Michael Griffin '12 - HubSpot

 

"Eye-opening."

That's the first phrase that comes to mind for Michael Griffin, a 2012 gradute in management and communication, when asked to describe his time at Curry.

"I had a variety of experiences both on and off-campus and it's really eye-opening just how different I was in high school to now."

Michael now works as an Inbound Marketing Consultant at HubSpot, located in Cambridge, MA. But prior to his recent career success, as a member of the Curry Class of 2012, Michael was already taking advantage of what Curry had to offer him, including a public relations internship in the office of former United States Senator John F. Kerry.

"Because of my interest in current events and politics, I knew that I wanted to do a PR internship in that field. I received an email from the Curry Center for Career Development about the internship, researched it and applied."

He was soon contacted and asked to interview for the role. Prepared with an "incredible" letter of recommendation from Communication Department co-chair, Robert MacNeil, "it turned out to be one of the best interviews that I've ever gone through."

The internship coordinator gave him the position on the spot. He was tasked with corresponding with constituents via phone, email and mail and also helped behind the scenes to prepare for events and interviews involving the Massachusetts senator, former United States presidential candidate and current Secretary of State.

"The experience, contacts, and overall knowledge I gained during my internship at [then] Senator Kerry's Office really helped to prepare me for post-graduation life."

And besides sharpening his writing and speaking skills, a must for a career in Communications and PR, he was able to help people who are contacting the senator with difficult issues and concerns. "Knowing you've made a difference to someone is a very rewarding feeling!"

Prior to that, during his junior year, Michael worked as Media Relations intern in the Massachusetts State Police's Office of Media Relations in Framingham.

"That was an unbelievable experience overall. I was the first intern that they had there and I loved that every day was different than the last."

Besides attending press conferences, updating traffic reports and responding to media inquiries (for example, when a boat capsized in the Charles River and the State Police's marine unit responded, touching off a flood of questions that his office fielded), Michael had one "memorable" day in particular.

His boss had set up a tour of a local television station and while they were there, the Burlington Mall had to be evacuated for what turned out to be just a man with an umbrella.

"Everyone at the station was looking to [my boss] and the State Trooper we were with and asking 'What do you know?' It was also really nice to meet the folks that we were regularly on the phone with updating day to day."

When he was not interning or taking the Curry shuttle into Boston for fun, Michael was keeping busy on campus.

As a sophomore, he joined the Curry College Public Relations Student Association, an organization that provides Curry students with opportunities and skills for the future. Eventually he became president of the organization.

The group is responsible for bringing in experienced PR professionals from all different backgrounds, as well as strategizing on how to best promote the speakers - and as president, Michael helped make this happen.

Participating in CCPRSA was "a great opportunity to hear [the speaker's] stories and to learn how they ended up where they are currently and it directly corresponds with what we are going to do in the future as PR pros."

Michael was also a member of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society and the Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. And he was accepted into the Alexander Graham Bell Society, which is one of the highest academic honors a Curry student can achieve. Not to mention he was a Speaking Center associate and a standout on the men's soccer team.

He was also asked to speak at Accepted Student Day in 2012, delivering a speech to over 2,000 accepted students and their friends and families.

 

Academics are also a big part of Michael's Curry experience. "Everything that we do at CCPRSA and the Speaking Center, for example, has their foundations laid out for us in our classes."

"At Curry they do a really good job preparing us for both participating in these campus organizations and groups and for what we are going to do once we graduate. It all comes together."

And for Michael, so far so good...

 
 
 
 

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