Five Ways to Make the Most of Your PR Internship

June 20, 2017 6:17 pm Published by

A PR internship is a great opportunity for anyone who has a declared major. An internship allows you to apply what you’re learning in the classroom to real life work and experience. I loved my spring internship so much I worked as hard as I could to continue it through the summer!

Here are five ways that helped me make the most of my internship experience:

Do your research

  • Prior to your first day, make sure you research the firm you are interning for and their clients. The research that you do becomes helpful when working on assignments for those clients. It’s much easier to work on a project for a client when you have a general understanding of who they are and what they do.

Be open to (constructive) criticism

  • If you are working on a project that involves writing, you should not expect your first version to be the final version. It is important to understand when writing the first draft that there will be quite a few other sets of eyes on your work before it is finalized. Be patient with the process and encourage feedback and edits to your work, as they will help you have a better understanding of what is expected next time.

Take on whatever you can

  • When you have completed the projects you were assigned, ask for more. Remember, you are there to learn and the best way to do that is with hands on experiences. Not to mention, it sends a positive message to your managers that you are eager to work and learn.

Ask questions

  • There is no such thing as a stupid question! If you have a question or need clarification on a project, speak up. It’s much better to ask the questions you have rather than to submit a project incorrectly or waste time trying to simply figure it out on your own. Remember, nobody expects you to know everything!

Put your all into all that you do

  • As an intern, you may be given some smaller and more tedious projects. Remember that the work you are doing is helpful to the team and every project matters. You need to do your best work on projects of all sizes and at all levels of importance. Smaller projects pave the path to bigger ones with more responsibility.

A PR internship isn’t only a great addition to your resume and portfolio, but also a great way for you to polish your writing and organizational skills. It has been an interesting experience to use what I learn in the classroom at my internship and vice versa.

Madison Reiver is an intern at Maven Communications

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