Where Are They Now? Maria Albini '13

October 01, 2014

Maria Albini

Maria works as an Account Executive at Kortenhaus Communications in Boston.

What did you study at Simmons?

I majored in communications and minored in business.

What's a typical day like at your job?

I work for a boutique communications firm with clients across many different industries such as fashion, beauty, retail, hospitality, real estate, non-profit and more. A typical day includes writing pitches to writers, press release and media alerts, conducting research, client management and social media.

What was the job application process like for you?

Finding a job at first was tough! I wanted to make sure I worked for a small company where I knew I could excel, grow and learn. The professors at Simmons were very helpful in the job application process and helping me when I needed it even after I graduated. Not hearing back from people can be discouraging, but there is a place out there for everyone!

What's your favorite part of your job?

What I love most about my job is that I get to work with clients in many different industries. Since I've been at Kortenhaus I have worked with clients such as Chanel, The Heritage On The Garden, Ellie Kai, Bluemercury, Wrentham Village and Merrimack Premium Outlets, Loews Boston Hotel, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and more.

How did you know the organization was a good fit for you?

I knew Kortenhaus was a good fit for me the moment I walked into the office for my interview. During the application process I conducted a lot of research as to where I would want to work. Who were their clients? How big was the company? Would it be the right fit for me? Personally in order to grow and learn I knew I needed to work in a smaller office where I could be heavily involved in the day to day activities and working at Kortenhaus I got just that.

What was your favorite class you took at Simmons? Why?

My favorite class at Simmons was Introduction to Public Relations and Marketing with Joan Abrams. This was one of the first classes I took in Communications and it is what made me declare my major. Professor Abrams was filled with a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience and taught me a great deal about the public relations industry.

If you could come back and take any class at Simmons what would it be?

If I could go back to Simmons I would take any class with Len Mailloux. I took three classes with him during my studies at Simmons: Media and the First Amendment, Globalization on a Shoestring and Radio Operations. I truly enjoyed the experiences and stories he brought to his courses in the Communications Department and from him I learned a lot about the professional world.

How has it been transitioning into a young professional?

Transitioning into a young professional definitely had its challenges and I still miss walking into Simmons every day. Since graduating, I have the pleasure of living in one of the greatest cities in the world, have met many great people, gained a plethora of knowledge and truly love what I do. What's better than that?

How did Simmons help prepare you for your career?

The classes that I took at Simmons, along with the professors who helped me along the way, played a major role in me not only getting a job in a top agency in Boston but also succeeding. I thank my professors and the Simmons community as a whole for giving me a helping hand in this process.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

This is a tough question, and I am not exactly sure where I will be in ten years! In that time I would love to start my own blog, write a book and travel. Although my love for Boston is strong, I would love to move to New York City within the next ten years to create new experiences and memories.

What advice would you give to the current Simmons undergraduate students?

No matter what your major, I would highly suggest taking an internship. Yes you learn a lot through your classes and school work and you might not think you need one, but nothing compares to what you learn from truly experiencing the day to day tasks and responsibilities of a job. You might not be happy and realize it's not for you, or you might fall in love with it and realize you were on the right path but either way you're learning!