This summer we are excited to welcome Olivia Bousquet into our office as an intern. Over the course of nine weeks, Olivia will work along TDC staff to promote our business and the region. Olivia joins us from SUNY Plattsburgh and is a native to Clinton County, NY. We are looking forward to working with her and adding her expertise to our organization.
As the summer semester draws near, we’ve asked Olivia to share a little bit about herself.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Peru, NY.
What are you studying?
I am double majoring in multimedia journalism and public relations.
What year are you at SUNY Plattsburgh?
This is my second year as a student at SUNY Plattsburgh but have enough credit hours to be considered a junior.
What has been your favorite course so far in college?
There have been many courses that I loved and learned about different things from, but my all-time favorite course was web design. It focused on using HTML and CSS coding, which was something I had never done before. It was one of the more challenging courses that I’ve taken, mainly because I had zero experience with coding, but by the end of the semester, I had successfully coded my own website from scratch.
What activities are you involved in at SUNY Plattsburgh?
Cardinal Points, our school newspaper, where I serve as the news editor. I started as a staff writer for the opinion section, and this past semester was given the opportunity to run the news section.
I am also a committee member of Shine On!, a nonprofit organization that aims to teach young girls communication skills, character strengths and confidence. This year the committee was able to create a conference for more than 6,000 K-8 students in New York State to learn about STEM careers and be a part of a NASA downlink with the astronauts on the International Space Station.
This semester I also joined the Public Relations Student Society of America.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy being active and getting outside, whether it’s going for a hike or playing sports. For my last birthday, I got a pair of rollerblades which has been a new favorite pastime, I’ve been breaking them in on local trails as much as possible.
When I’m not being active or doing course work, I love reading books. My favorite author is Dan Brown, and I’ll read anything by him.
And like many people, I love spending time with my family and friends.
What are some fun facts about you?
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
This is hard because I love ice cream so much, but I never get tired of a good coffee ice cream.
What are you looking forward to most about this internship?
Overall, I am excited to gain more practical experience and become a better public relations professional. I am passionate about anything that has to do with writing, and I believe that this internship will help me further my knowledge and skills with public relations writing and campaigning.
I am also excited to create connections with and learn more about the business in the North Country. I have lived here for 20 years and I still feel that there are many places I don’t know about.
What is your favorite thing to do locally?
Go Hiking! I enjoy exploring the beauty of my backyard while unplugging from my phone for a few hours. I am not a 46er, but enjoy exploring all of the other amazing mountains in the Adirondacks. Catamount Mountain is one of my personal favorites, it is a challenging climb, but there is a lot of rock scrambling, which I think is the best part of hiking.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I am not entirely sure, after things changed so dramatically over the past year, thinking five years ahead is mind-blowing. I loosely plan to start my professional career in the North Country to gain experience and further build my resume. I have never lived anywhere else, so spreading my wings and living elsewhere could be a strong possibility. If I am working somewhere that I am passionate about, I know I’ll be happy and will let the course of nature guide me. But the one thing that is certain for the next five years, I do plan on having a dog!
While Olivia is figuring out what the next five years will hold, we are thrilled to be a part of her immediate career path. We are so excited to continue to get to know Olivia over the course of her internship this summer. If you’d like to say hello to Olivia, send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in filling an internship position within your own organization? Northern NY is home to well-known higher education organizations, each with their own unique pool of talented individuals. Get in touch with the career services center to post your position and get matched with a great fit for your organization.