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April 29, 2010

Don’t Worry, Be #HAPPO!

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It’s been a dark few weeks.  A volcanic eruption halted global commerce.  LOST showed a repeat this week.  Crazy Siobhan was sent packing on American Idol.  Kate Gosselin somehow was on “Dancing With The Stars.”

Dark times, indeed.

Out of the darkness shines a beacon of hope.  No, it’s not the new Iron Man movie – it’s the return of Help A PR Pro Out on Friday, April 30!

Yes, PR pros are back again to play “point guard,” exposing rising industry talents and highlighting job opportunities.  The main event is on Friday, but here’s a sample of things to come.

Let’s start with some fantastic job-seekers:

1) My name is Anthony, and I’m creative, hard-working and hungry to start working.  I’m a Virginia Tech alum with a degree in Communication, concentration in Public Relations.  I like to label myself as a tradigitalist – a person who loves the traditional means of PR and the new social media and technological aspects of PR.  My internships have varied – from record label to radio station to PR agency to non-profit organization – but they have all helped develop my PR skills (writing, research, pitching and etc.).  I have a portfolio website ( to see my work and a blog (
Anthony M. Caccavale
2) My name is Katherine Sarasohn and I will be graduating from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst this May. I am currently seeking a job in the world of public relations.Growing up practically in New York City I am used to a fast paced and high-pressure environment. I have a lot of my own unique ideas and I am always open to new ways of doing things. I am definitely a people person and can talk to almost anyone about anything and I believe this is an excellent trait to have in the public relations business.

I have interned with an equestrian public relations firm, Phelps Media Group, and through this experience I have only strengthened my skills. I must forewarn you, I am unequivocally awesome, so you should absolutely hire me.

For more information check out,
3) Maria James: For the past five years, I have used my public relations and marketing skills for non-profit organizations and corporations throughout Virginia and the Washington, DC metro area. My determination to understand of all facets of the communications industry, was the driving force behind my ability to successfully complete over eight internships within my last two years of college.

I received my Bachelors degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Union University and recently completed my Masters degree in Mass Communications, majoring in Strategic Public Relations, from Virginia Commonwealth University.

After completing my Masters degree, I was hired as a full-time media analyst intern for a public relations firm in Washington, DC. As an intern, I worked with a client-focused team to produce detailed, time-sensitive reports for multiple high-profile clients. I was the only intern selected to provide media reports for a client during a crisis situation.  Based on our reporting the client decided extending their services with the firm well beyond their initial contract.

Currently, I provide administrative support for clients and the account team for a social marketing firm in Maryland. My first month on staff I traveled to Miami, Florida to assist a client with a campaign kick-off event. Based on my community outreach efforts, we reached well-over 100 residents of the Homestead, Florida community and the kick-off event was well-attended.

Maria James
And here’s a FANTASTIC internship opportunity for you!
Job Description Forty Weeks (, the leading strategy firm in the expectant and new parent space is looking for a highly organized, energetic, savvy and motivated self-starter to join us for Spring/Summer. We handle a carefully currated list of top-tier clients including foundations, media and manufacturers within our highly vertical space. Key projects will include involvement in SM strategy and promotion between a key non-profit client and various supporters. In addition you will work on aspects of new business development, conference submissions, and pitch/story support for clients as well as Forty Weeks founder, Julia Beck.
Qualifications Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
Highly organized, creative and energetic
Great attitude
Excellent problem solver
LOVES getting involved with cool projects

For more information, please contact Jules Galpin at

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