From Boston to Buckingham: Fix Up, Look Sharp

This past week marked the start of the actual internship phase of the London Internship Program. I’m interning at a small PR firm called Higginson Strategy, which focuses on helping organizations and people who are making positive change in the world.

Higginson Strategy is located in the Aldgate Tower WeWork location, in the City of London.

The office is located in the City of London, which is where all of London’s skyscrapers are. It’s essentially the corporate hub of the London area, and the tube ride there allows me a solid half hour to read, listen to music, and catch up on podcasts (my current go-to is “Pod Save America”).

I’d honestly been awaiting this week a long time. Ever since I first heard that I might have the chance to intern with Higginson over the summer, I knew it was going to be a great fit. Their mission and values aligned perfectly with mine, and I knew it would be a great opportunity to learn about the PR industry in London, as well as about life in Great Britain in general.

I was especially excited to start the placement because I had been lucky enough to get to know my supervisors when they invited me to one of their workshops a few weeks ago. Learning more about Higginson’s projects and goals for the future directly from the team only confirmed my thought that this was the perfect place for me to be.

It’s a relatively small team, with only about four people working out of the London office, but in talking to them, it was clear to me that they had big plans. I started to count down the days until I could be a part of it all.

Our office features a lot of open space.

Time flies when you’re having fun, and my first week has certainly flown by. Our office is located in a beautiful building called Aldgate Tower, which looks super fancy and cool from the outside, and is super fancy and cool on the inside.

Inside of Aldgate Tower, we’re on a WeWork floor, which is comprised of tons of small offices, a kitchen, and a big sitting area where people can go to eat lunch or just get a change of scenery while they work.

There’s always cool music playing (when I walked in on my first day, one of my favorite bands was playing, definitely a good omen), and there’s always a jar of cookies or biscuits, which never seems to be empty. The entire floor has floor-to-ceiling windows, so there’s no bad view, and the offices also have glass walls, so you can see all the cool stuff people are working on. I feel inspired even when I’m just walking to fill up my water bottle or make a cup of tea. The bathroom doors even have a little motivation built in, which is where I got the idea for the title of this blog.

Awesome workspace included, things have been great. I managed to survive the first day “don’t screw anything up” nerves and have just been trying to be as helpful as I can. Most of my work has been research based. For instance: Today, I was compiling a list of experts and members of Parliament who might be interested in appearing on a podcast.

Some washroom wisdom, brought to you by WeWork.

My other main responsibility is to monitor the 1:00 p.m. news program and take note of the headlines, the order in which they’re presented, and whether they mention anything relevant to our clients.

It’s pretty typical PR intern work, but I’m still thrilled to be working here, especially with such intelligent and kind people. My top career goal has always been to find a job that makes me excited to go to work every day, and I’ve definitely found that here in London with Higginson Strategy.

 

 

Claire Doire, Study Abroad Correspondent

Claire Doire is a junior at Boston University studying Public Relations with a minor in Political Science. She hails from Middletown, Rhode Island and is currently studying abroad in London: the home of her wordsmithing hero, William Shakespeare. Back in Boston, Claire spends her free time dancing, acting, and working hard to one day become her own version of The West Wing’s C.J. Cregg.

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