SOUNDS OF SUCCESS: MY PR ASSOCIATE PLAYLIST

Spotify x DEVENEY associate

I used to wonder what the soundtrack to my life would be. Then I realized I couldn’t make a playlist long enough. So, I started with a day. Whether it’s my keyboard clicking beneath my fingers as I write a press release, or the rattle of the streetcar on its tracks during my morning commute to work, every day here is punctuated by sounds.  Our playlists reflect a lot about us, so this is a day in my life as a Public Relations Associate at DEVENEY, told through my daily Spotify playlists. 

Morning

Every morning, I wake up an hour before I leave the house. After a few hits on the snooze button, I play my favorite Wake Up playlist. I’m not naturally a morning person, so this playlist features lively tunes to kickstart my day. As an Associate at an engagement agency, I have to stay sharp. Things move quickly here, and a crisis project can happen anytime. Starting my day with this energetic flow pushes me into starting my day at my best.

I commute to work on the streetcar every morning and listen to different podcasts to pass the time. I love the Mindvalley podcast for tapping into my potential and productivity. Mindvalley helps me tap into my creative flow. This allows me to start my day with confidence and mental energy.

Before lunch, I listen to something calm to get me in the zone. I focus and organize myself, check my emails. start projects, go to meetings, and establish a flow. 

Afternoon

I don’t listen to music during lunch, but if I did it would be the DEVENEY happy songs playlist. This playlist captures the office atmosphere and the spirit of the neighborhood.  I love exploring the beautiful Lower Garden District neighborhood during my break and trying restaurants nearby. My favorite is Lilly’s, their spicy tofu is heavenly. 

In the afternoon to jumpstart my productivity and knock out any deadlines, I listen to POLLEN. This eclectic playlist feels fresh and sunny with interesting new songs that keep focused and alert. This playlist helps me channel creative flow into writing talking points, conducting client research, building media lists or assisting with speaker training binder development.

Music inspires me to reach my goals and put my best (tapping) foot forward.

If you’re interested in joining the team, apply now to the Associate Program. The opportunity lasts for 12 weeks, starting in January. Associates may work a maximum of 20 hours per week. Interested students should apply by October 31, 2018 to be considered. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, relevant writing samples, and/or portfolio examples to AssociateProgram@deveney.com. 

 

WHY DEVENEY ASSOCIATES LOVE ORLEANS #1 THE FOOD

New Orleans is dominated by the restaurant and hospitality industries. We have some world-class chefs and plenty of traditional Cajun food to go around. But once you apply and get accepted to the DEVENEY Summer Associate position, you’ll want to try some less-touristy and more-budget-friendly options, here’s the ultimate list for you:

 

1 Deja Vieux Food Park (1681 Religious St)

This permanent food truck park is home to some of the best street food I’ve ever had. My personal favorite is Johnny’s Jamaican Grill where Montego-Bay native Clinton Haughton (you can call him Jamaican Johnny) serves up authentic Caribbean classics like jerk meats, curried goats, callaloo, and fried plantains. The park also features a full bar, a stage, and a covered patio with TV’s and jumbo versions of all of your favorite table games like Jenga, UNO, and Connect Four – consider it the perfect location for after-work happy hour with your new co-workers.

 

2 Arabella (2258 St Claude Ave)

It can be tough to find good food after an evening client event. Most options are some form of greasy diner food. Not Arabella! Open until 11pm on the weekends, this small pasta restaurant manages to be both Star Wars themed and incredibly cozy. The dimly lit interior is lined with pieces from local artists — a great conversation starter while you wait for your (generously portioned) dinner. Plus, the menu includes a build-your-own option; so, you won’t have to worry about not liking anything on the menu.

 

3 1000 Figs (3141 Ponce De Leon St)

Wow. 1000 Figs. Amazing. Hands down the best falafel in town (including the stuff you can get at some world-renowned restaurants Uptown). I only wish it were closer to the DEVENEY office. I’d recommend the falafel sandwich (only $6.50!) with some shareable sides like Brussel sprouts and fries. The restaurant itself is tiny, which adds to its ethereal Instagram-friendly air, but doesn’t make it the best place to linger and chat. Instead, after your meal, head next door to Swirl for a glass (or three) of wine.

 

4 Dat Dog (5030 Freret) + Piccola (4525 Freret)

Dat Dog is a DEVENEY Associate favorite. It’s cheap; It’s fun; It’s delicious.

The hot dog chain is famous for its brightly colored buildings and outdoor seating. It’s very Instagrammable and makes a great place to watch a sports game or stop for a quick meal during a night out. The best part? The outdoor seating all but guarantees you’ll get to pet some dogs. The Freret location is my favorite because it’s far from the downtown crowds and close to Piccola Gelateria. Always, always, always take the stroll down Freret to Piccola. This ‘little gelateria’ serves the best gelato on this side of the Atlantic, and the proprietors treat everyone who walks through the door like family. I’m a super fan.

 

5 Saba (5757 Magazine St)

Ok, this one is somewhat touristy and not as budget-friendly as the other places on the list, but bear with me. Saba opened in May 2018 under the direction of five-time James Beard Award-winning executive chef Alon Shaya. While this restaurant can be full of tourists during big events like Mardi Gras, graduation week, and parent’s weekends at local universities, it’s always casual and intimate and doesn’t feel like a cookie-cutter tourist trap. The menu is made up of shareable plates of varying sizes that can cater to any and all dietary restrictions. You can’t go wrong with any of them — trust me, I’ve actually had them all.

This list is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many great restaurants to try in the city!

If, like me, you’re interested in the restaurant’s brand just as much as the food, check out DEVENEY’s work with restaurants like Arnaud’s and Ruth’s Chris.

