Since leaving Congressman Smith's district office and campaign, I moved home to St. Louis, Mo. Because I was hesitant to jump back into politics here (for a myriad of reasons), and I was unable to head to DC to pursue policy work for family reasons, I began looking for opportunities that would push me to continue developing critical thinking, writing and strategic planning skills. Fortunately, St. Louis is the global headquarters for FleishmanHillard (FH) and I was able to get a job with their Public Affairs team. The adjustment to mid-western corporate life has been interesting, but the quality of the people I work with is amazing and I am learning a lot about our country - politically, economically and socially. I consistently work on policy analysis and strategic planning for issues, crises, reputation and public awareness across many industries and levels of government including health care, agriculture, and energy to name a few.
Recently, I helped a former UPS grad and friend find a position with our Sacramento office working with our food and agriculture group. Through this process I was reminded about how little I considered or even knew about positions with companies like FH when I was in school. And, that we rarely see students in our intern programs that come from schools like Puget Sound. That said, I think the liberal arts education model and the creativity of the students at UPS translates really well to this profession and I have seen some success. I simply want to open the door to anyone who may be interested in learning more about public affairs, agency consulting, PR etc... FH has operations in most major cities in the country.