music: “such great heights” by the postal service
show name: Lauren’s PR Podcast for Beginners by Lauren Parr, March 31, 2010
Topic: Internship Advice for PR Students
Discussion (based on blog postcreated for PR Practicum)
internship is “an advanced student or graduate in a professional field gaining supervised practical experience.” Being an intern is like working with a mentor, where someone with knowledge in public relations or communications can fill you in on what they know and guide you to become better informed and prepared for the future. No matter what kind of career you are going into, it is important to do some sort of internship beforehand in order to understand the kind of environment you are entering. A surgeon does not start operating on a patient the day they graduate from med school; they work as an intern or resident so they are fully prepared for their work. The same goes for public relations professionals. Depending on what kind of company you are working for, there are different skills and knowledge that are required for the particular job. On the blog “Entry Level Rebel,” Jessica Stillman offers six tips for getting the most out of an internship.
- Consider applying at a start-up
- D0 your homework
- Be the go-to person at all times
- Be innovative- think before you ask
- Think like the CEO
- Take notes and keep a to-do list
According to the blog, “Career Advancement- Tips to Maximize an Internship Into Career Success,” it is crucial to stay in connection with the people you work with. By letting the employer you worked under know what you are currently doing, this will “…keep your name in front of the employer.” You never know when you will need someone’s advice or help to get you where you want to be.
The most important aspect of choosing an internship is making sure it appeals to you! Tory Johnson, CEO of “Women for Hire,” gives this pointer in the blog “Top Tips for Picking an Internship.” Pick something that you feel will give you the kind of experience and work you are looking for to give you the skills you need for your dream job!
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Thank you for listening to Lauren’s PR Podcast for Beginners #1 on March 31, 2010.