The Australian Invasion of Barefoot PR

I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Call it fate, karma, divine will or whatever you’d like, but certain experiences and people are brought into your life for a purpose. Two days into my internship at Barefoot and I can already tell you this is where I’m meant to be.

I moved to Colorado four years ago from Sydney, Australia to study at the University of Colorado Boulder. Colorado and Sydney are polar opposites, but that was part of what I liked about the idea of moving here. Somewhere completely different that pushed me out of my comfort zone. As soon as I got to Boulder I fell in love with the city! Wandering the shops and restaurants on Pearl Street, shopping on 29th Street and exploring campus became my favorite things to do – and four years later not much has changed. If you have yet to go to Boulder, change that ASAP. It’s like nowhere you’ve ever been, I promise.

When I first started university I was certain I wanted to be a politician. Before that, I was certain I wanted to be a fashion designer. At the age of ten, I knew marine biology was my passion. Needless to say I hadn’t quite figured out who I wanted to be or what I wanted to do. The American Political System was my first college class – and it kicked the desire to be a politician right out of me. No thank you, new profession. But where to next? An extrovert by every definition, I knew I had to do something where I was surrounded by people and where writing was a large part of my job. In high school I had worked in promotions and had an internship at a beauty and lifestyle PR agency, so I thought – why not give it a go again? TA-DAH! Fate steps in. Well, fate or my American Political System class. I changed my major to Communication and the rest as they say, is history.

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So you ask, why Barefoot?

My mother is the founder and CEO of the phrase “Google it,” so at the end of one of my college-freak-out-I-need-my-mum phone calls that was of course her sage advice. I had been stressing about finding an internship where I would actually be doing meaningful work, pouring through a sea of job descriptions that quite honestly should have just put “get coffee.” After a heavy sigh and an eye-roll (that I’m sure could be heard through the phone), I Googled it. Best boutique public relations firms in Denver. After researching all the firms listed, Barefoot stood out. From their approach as a public relations firm with a purpose and their client list, I knew this was a company I would be proud to work for. I researched Barefoot and called the office to see if they were hiring a fall intern – and sure enough they were! I spent days making sure my application was going to set me apart from other candidates.

Side note: Starbucks, if you saw a hike in your stock price…you’re welcome.

When I walked into the Barefoot office for my interview I could picture myself working (and being friends) with the team. Thankfully, they felt the same way too! For any of the prospective/future interns reading this, Rihanna said it best. Work, work, work, work, work, work. All the hours I spent searching and preparing paid off – and even though I now have to admit my mother was right, it is 100% worth it.

In case there was any doubt in my mind that Barefoot is my dream internship, they have a tequila bar. Tequila. Bar. I know, say no more.

– Gabrielle Richmond #theintern #notRobertDeNirothough