“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

http://www.felice15goldstreet.com/index.php

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

http://www.santambroeus.com/sa_soho.html

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

http://www.casalever.com/

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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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