“Can you fly up in a week?”

Florida girl takes on New York City

By Bruna Doering

It isn’t easy to land an internship as a sophomore in college. No matter what major you’re in, we all struggle finding what they call “real-world experience” until we can get real-world experience. I mean, how does that even make sense?

So here I am. It’s the week before summer 2016 starts and I haven’t heard back from any PR firm about an internship. Three weeks into summer and I’m still stuck working a retail job at Calvin Klein, while my older sister is in New York City working for HBO’s hit series “Girls.” Yeah, I’m serious.

I began to lose hope. But then, my sister came to the rescue. She told me about someone she knew who ran her own lifestyle blog. I introduce to you: MiamitoManhattan. This lifestyle-PR blog is run by Grace Dopico. Her blog is composed of latest fashion trends, travel diaries and overall lifestyle guides. I sent Grace my resume and told her I was looking for experience. All I wanted was to understand what it takes to be a public relations professional.

But I was still waiting. Now, it’s a month before school starts and I get an email from Grace Dopico, the creator of MiamitoManhattan. She asked me to fly to New York to help her shoot content for her blog and her clients. A rush of excitement ran through my entire body. But, how would I fly up there? How would I pay for my food? School started in a month and I needed to make a decision. This wasn’t a chance I could pass up. I was able to stay at my sister’s apartment in New York and use my father’s frequent flyer miles to pay for my plane ticket. But enough about how I got this internship. What’s important is that I went.

Here I am, a 19 year old girl who has lived in Florida her entire life, in the greatest city in the world. I couldn’t believe it. During the internship, I got to shadow Grace in meetings with her clients. I assisted in photoshoots and even got to do some food styling of my own.

Here is a list of some of the restaurants and cafes I worked for during my internship:

  • Felice 15 Gold // Address: 15 Gold St, New York, NY 10038


This chic Italian restaurant and wine bar is located at the heart of the financial district in NYC. It’s sleek, indoor wood decor was to die for.

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(Yeah, that’s my hand. Cool, right?)


  • Sant Ambroeus Soho // Address: 265 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012


This restaurant and coffee bar has 7 different locations: Upper East Side, Southampton, West Village, SoHo, Loews Regency Hotel, Sotheby’s and Palm Beach. I got the chance to shoot for the SoHo and the West Village locations.

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(How cute is that smiling cappuccino?)


  • Casa Lever // Address: 390 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022


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Funny story: It started absolutely pouring while I was shooting at this modern restaurant in Manhattan. No better place to be stranded at, though! Casa Lever sure gives its guests a taste of “La Dolce Vita.”

Do you know what the best part is about interning for a lifestyle blog that has restaurants and cafes as clients? FREE FOOD. Yeah. I tried every single one of the plates in each of these pictures. They were delicious. Here’s a little tip for those of you thinking about getting involved in the PR world: FREE SAMPLE, FREE FOOD, FREE CLOTHES. I mean, how am I supposed to promote a product or brand if I don’t experience it myself?

I am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to work with Grace Dopico and her lifestyle-PR blog, http://miamitomanhattan.com/. I encourage anyone who knows what type of internship they want–whether it be blogging, event planning, anything!–to go for it. It could be the experience of a lifetime.

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