Hello, my name is Jessica McAfee and I am one of the newest interns for Pushing the Envelope (PTE) and I could not be more excited and ready to take on this amazing opportunity. I grew up on the east coast of Florida in a town called Jupiter. With my mom being a teacher at my high school and my dad being a well-known police officer in the area, I can easily say that people were always watching me growing up. In high school I was involved in the yearbook staff and was the section editor for my class during my junior year and co-editor-in-chief my senior year.
I am currently a rising junior at Florida Gulf Coast University and I am majoring in hospitality management with a minor in advertising. I chose hospitality management because I originally wanted to become a cruise director however, the older I got the less I wanted to work nine months out of the year on a boat. I have already had two amazing opportunities at two resorts in the Southwest Florida area: South Seas Island Resort and Naples Grande Beach Resort. Those were both great experiences for me and they helped me figure out what I really want to do with my career.
Last semester I met with my advisor and I told her that my dream career was to work in hospitality, but to also have a job where I can put my yearbook skills to work. She recommended advertising and I thought that was the perfect idea. At Naples Grande Beach Resort, I was able to sit with the marketing coordinator for a day and shadow her. After that experience, I knew that marketing and advertising was where I wanted my career to go.
In addition to my internship, work and school, I am also a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society and was recently appointed a seat on the 2015 leadership board. When I am not at school or at work, I enjoy spending my time with friends, reading, going to the beach, traveling, and going back to Jupiter to see my family and my two dogs who are the loves of my life!
I am so lucky to be able to have this opportunity and to have a hands-on experience in a public relations firm. My goals here are to get a general overview of the marketing world and to get a better understanding about social media marketing and public relations. I am so eager to learn everything and get a first hand experience of what it’s like to work at a PR firm.