Ana Martinez ’12 is a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences
with a degree in Public Relations. She is currently an account
coordinator at Coyne PR. Pirate Press sat down with Ana as she reflected
on her time as a Pirate.
Anna Martinez and team members receiving first place in the Pirates Pitch Venture Fund Competition. Pirates Pitch Venture Fund Competition
1. How did you come to select Seton Hall? Tell us where you’re from, and how you made the decision to attend.
I am a big believer in the saying, “what’s meant to be will find its
way” and in this case, it truly did! I was born in Cuba, and came to the
United States at the age of 6. With minimal resources my family did
all that was in their power to put me in a position where I could seek
opportunities I would not have had in my native land. I was raised in
Belleville, N.J., just 20 minutes away from Seton Hall. Despite the
proximity, I knew very little about the university and applied by chance
after a fee waiver came in the mail. After stepping foot on the campus I
was enamored! The feel of a close knit community, professors that were
eager to mentor me, a great scholarship and a campus rich with
diversity, all sealed the deal for me.
2. Other than academics, how did you spend your time at Seton Hall?
Did you take an active role in service work, club, Greek life or other
opportunities offered by Seton Hall?
One of my favorite things at Seton Hall has always been the diversity
of activities and organizations one can engage with. From service work
with DOVE, holding board positions for Village Liaisons and the Public
Relations Student Society of America, and working at the Public
Relations and Marketing Department, I spent my time at Seton Hall not
only focused on my academics but also doing the things I loved. I was
fortunate enough to be part of the National Bateman Case Study
Competition my senior year as well as win first place alongside my team
members in the Pirates Pitch Venture Fund Competition. Most rewarding of
all, I became a sister of the first and largest Latin sorority in the
nation, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated.
3. How did Seton Hall help you develop professionally? Did particular
faculty, staff or programs influence your choice of major or career
Seton Hall was a catalyst to my professional development in a number
of ways. As I left behind my high school years, I remember the first
time I stepped into a college classroom. Feeling overwhelmed and
academically underprepared I made it my goal to study as much and as
long as I had to, in order to succeed. One professor in particular, Dr.
Kathleen Rennie, mentored me in everything there was to know about the
field I had chosen to pursue. After six internships, several mentors,
countless visits to the career center and involvement in a long list of
campus activities, I left Seton Hall as a professional ready to put the
theory I had learned in and outside of the classroom to work.
4. Tell us about your job search. Was finding employment difficult? What led you to your current position?
When the job search begins the nerves kick in and the uncertainty
becomes all too scary, at least that was my experience. Knowing that it
would be difficult to find employment I hoped to cover my bases as I
prepared for this next chapter. I began applying to graduate school and
simultaneously looked for possible employment opportunities with no
specific direction. I interviewed at a couple of firms and even thought
about starting a business. Finally, at the ROPE in Success event, I
connected with a colleague which I had interned for at Coyne PR in 2011.
Following that encounter, I interviewed several times and took a
writing test. Three days before graduation, I was hired!
5. Tell us about your current position. What are you working on? Do you enjoy it?
I am currently an account coordinator on the health team at Coyne
PR. I work directly with clients such as Humana, the Christopher and
Dana Reeve Foundation and Atlantic Health. The team just wrapped up a
campaign at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions
known as Freewheelin! The best part about the job is there truly is no
routine. Each day presents a new challenge. Whether it is writing or
pitching an event (sometimes even in Spanish) there is a lot to learn,
especially because public relations is an industry that is continually
6. Are there other Seton Hall alumni working for your current employer?
Coyne PR is full of Pirates! There are actually a couple of
colleagues that graduated in 2012 and a long list of alumni employed by
the agency. Believe it or not, many of us have a pirate icon on our
7. How are your classmates doing? Are they finding jobs?
The market is tough and the competition is even tougher. Many of my
classmates found jobs upon graduation while others are still on the
hunt. Although it is increasingly difficult to find employment, I am
happy to say many of those classmates who really worked hard throughout
their undergraduate careers have been hired or chosen to further their
8. What advice would you offer current Seton Hall juniors and seniors who are thinking about post-graduate employment?
It is all about being proactive as early as possible! Becoming
involved with organizations or clubs that cater to your major, visiting
the career center and participating in internship programs are crucial
steps for juniors and seniors. It is essential to connect with both
peers and professionals to create a network to help facilitate your
search for post graduate employment.
9. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Seton Hall has an immense amount of resources and possibilities. It
is a matter of seeking them and dedicating your time here to doing the
things you love. As far as academics, there is a pool of faculty which
act not only as professors, but mentors to guide you every step of the
way. Speaking to them and taking the time to get to know them will open
doors you may have never thought you could enter. When it comes to
activities, you can be a part of anything and everything. The
opportunities allow students to be part of a nationally recognized radio
station, Student Activities Board, a Greek organization, or an honor
society centered on their major. I believe this is the time for students
to dig deep and explore their passions. The university is an oyster for
every student to take advantage of. It is a matter of placing yourself
in a role of leadership and using these resources to take full advantage
of every moment at Seton Hall.
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