By Michaela Jones
Marketing and Communications Intern
Hello! My name is Michaela A. Jones I am a new intern here at Pushing the Envelope (PTE). I am 18 years old, making me the youngest member in our group of interns. All of them have been in college for a while and have received degrees, while I just graduated from high school. I attended Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami where I was a member of multiple clubs, including softball, volleyball, and their award-winning drum line. Originally, I hail from Newport, Rhode Island, but due to my father being an officer in the Navy, we didn’t live there for long. My family and I moved around quite a bit when I was younger, and after a couple of years of this pattern, we finally settled down in the sunny, exotic city of Miami when I was six years old. I lived there for 12 years until recently, when I was accepted into college here in Fort Myers, so I packed up my bags and made the move.
After moving from the east coast to the west coast, I started attending classes at Florida Southwestern State College (which most of you know as Edison Community College) and I’m currently working for my AA. I am part of certain clubs including DIVE Club, which involves scuba diving and beach conservation throughout Florida – the first step in the direction of my dream career. I hope to pursue a career in the medical field, but more specifically Physical Therapy (PT).
While interning here at Pushing the Envelope, I hope gain experience of a company setting and to also get a feel for different occupational pursuits – to see what else is out there – in case I don’t want to go into the medical field. I also hope to gain knowledge on how the workforce works and what are best professional practices and etiquette.
Well, here I am on the Gulf side, and I am ready to get down and learn what I need to know to have a successful life. And I am excited to begin this intern program to start this next chapter in my life!
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By Angela Navarro
Marketing and Communications Intern
My name is Angela Navarro, and I am one of the new interns for the Fall Internship Program at Pushing the Envelope. Currently, I am enrolled in one of my last semesters at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), due to graduate in spring of 2015 with a Bachelors in Communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in marketing.
When I first started at FGCU I did not have an interest in Communication or Public Relations, I was an undeclared major with out much knowledge of what Public Relations even was. I first found an interest and passion for Public relations and marketing while attending one of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) student chapter meetings around my junior year. Soon afterward, I started taking courses pertaining to PR and marketing and came to find that public relations was the right field for me; and now I am a senior, and the Secretary for the Student Chapter of FPRA. After graduation I hope to go to graduate school, obtain my APR, and stay a member of the FPRA.
Working with others was one skill that I learned through the FPRA. Mixing and collaborating ideas in meetings came in handy with my courses. In these courses, I gained hands-on experience not only working in groups, but with clients as well. Many of my course projects consisted of developing campaigns for these clients. While I did gain some knowledge about the ins and outs of campaigns and clients, I am thrilled to be interning for Pushing the Envelope and hope to gain real world public relations and marketing experience.
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By Chelsea Bear
Marketing and Communication Intern
Hello! My name is Chelsea Bear and I am extremely excited to announce that I am one of the new interns at Pushing The Envelope (PTE) for the Fall Internship Program. I am currently a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), pursuing my bachelor’s degree in communication with a specialization in public relations. I was born and raised in Florida, right outside of Fort Lauderdale in a city called Sunrise; which is also home to the Florida Panthers. Three years ago I moved to Fort Myers to attend FGCU and couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.
As a student I have always loved being involved; therefore, I am an active member of various organizations and clubs on campus at FGCU. In my free time, I enjoy cheering on the Eagles at different sporting events, as well as relaxing with my friends on the beach. As a Florida native, I have grown to appreciate the sunshine and picture perfect locations that this area has to offer! I also love to travel, listen to music and to simply be surrounded by my family and friends.
Originally when I began my journey at FGCU, I was unsure of the specific degree I was most interested in pursuing. Once I started taking communication and public relations introductory courses, my passion for this field of work formed, and I realized that this is the direction I want to lead my life. As a result, I am here at PTE looking forward to the upcoming months and what they will bring.
I have learned about public relations in the classroom, but nothing can compare to the hands on experience of learning the true day-to-day lifestyle of a PR specialist. I am eager to truly embark in this journey and to gain knowledge about social media strategies, reputation management and branding to name a few. Working alongside the professional staff and fellow interns, I am anticipating a very rewarding experience here at Pushing The Envelope!
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By Morgan Reed
Marketing and Communications Intern
Hello! My name is Morgan Reed and I am originally from Houston, Texas. I am currently in my last semester at Florida Gulf Coast University in pursuit of my bachelor’s degree in communication with a dual concentration in communication studies and public relations. I moved to the Fort Myers area three years ago and have fallen in love with the city. From the surrounding environment in our local community, to the university, and all the businesses that have been prospering over the past few years, I could not imagine myself anywhere else and couldn’t be happier to have chosen this area as my home.
As successful individuals in the public relations industry, it is important to be curious and to look beyond what is and envision what could be. The key is to always look ahead, see where the industry is going and anticipate trends. In my everyday life I am constantly living this way – continuously searching for new opportunities and creating new ideas. I feel that with this quality I have I could be very resourceful and efficient in the public relations industry.
From this internship experience with Pushing the Envelope, Inc., I am hoping to gain as much hands on experience in the public relations sector as I can. I am always planning ahead and staying organized and feel with my critical thinking skills and action-oriented attitude, I could learn a lot over these next few months. I hope to gain transferable skills that I can apply to a wide variety of industries, since I am still indecisiveon what direction I want to go in after graduation. Learning the ins and outs, so to speak, of the public relations sphere is something I am hoping to understand better after this 10-week opportunity as well.
