Growing up, I always thought I would be a lawyer. My parents threw me to the wolves and left me to fend for myself when I enraged my older brother. But, hey, it built character. I was quick with my responses, adaptable to new challenges and could problem-solve under any stressful circumstance (noogies, mainly). “Law and Order: SVU” convinced me that these were the traits of a natural-born litigator. Little did I know that 12 years later, as an undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania, these same abilities would lead me to a different line of work altogether: firefighting.
My name is Fiona Bardhoshi, and I’m incredibly excited to introduce myself as Hill Impact’s summer strategic communications intern.
As an English and political science major, the only fires that I’ll be extinguishing are figurative ones -- those that threaten to melt away the success of the firm’s clients. Hill Impact works closely with Fortune 500 global corporations, national nonprofits, high-profile individuals and many other industry leaders. The firm specializes in guiding communications and government relations strategies and advising on a multitude of complex issues, including crisis.
By diving into research and strengthening my writing, I’ll be arming the team with the resources and information they need to help clients through any heated situation -- monitoring our water supply, so to speak.
My past experiences solidified my love for working in small teams, as putting out fires with a bucket-brigade of talented coworkers and peers is where I thrive. I previously worked for a small, social-impact startup in DC and led a non-profit in Philadelphia with a team of 40 students. I’m looking forward to working with the firm’s diverse clientele and learning as much as I can in the realm of project management and strategic communications.
When I’m not in our great office space (it has massage chairs), I can almost always be found either cooking a recipe from Ina Garten, plowing through my summer reading list or watching the newest Netflix docu-crime drama. When I’m not on the couch watching TV, I genuinely love to do the New York Times crossword puzzle. I know, that’s odd for a 20 year old. But if you’ve ever finished a Saturday puzzle without cheating, you’ve experienced the rush.
Though, I’m also looking forward to new challenges I have to tackle during the weekdays. I’m excited to spend my summer at Hill Impact getting to know the brilliant people around me as they suit up for action.
I’ll be the girl in the back, ready to crack open the fire hydrant.