From The Rock

Mastering the climb of the PR agency ladder, rung by rung

By | April 30, 2017

For the most part, you will find a similar structure at many public relations agencies. The size of the firm can sometimes have an impact on the number and level of positions offered, as can the type of services and specialties the firm offers. However, as noted in this helpful... Read More »

Small firm, big benefits

By | February 22, 2017

Recently, I read an article on Forbes.com, titled “Why Richard Branson Says You Should Never See Yourself as ‘Big Business,’” which focused on how to retain culture as businesses expand. The author, Allison Coleman, used input from multiple well-known entrepreneurs for the article, which gave tips such as always thinking... Read More »

4 tips for developing professionally in your 20s

By | January 25, 2017

As a recent graduate from The University of Tennessee, I feel like it was just yesterday I was living the carefree college life. I didn’t have much of a transition from student to employee because I started working three days after graduation. Therefore, I quickly learned that life as an... Read More »

3 [potentially uncomfortable] things you must do to make the most of your internship

By | January 18, 2017

It’s no secret that internships are the key to landing a full-time job after graduation. No longer is it just something great to have on your resume; it’s expected. However, it’s not just about how many internships you have completed, it’s about the experience you gained. And sometimes, in order... Read More »

Q&A with Obsidian interns Taylor and Jake

By | February 25, 2016

What advice would you give to others that want to land an internship somewhere like Obsidian? T: Any student can land an internship with an awesome firm like Obsidian by taking advantages of the opportunities that are presented to them, such as participating in university organization and events. J: If... Read More »

Lauren Hannaford: From Intern to 7 Years with OPR

By | February 01, 2016

1. Lauren, tell us the most memorable moment you’ve had at Obsidian since joining the firm seven years ago? Wow, this is hard because there are so many! I’ll go with one funny and one serious memory.Not a month into my internship at Obsidian in 2008, the team set off... Read More »

Being New Looks Good on You

By | January 07, 2016

Being the new guy or girl around the office is always intimidating, but if you focus on learning quickly, you can shake off that newbie dust in no time. I learned this the hard way, keeping mostly quiet and observing at my first job. When I had the opportunity to... Read More »

A dream deferred can survive

By | October 12, 2015

“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up, like a raisin in the sun?” These questions asked by prolific writer Langston Hughes describe the sentiments of those who left dreams unrealized while they went on with life based on reality. Some could no longer afford to dream. Some... Read More »

5 ways to stand out as a PR intern

By | September 01, 2015

Intern: In·tern, noun. An advanced student or graduate usually in a professional field gaining supervised, practical experience. Fresh out of college, public relations degree under your belt, headed off to your dream j… internship? Today, it’s the norm in this industry to spend your first post-graduate year as an intern,... Read More »

5 things to enhance your intern’s experience

By | August 17, 2015

When I started my internship, there was a great deal of information to take in at one time. This can be extremely stressful, not only to the interns but also to the people who work with them. It takes time to fully explain procedures and then to repeat that same... Read More »