Meredith Dropkin

Grapevine Communications Invests in the Future by Training 2 New Interns

Sarasota, Florida – November 8, 2012 – 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 provides full-service advertising, marketing and public relations services to clients nationwide. The firm is the most award-winning advertising agency in Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding areas. For more information on Grapevine Communications, contact Shaunna Norris ( at 941-351-0024 or visit the website at