NEW YORK, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RF|Binder, a New York-based integrated public relations and marketing communications agency, today announced the expansion of its corporate, consumer, and digital divisions with the hiring of eight talented recent college graduates recruited to be part of the agency's 2012 Associate Program. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the RF|Binder Associate Program, which is designed to initiate recent outstanding college graduates in to the field of public relations.
"This is our largest class yet, and we are very excited about the quality of the candidates this year. We are pleased to bring eight new talented young professionals to RF|Binder," said Amy Binder, CEO of RF|Binder. "The agency celebrates these new employees as valuable additions to our practice groups while providing an opportunity to foster unique professional development within our agency."
The new Associates are graduates from top colleges and universities across the country. The three new hires in the corporate practice include: Alexandra Baum, who graduated from Northwestern University (Medill) with a B.S. in Political Science and Journalism; Audrey Belloff, who graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. Political Science; and Stephanie Libous who graduated from Union College with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in English. There will also be three new associates joining the consumer practice: Alicia Clarke, who graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in Public Relations and International Studies; Emily Kjesbo, who graduated from The University of Arizona with a B.A. Journalism; and Arielle Schwartz who graduated from Syracuse University with B.A. in Public Relations. The Digital Media Group also welcomes a new team member: Hilary Ferguson who is joining from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Journalism. And finally the Boston office will be adding a new associate to both the corporate and consumer teams: Sophie Hamersley who graduated Saint Michael's College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Marketing.
The RF|Binder Associates Program received more than 500 applications for the 2012 class. The four-step selection process is one of the most rigorous in the industry and is designed to not only discover the brightest, but the most passionate young professionals. Through the first year of employment, the Associates will gain an understanding of the public relations field through targeted training sessions, senior mentorship, and total immersion working in the fast-paced, creative and challenging environment of an award-winning pr agency.
RF|Binder is a New York-based public relations and marketing communications agency. We provide communications counsel along with strategy and programming for corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Our senior team draws on its extensive experience to assist clients in managing the issues and challenges that emerge when the interests of the public, private sector and government converge. RF|Binder's highly disciplined creative process results in the kind of breakthrough thinking that separates good work from great work. In addition to the agency's New York City headquarters, RF|Binder has an office in Boston as well as bureaus in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and West Palm Beach, FL.