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BW student from Youngstown forges big dreams with NYC internship

NYC Internship for Youngstown Student

Whether you call it a New York state of mind - where big-city glam sparks dreams, joy and infinite possibilities - or the knowledge that her internship is a perfect pathway into her career, BW student Gianna Occhibove '22 loves NYC and the fast-paced work of PR.

The public relations major from Youngstown, Ohio, is working for Hawkins International, named one of "America's Best PR Agencies in 2021" by Forbes, with clients in luxury travel, hospitality, lifestyle, culinary and wellness.

Transferring a Dream into Reality

For Occhibove, things fell quickly into place with the agency as she moved from networking to entry-level roles then greater responsibilities.

­"I started at Hawkins International in May. I work remotely, but I go there monthly for visits. I'm trusted with so many projects that entry-level positions are given, and I can execute them. I've been given writing assignments like drafting pitches and reporting. I've secured coverage in regional news outlets in NYC for clients as well as nationally recognized outlets like Forbes and Luxury Travel Advisor," she noted.

"I've always dreamed of working in NYC. Now I'm one step closer to moving and working there after graduating. I learned sides of PR that I didn't even know existed and gained new skills and abilities," she added.

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