Meet Macey Cleary

Account Manager

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Macey has never met a stranger.

Seriously. She’s talked her way onto the Good Morning America set to meet Liam Hemsworth, only to track down Jennifer Lawrence a day later. And then there is that selfie with Cam Newton.

Call it determination. Call it friendliness. Whatever it is, we’re glad to have her around.

She’s new to Nashville, having lived in Sweet Home Alabama her entire life, and has an affinity for our restaurant and hospitality clients. After all, she says, who doesn’t love good food?

Before we were lucky enough to snag her, Macey worked in the Office of Communications and Marketing at her alma mater, Auburn University, where she learned to be a stickler for AP style and got to photograph Brad Paisley at an on-campus concert. Speaking of photography, it’s definitely a passion of Macey’s and you can usually find her exploring our great city with her Canon DSLR or Minolta film camera around her neck.

As an Account Coordinator, Macey supports all aspects of the agency, from drafting media pitches to media monitoring to compiling social media calendars. Her events background has also come in handy while planning launch events for clients such as Madame Tussauds, Jeff Ruby’s and Double Dogs Chow House.

Aside from her rockstar work performance, Macey has a knack for making everybody smile. If you’re having a bad day, give RPR a call—Macey will talk to you with the familiarity of your sweet old grandma and turn your day right around. Seriously, just ask the clerk at Kroger.

Fingers crossed she doesn’t start charging us for therapy some day…


Aug 09

From moving out on your own to choosing a major that could dictate your entire career, college is a major turning point. That one history class may seem like it will last forever, but four years goes by in the blink of an eye.

Now that I have been out of college and in the workforce for a year, I’ve thought a lot about what helped me stand out and land a job in a competitive market like Nashville. All signs seem to point to one thing: internships.

These days, many college programs require students to complete an internship before graduation. While some students see this as a box to check off before walking across the stage, it should be seen as a holy grail of opportunities.

I kicked off my first internship working 40-hour weeks when most college students were enjoying a break for the summer. Why did I decide to trade the pool for a cubicle? I realized that while I did learn a lot about PR through my college curriculum, nothing compares to real world experience.

Fast forward three years and three internships later, I felt fully prepared for my job search as I scoured the Internet for that coveted first post-graduate job. How can an internship help you do the same? Let’s count the ways…

Easier Transition

As an intern, you get accustomed to working in an office. You learn what’s appropriate to wear, better time management skills, office etiquette and a whole range of other skills that aren’t necessarily taught in the classroom. The transition from college life to the real world will be much easier if you are used to the early morning alarms and full days of work compared to only a few hours of classes each day.

Expand Your Networking

Networking. Networking. Networking. The job hunt is all about who you know. The employees that guided you along your intern journey could play an instrumental role in securing your first job. Before you leave the internship to head back to campus, ask your manager for a recommendation letter. This will give your internship weight in comparison to other activities since you have a true PR professional recommending you for a job.

Set Yourself Apart

Having a few internships under your belt will make a difference when you’re interviewing for your first post-graduate job. While it’s listed on your resume, make sure to highlight your intern experience in the interview and show the results from the projects you worked on while you were there. Hiring managers typically like to see numbers and analytics that prove you contributed something measureable and tangible to the team’s success.

Between balancing homework, a social life and somewhat of a sleep schedule, it can be difficult to make time for internships that aren’t required. But when it comes to applying for jobs after graduation, being able to join a team with past real world knowledge will set you a part and make you a more desirable candidate.

Interested in interning at RPR? Apply here.

By Macey Cleary