To mark Sound Advice’s fifth birthday this month, we asked a few past interns to share their impressions of working with Sound Advice, and if their future career path was influenced by this experience. First up, is Beatrice Ruscelli (2009), who still works in the non-profit sector.
I began working with Sound Advice in 2009, as an intern from May to the start of August, just before the launch of the children’s book “A Birthday for Ben”.
This internship was part of a postgraduate student course in PR and event management that I was taking in Dublin. During my time with Sound Advice I could practice different course topics, like writing press releases, advocacy letters, and website posts. I could see how a PR plan develops, in different stages.
The things I enjoyed most when working with Sound Advice were a laid-back office and incentives like enthusiasm, the founder (Caroline Carswell) gave me to do my best in the job. I started to treasure this after the internship because incentive and passion are very important, especially in marketing and PR.
Among other things, I remember learning to create the layout of a brochure for “A Birthday for Ben”. This was a challenge for me, because I never had occasion to do brochures before that, but I liked how it turned out.
Not being an English native speaker, I found very rewarding the opportunity to improve my English skills, by writing blog posts and news releases with Caroline’s supervision. I’m very thankful to her for the advice she gave me, and honoured to be the first to write about my experience with Sound Advice.
Needless to say, I wish a brilliant fifth birthday to Sound Advice!
(compiled by Beatrice Ruscelli)
Sound Advice’s 2009 highlights
* “A Birthday For Ben” – A Story About Deafness
* Special Stories Wins A Silver In The Moonbeam Awards
* Sound Advice Receives An Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher
* Sound Advice’s EI Innovation Voucher Funds Website Usability Tests