First Week at Ruder Finn
Guest post from Brittany Medeiros, a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut and current intern at our offices here in London. Each week Brittany will explain about what she’s been up to, we won’t be censoring it, honest. Over to Brittany:
Last Tuesday I began my internship here at Ruder Finn in the digital department. I had never worked in a formal office setting before, and I was not sure what I should expect. Of course, I was extremely nervous walking through the door but luckily the nerves soon wore off. Ged and everyone in the office made me feel welcome right away. I came to London with an internship program called Dream Careers that is based back in America. At our orientation our first weekend in London they taught us about the importance of tea in the workplace. I was pleasantly surprised to see they were right because the first thing Ged and I did when I arrived was make a cup of tea.
Before coming to London I had done as much research as possible on Ruder Finn and what exactly it was they did. I knew they worked in the technology and healthcare sectors, but other than that I could not understand much. I really appreciated that a member from each of the departments (healthcare, corptech, and public affairs) took time out of their days to meet with me. Each person gave me some insight into who their client base is and what they do for them. After my one-on-one sessions I have a better grasp on the type of work Ruder Finn does, and I am excited about the opportunity to work across each different sector.
One of my favourite things I did was attend a brainstorming session with some of the members of the team. I loved watching everyone work together and bounce ideas off of one another. It was interesting to see how a PR team works collectively and I was really impressed by everyone’s creativity. Some other highlights of my week were attending a training session held by Ged about blogger relations and spending Friday working with the corptech team. I was able to listen in on a few conference calls and get a good feel for how everyone at RF works with their clients. On my very first day some of the staff went to an art exhibit at the Barbican Art Gallery, and they were nice enough to invite me along. Besides learning about some fascinating art, it gave me a chance to get to know a few of my colleagues.
Overall, I had a wonderful first week at Ruder Finn. I felt welcomed and like part of the team right from the start. Everyone has gone out of their way to include me and help me feel at home. I have no doubts that I will truly enjoy my summer here and gain a lot of PR knowledge from this experience.