Meet the Intern: Maria Bilello

Maria Bilello BMF Internship


Maria Bilello


University of Louisiana at Lafayette/Public Relations


Houma, Louisiana

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Crawfish Mimi bread bowl from Pop’s Poboys in Lafayette. With a cup of Bougie Rouge on the side, please!

What are your career aspirations?

I hope to stay in New Orleans and begin my career in public relations and marketing. I’m excited to start identifying my strengths and weaknesses, but I know communications is where I belong!

Define your “American Dream”:

My “American Dream” would be working hard enough to always be growing and changing, while also balancing a family and social life. I think that’s a modern American Dream.

Do you have a favorite hobby or interest outside of work?

When I’m not at work you can find me out for a jog, hanging out with my dog, Raine, or trying a new recipe in the kitchen.

What is your favorite thing to do in New Orleans?

My favorite thing to do in New Orleans is listen to live music. There is always something happening here and it’s a wonderful place to be.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

I’d love to spend a few weeks exploring Europe.

If you were trapped on a desert island and could bring only one book and one movie, what would they be?

Book: The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

Movie: Toy Story 

What is your favorite sport to watch or play?

College Baseball

Describe yourself in 50 words or less:

I am a recent college graduate with a passion for food and all things Louisiana. I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like, and I love to try new things. My motto is “bloom where you are planted.”