road I know I’ll look back and remember Metro PR and everything it has taught me.  I couldn’t have picked a better place to start my journey and I am very happy to call them my PR Family!