TRINDGROUP is a mix of marketing, public relations and design experts, and our interns have the opportunity to learn from and work with the entire team throughout their internship experience. We pride ourselves in offering a strong and integrative internship program for students looking to hone their skills in multiple aspects of the industry and get hands-on experience before entering the real world full time. As we are based in a college town, we never want for talent or fresh ideas!
Our summer 2018 interns, Camille, Curran and Sabrina, are fully immersed in our team. Learn more about them in our latest Meet the TRINDGROUP Team Interview.
Camille Cooper, Public Relations Intern
Auburn University; Major: Public Relations, with a minor in Spanish
Graduation: May 2019
Curran Umphrey, Public Relations Intern
Auburn University; Major: Public Relations, with a minor in marketing and Spanish
Graduation: May 2019
Sabrina Williams, Business Development Intern
Auburn University; Major: Public Relations
Graduation: December 2018
What made you want to study public relations?
Camille: Coming to college I had no idea what direction I wanted to take with my life, but I knew I would have the most options and variety with public relations, so that is the academic path I chose and I haven’t looked back.
Curran: In PR, you’re constantly building relationships with people, and I love really getting to know a person. When I was little, I thought that I wanted to be an author – public relations allows me to fulfill that childhood dream in a way because my writing skills are constantly being challenged.
Sabrina: I come from a very scientific-minded family, which made it extremely hard to find my niche growing up and even once I started my college career. It wasn’t until my sophomore year in college that I found PR and discovered a new world in a way. PR is something I am good at, but also something that is always changing. It incorporates so many different things that I love. I enjoy an upbeat and fast-paced environment where I can never get bored with the same day-to-day tasks and PR gives me that.
What has your experience been like at TRINDGROUP so far?
Camille: It’s a lot more hands-on than I imagined, which I am excited about moving forward. The teams here are welcoming and helpful with any question I have. ,
Curran: I’ve quickly realized that the internship program here is no joke, and that’s so exciting. There’s always something that needs to be done, so there’s never a dull moment. I feel like the work I’m doing here as an intern is both important and valued by everyone in the studio.
Sabrina: I feel like I almost have the best of both worlds with my position. I get to work with Charissa in business development, but also get a taste of what the rest of the team is doing. I get to work with so many different people that all have different mindsets, strengths and experience to bring to the table. Everyone has been so welcoming and approachable with any questions I have.
Why do you think having an internship as a student is important?
Camille: So much of public relations is learned through doing. We can sit in a classroom and read about terms and case studies, which is important, but hands-on experience is what will really prepare students for the real world of PR.
Curran: Every concept that you learn in the classroom sort of comes to life in an internship. Everything clicked when I started working in a PR environment. There’s something about hands-on experience that really puts the puzzle pieces together.
Sabrina: I love having the opportunity to put what I have learned to the test through an internship. Some ideas that did not necessarily click in the classroom are pieced together through the hands-on experience. It has given me validation that what I thought I loved in the classroom is what I actually love to do.
If you could live in another country, where would it be and why?
Camille: I would live in Iceland – the country is beautiful and the people are consistently rated as the happiest people in the world.
Curran: I would have to say Italy. I’ve got Italian roots in my family, and the country has always amazed me. Unlimited pizza and pasta – I don’t think it gets much better than that.
Sabrina: I love to travel, but I am also a bit of a homebody. If I were to leave the United States I would probably live multiple places. My mother is from France, so I like to think I would live there, but I also love the idea of Italy, Australia (minus all the snakes and spiders) or somewhere in the Caribbean.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
Camille: When I was in first grade, my family and I hiked up an active volcano in Hawaii.
Curran: I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old, and I’ve had the privilege of being on the Auburn Tiger Paws dance team for 3 years now. For my fourth and final year on the team, I’ve been given the opportunity to serve as captain. I’m really excited for one last year dancing at Auburn football and basketball games!
Sabrina: My mother moved from France to the United States in 1974. She learned English, but many of her relatives, including my grandmother, never did. As a result, I am bilingual in order to communicate with them. I also picked up a little bit of Spanish in high school, but only enough to make my way through Spain in one piece!