Want to take it a step further and learn the ins-and-outs of marketing, advertising, and public relations in the restaurant industry? Check out DEVENEY’s Associate Program for the opportunity of a lifetime working with some of the most well-known restaurants in New Orleans.

INTRODUCING YOUR DEVENEY ASSOCIATES

DEVENEY is excited to announce its newest class of Spring 2018 Associates, Patrick Bailey and Janie Gelfond, and welcome back Alison Hanle and Samantha Krupicka of the Fall 2017 class, now Senior Associates! We wanted to get to know them a little better, so we conducted interviews to learn about their favorite DEVENEY and NOLA experiences.

First things first: What are your hometowns and job titles?

PB: New Orleans, La.; Creative Associate

JG: Potomac, Md.; PR Associate

AH: Newport Beach, Calif.; Senior Digital Associate

SK: Memphis, Tenn.; Senior PR Associate

What’s the best part about working at DEVENEY so far?

PB: DEVENEY is keeping me busy with lots of creative work. There’s never a dull moment!

JG: I love the independence and autonomy that comes with the position, and the opportunity to learn from such a strong team to build my own professional portfolio.!

AH: It’s great being able to form collaborative and interactive relationships with my coworkers and achieve real experience with prominent clients.

SK: The amount of experience I’ve gotten at DEVENEY in under a year has definitely been the best so far. I have a pretty fleshed out portfolio at this point and look forward to continuously building on it.

What’s your favorite NOLA summer activity?

PB: Getting snowballs, fishing and beating the heat by exploring the many bars & restaurants in the city.

JG: Exploring the city during the day, getting snowballs and Free Fridays at Tipitina’s!

AH: Hitting all the rooftop pools and bars. Also, going to the Fly [waterfront portion of Audubon Park] and shopping on Magazine Street.

SK: Probably getting daqs [daiquiris] with friends and going to the Fly!

Okay, last question: What’s your go-to NOLA meal?

PB: It’s probably a po-boy from Parkway, but don’t sleep on New Orleans pizza. Mid-City Pizza and Pizza Delicious are top-notch.

JG: Anything from Milkbar (they have the best sandwiches and milkshakes). Or, during the spring/summer, there’s nothing better than a good crawfish boil.

AH: Sushi from Mikimoto, Bacos from Ba Chi Canteen, or any type of gumbo!

SK: DAT DOG! Or a District Donut – their flavors change every day.

No matter where they come from or what division they work in, all of our Associates are united by one thing: they love their work, and they love New Orleans!

Make this your #SummerofDEV and apply to the DEVENEY Associate or Summer Scholar Program by March 3rd!

The Associate Program at DEVENEY offers real opportunities, real clients and real experience in public relations, digital and creative. Associates collaborate with each other as well as DEVENEY’s full-time employees to gain skills to kickstart a career. The PR, Digital and Creative Associates will dive into a variety of projects and contribute the freshest perspectives from day one.

Read more about the Associate and Summer Scholar Programs at www.deveney.com/careers and check out our Twitter for a social media contest opportunity. To apply to either program, email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to associateprogram@deveney.com.

MEET YOUR SUPERVISORS

When searching for your summer internship, questions like, “what tasks will I be assigned,” “what is the day-to-day like” and “what will I be paid” may be running through your head. However, one question that often goes unaddressed is: “Who will I be working with?”

At DEVENEY, our Associate Program is unique in that it is led by two previous Associates: Brittany Cruickshank, Senior Account Executive + LifeCare Practice Lead, and Samantha Krupicka, Associate Advertising Account Executive. Over the past several years, Brittany and Samantha’s careers at DEVENEY have truly come full circle. From Associates to full-time employees and leaders of the same program that taught them, the two have gained the skills not only to supervise but also to truly lead and teach each new class of Associates as they begin their professional careers at DEVENEY.

When asked about their experience as Associates, Brittany and Samantha both acknowledged the Program’s role in preparing them for their professional careers. Samantha recalls, “I learned pretty much everything I know about really working in the industry from being an Associate (and now an Account Executive) at DEVENEY. I was able to learn skills and utilize them at the same time – experience I feel like you really have to gain through an internship like DEVENEY’s Associate or Summer Scholar Programs.” In agreement with Samantha, Brittany mentions how her experience as an Associate allowed her to see the theories she learned in college come to life and produce tangible results.

As Public Relations Associates, Brittany and Samantha had the opportunity to refine their professional writing skills by focusing on building media lists, writing press releases, and drafting pitches for both local and regional media outlets. “I was trusted with actual client work”, says Brittany, “and then [I was] given the opportunity to see the client work come to life with real results.”

If you’re not interested in Public Relations, you’re in luck – DEVENEY’s Associate Program also includes Creative and Digital positions. The artistic talent of Creative Associates shine through the graphics and other pieces of collateral they design for client and agency projects. For those like me who are more interested in the social media aspect of the business, the Digital Associate position is the one for you. In this role, I create and schedule content for a variety of web, email, and social marketing campaigns.

Brittany and Samantha also share a passion for teaching, and their roles as Associate Supervisors provide them with the opportunity to blend their love for sharing knowledge with marketing. Brittany mentions how the DEVENEY Associate Program is a great way to “train and educate the future of marketing” by assigning Associates with real work that provides value to the team. As opposed to interns who fetch coffee or make copies all day, DEVENEY Associates are “integrated into the dynamic of the workplace and are often working on client projects alongside full-time employees,” says Samantha.

As they continue to receive applications daily, Brittany and Samantha would like to share three pieces of advice to all applicants:

  • Proofread your application
  • After you submit your application, follow up
  • Be confident and open-minded

 

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