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Jill Shea

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How did you get your big breaks?

At B.U. they actually have a coordinator that puts together internships. And I had applied for several internships through him and they were all pretty competitive and I hadn't received any feedback on any of them. So, I went to one of my favorite professors who was actually a new media professor and asked him if he knew anybody. 'Cause a lot of the professors at B.U. either have companies that they're also working at at the same time as they're teaching or they've just come out of the professional world. So, he had a list of about two or three friends that he knew would be looking for interns. And that turned out to be a really good experience because I went to someone who had never had an intern before so they gave me an incredible amount of very unintern-like experience. It was a start-up high-tech agency. So, it was a great experience.?When I was in S.U.N.Y. Plattsburg I did an internship at a PR agency in Albany, New York and I just went through the phone book. And I called and asked if they accept interns, who I should send information to.?

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

I think it's a great idea for people to get accustomed to reading Bacon's Media Guides. It's something that any and every public relations agency will ask you to know. They have guidebooks for broadcast, trade magazines, radio and local broadcast. And you really have to know how to use them, how to search for the most listened to CBS affiliate in Chicago, Illinois. That's something you should learn in school and something you should come to the job with.

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