Grapevine Communications, the area's leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, is continuing its tradition of training the next generation of creative professionals by taking on two new interns. Nickie Halbert graduat

Grapevine Communications, the area's leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, is continuing its tradition of training the next generation of creative professionals by taking on two new interns. Nickie Halbert graduated recently from Elon University in North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communications. Ariel Burke earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication/Advertising from University of South Florida, and is currently a student at State College of Florida, majoring in Graphic Design.

"We are pleased to have Nickie and Ariel training with our team," said Grapevine Founder and President Angela Massaro-Fain. "We give interns the opportunity to see an ad agency at work and an environment in which to develop their creative skills. I look for the best and brightest students, and those whose work stands out have the opportunity to be hired on staff at the end of their internships."

Two long-time Grapevine employees, Account Executive Gabriele Vest and Art Director Lisa Becht, were both hired after completing internships with the agency.

"I'm glad to have the opportunity to get some real-world experience," said Nickie Halbert. "I'm learning a lot, building on my skills and adding to my resume, all of which is so important in today's job market."

Grapevine Communications is a full-service, award-winning advertising, marketing and public relations firm based in Sarasota, Florida, and serving clients nationwide. The firm was awarded the 2010 Frank G. Berlin, Sr., Small Business Award by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. For more information on Grapevine Communications, call 941-351-0024 or email luzzo@grapeinc.com.

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