One area I would like to gain more understanding on in particular is the elements involved in branding – building partnerships and communications with clients and the community. I also hope to learn what social media strategies and engagement can help a businesses prosper. I am looking forward to working with each member of the Pushing the Envelope team and to gain insight and knowledge from their experiences so I can better understand all the elements that are essential when managing a successful mixed marketing communications firm.
Tags: FGCU, Florida Gulf Coast University, fort myers, Internship, marketing, Morgan Reed, pr, public relations
The holidays are right around the corner, and with Thanksgiving only weeks away, we’re excited to announce the kickoff of our 4th Annual CAN IT! Campaign! Each year, Pushing the Envelope teams up with local restaurants, shops, salons and more to collect non-perishable food items to benefit those who the Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. serves. We invite you to join us in partnering with CCMI to provide meals for those who are less fortunate right here in Southwest Florida.
We’ve set up drop-off locations across the greater Fort Myers and Naples areas to collect non-perishable food items from October 20 to November 20. Last year, we exceeded our goal of 1,000 items, and this year we’re kicking it up a notch to 1,500 items. We won’t be able to reach this goal and feed those in need without your help. Next time you’re dining out, boarding your animal for vacation or even having your hair or nails done, bring along a few cans and place them in the wrapped boxes on your way in. Every food item helps, so even one can makes a huge difference.
Would your business like to join in and serve as a drop-off location? Contact us today at (239) 221-2858 or email us, and we’ll set you up with a collection box and flyer for your business!
CAN we feed the hungry in Southwest Florida? Yes, we CAN!
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By Lisa Davanzo
Public Relations Specialist & Account Ally
I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you why I’m so excited to have accepted a position as Public Relations Specialist and Account Ally at Pushing the Envelope. I grew up in North Carolina and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Communications from East Carolina University…Go Pirates! I moved to Fort Myers less than two years ago and have been on the lookout for the “perfect place” to advance my career. What ultimately drew me to join the PTE family was the dedication and passion everyone here has for providing superior service for our clients.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been out of college for almost a decade now. When I started this journey, I was dead set on becoming a news reporter. It wasn’t until getting involved in The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) during my last two years of college that I realized my true love for PR and marketing. My first real career job landed me in a support role for a busy media department at an academic medical center. After more than two years, I was promoted to media relation’s manager and most of my days were spent writing news releases, managing media inquiries and pitching news stories. Since then I’ve held positions in Public Relations consulting, editorial writing, and search engine optimization.
It’s these experiences that have led me to where I am today. I love all the facets that make up communications and it’s often hard to find positions where you can have your hands in everything. At PTE my primary responsibility will include project management, public relations, community relations, reputation management, marketing and new media. In reality I have the opportunity to work from one spectrum to the next on any given day and I couldn’t be happier about that!
While I feel like I’ve learned a lot from my years of experience, I am excited about all the new skills I will develop in my new position at PTE. If you have any tips or just want to say hi, email me at email@example.com
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We’re hiring! Are you looking for an opportunity to advance your career in the field of communications, marketing and public relations in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment? Pushing the Envelope, Inc. is excited to announce the search for a Public Relations Specialist / Project Manager!
Our team here at PTE is dedicated to providing the best possible communication and marketing solutions to a variety of clients, which involves team collaboration to identify areas of improvement, create solutions and present those solutions to our clients.
As the Public Relations Specialist / Project Manager, this person will develop and execute public relations strategies and serve as a client liaison, while working closely with the Brand Manager and other Project Manager. They will also assist with production services, which include: PR activities, reputation management services and social media strategy.
Pushing the Envelope, Inc. is excited about its continual growth and looks forward to bringing on someone who will become a part of it! If you’re interested and would like to apply, please check out the Careers section of our website!
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By Lindsey Blest
Marketing and Communications Intern
Hello, my name is Lindsey Blest. I am a new intern here at Pushing the Envelope (PTE). I hail from further north than most of the interns at PTE, from a county called Lancaster in Pennsylvania – more affectionately known as home to the Amish. (Disclaimer: I am not Amish.) I am a country girl by address, but a city dweller at heart. Outside of my studies, I am an avid runner, long-time barista, and freelance photographer.
The field of communications is vibrant and vivacious, always expanding into the cusp of what drives society. I long to be a part of that vibrancy, which is why I am majoring in communication at Lancaster Bible College (LBC).
As I pursue a degree in communication, I desire to build a foundation of experience in order to propel me out into the workforce after graduation. The highlights of my undergrad career thus far include: being the editor-in-chief throughout the publication of the first three issues of Charge, LBC’s fine arts magazine; working as the communications coordinator for two campus cafes; and completing a journalism internship with Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.
“So what brings this northerner south?” you may be wondering. The reason involves more than palm trees and sunshine. As I searched for a summer internship to follow my sophomore year, I looked for a location outside of my hometown, wanting to expand my connections and experience. I have previously dabbled in a number of communication-related fields, but none that were prevalently public relations. I stumbled upon Pushing the Envelope in my research and quickly realized an internship with PTE would not only offer me exposure to public relations but also other facets of marketing and communications.
From PA to FL, here I am, in Fort Myers, beginning a summer internship with Pushing the Envelope. I am quite excited to learn and absorb all that I can about marketing and communications from this team of professionals!
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