Hi I’m Rebekah Gregg! I lived in Northern Virginia for twelve years and moved down to Johnston County with my family in 2017. Moving my Senior year of high school was a big change but everyone in the area was so welcoming and kind, which eased my transition. I was also grateful to be accepted into my dream school, North Carolina State University. I’m now a senior within the Parks and Recreation program and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Before interning with the JCVB, I worked as a wedding planning assistant, a social media intern for a local non-profit, and set-up non-profit galas at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Growing up I played competitive soccer and volleyball but I still love to stay fit by trying new workout classes such as barre, yoga, HIIT, and strength training. I also like spending time outdoors and going for walks in my free time.
This past January I joined the JCVB team as a Spring Marketing Intern. Being supervised by the Marketing Director has been an incredibly beneficial experience and I’ve learned so much. I’ve added closed captioning to the Bureau’s YouTube videos so that they’re accessible, I’ve written blogs for the website like this one about Date Night in JoCo, and I’ve also learned about the customer relationship management system.
The customer relationship management system is essentially a database that allows us to keep track of all of our partners in one convenient location. For one of my projects I was tasked with looking through the state tourism office's (VisitNC) website to find pictures of our local businesses. I then found their contact information in the CRM system and sent them photo permission forms so that we had written approval to display their images.
I was also recently tasked with taking photos of local business partners, which was exciting because I was able to discover so many delicious locally owned restaurants and cute antique shops around the county. I’m currently working on a project that focuses on integrating sales efforts into the Bureau’s social media content plan.
For my internship class I’m required to complete an agency analysis of the JCVB which takes a comprehensive look at their personnel practices, marketing strategies, financial plans, and much more. My favorite part about the internship so far has been getting to know the staff and learning more about what Destination Marketing Organizations do.
Many people would be surprised by the amount of effort that goes into marketing a destination, as well as the economic impact that it has for residents. Since I didn’t grow up around here, it’s also given me a glimpse into all of the awesome attractions, events, and locally owned businesses that I didn’t know were right in my own backyard.
When I graduate in May I’m hoping to travel as well as find an entry-level marketing position or social media content job. I’ve really enjoyed my time so far with the Johnston County Visitors Bureau and I’m looking forward to soaking up all that I can in the final few weeks of my internship.