I was first introduced to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce after attending their Fall Dinner. I was invited to attend as part of their student initiative, matching students to corporate tables for a free opportunity to network and learn the ropes.. It was an amazing night of interesting conversation and networking. I was able to meet a lot of new people from the business community and I even had the chance to speak one on one with the keynote speaker, Peter Mansbridge!
As a Public Relations student, I wasn’t only interested in making new connections that night, but I also wanted to observe the dynamics of the event itself. I was impressed with the size and organization of the event, and how smoothly everything came together. I was curious to know how a small team could create such an elaborate and well run event. This is when I decided to reach out and ask about a student placement. I thought it would be a great place to learn, not only about public relations, but also about the Halifax business community, since I am a New Brunswick native.
The Chamber welcomed me with open arms, and I was able to start my placement almost immediately. My first day was a whirlwind, meeting all the staff and trying to figure out what everyone did. Everyone was positive, helpful and excited to have me there and I was eager to learn!
These last 3 months have quickly flown by, and my responsibilities have been nothing short of interesting and thought provoking. My responsibilities included: writing success stories, helping with Chamber events, creating logo specifications and writing press releases for the Distinguished Speakers Series. I have learned a lot while I’ve been here, especially that the staff are capable of wearing many hats in order to accomplish whatever is thrown at them that day. They are an effective team. Although this is a small organization, they work hard for the betterment of the business community and I can truly say that I’ve felt that commitment each and every day while working here. I have learned a lot about public relations within a non-profit, the Halifax business community and the Chambers members. This has been a great placement and I have been welcomed and encouraged.
I will miss coming in everyday and being part of such an amazing and positive team. I feel privileged to take so many learnings with me going forward. It has been a great 3 months!
Danielle Gauvin is a Public Relations student who will be completing her diploma this month. She spent 3 months interning with the Chamber as part of her practical work experience.