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Jayasree joined our Raleigh office earlier this year to stretch her PR muscle and support a number of our clients. She dove right into researching, creating press lists and briefing sheets, and supporting event and award submissions across our client base. Jayasree has been a big asset for our team and we wanted to learn more about her background and why she’s interested in PR. She shared with us what she hopes to learn during her time as an intern, as well as a glimpse into her personal life.

What is your background, and what inspired you to pursue PR?

I was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2019, where I majored in Communication Studies with a focus in public relations. I also completed a minor in economics and a certificate in international public relations. During my time at UNC Charlotte, I completed two communications internships, worked as a resident advisor, and served as the Vice President of External Affairs for the Chi Lambda Tau chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary. I’ve always been interested in observing the methods, reasons and skills through which we communicate, but I was drawn to public relations for its range. PR is present in every industry, and there’s no end to the variety of strategies you can implement to help a client succeed.

What do you hope to learn from interning at Blast?

My previous internships had a strong focus in marketing and social media. By interning at Blast, I hope to gain a more traditional PR experience, especially in the areas of media relations and research. I think that the advertising technology industry is fascinating, and I can’t wait to learn more about it.

What is something we wouldn’t know about you by reading your resume?

I work on a lot of crafts in my spare time. I’ve made jewelry for friends and family since I was in middle school, and I recently started teaching myself how to embroider. My big craft project at the moment is turning a handful of my old t-shirts into a quilt.

Where would you spend all your time if you could?

If I could, I would spend all my time in a library. I’ve always loved losing myself in a good book, so much that I’ve started to challenge myself to hit a new reading goal every year for the past few years. This year, I’m hoping to read 60 books, with my stretch goal being 80.

When do you feel truly “alive”?

I feel truly “alive” when I’m exploring places with my friends – whether we’re searching for secret passages in an old building, walking around a new city, or hiking through a forest we’ve never been in before. It’s fun about getting lost for a little while, and I find that I always end up learning something new.