After taking an advanced placement course in high school, Sabine Levache knew she wanted to study psychology in college.
“I always wanted to work with children, but I wasn’t sure in what way I wanted to,” said Levache. “When I entered Temple, I originally wanted to study clinical psychology.”
Now a junior, Levache is still majoring in psychology, however, she has chosen to pursue an entirely different career path: public relations.
“I was reading a magazine and there was an excerpt from someone who was the VP of communications for DKNY,” said Levache. “I was always interested in the entertainment industry, so I figured [public relations] would be a good way for me to work in the field.”
After picking up a public relations minor during her sophomore year, Levache knew that to succeed in the field, she would need to gain real-world experience before graduating.
By interning with Jenna Communications this past semester, Levache has gained hands-on experience in the public relations field and has used her liberal arts education to further her development as a communications professional.
To find an internship, Levache searched for PR firms throughout the city, and after reaching out to Jenna Communications, was asked to interview for a position.
As a public relations intern, she pitched media outlets, booked interviews , put together public relations reports for clients , and contributed to the company’s newsletter.
Levache used techniques and knowledge she learned from her psychology classes to succeed at the public relations firm.
“I think that my psychology classes compliment the public relations field really well because [psychology] is about how people communicate, and that allows me to understand the best way to catch people’s attention,” said Levache. “Because psychology is such a broad field, you can major in it and do anything because you are not restricted.”
Levache recommends that students “follow their hearts” by exploring various career paths during their time in college and not limit themselves based on their field of study.
She also recommends asking questions and not being afraid of making mistakes when completing an internship.
“You are probably going to make a mistake, and that’s okay,” said Levache. “Ask if you are unsure about something or want to learn more because that’s what you are there for.”
In the future, Levache wants to pursue a career in entertainment public relations in New York City.