This summer, I was given the opportunity to intern with Maven. As my first internship, I could not have asked for a better experience. Working with this talented team has taught me so much about myself and the public relations industry. Below are my three biggest takeaways from this experience:
1. PR is Not One-Dimensional
Coming into my first internship, I did not know what to expect. Based on my education in public relations, I knew I would probably have to write press releases and create social media posts, but this internship showed there is so much more to PR.
While at Maven, I was able to dabble in so many aspects of the industry. I was able to gain experience in writing social media content, media monitoring, and all things media relations. I also discovered that my favorite area to work in is research.
2. Communication is Key
At an internship, you have to be able to effectively communicate with your direct supervisor and other team members. Since I interned in an agency setting, I had the opportunity to work on different projects for different clients every day. This forced me to better time manage and prioritize.
Since I was working on multiple projects at once, I had to make sure that I communicated the status and progress of each project, especially if I couldn’t make a deadline. I also learned the importance of asking questions. Some of the tasks were foreign to me, so I had to ask questions to make sure I executed them correctly.
3. Your Supervisors Want to See You Grow
First and foremost, an internship is a learning experience. My supervisors did not expect me to come in knowing everything about the PR industry. With every task I was assigned, they offered to provide training and warmly welcomed any questions.
My supervisors also wanted to make sure that I got the most out of my experience with Maven. They encouraged me to share which aspects of PR I liked most to make sure I gained experience in those areas.
As I reflect on my experience with Maven so far, I am thankful for all the opportunities they have given me. Here, I was able to grow my passion for public relations research, as well as uncover new areas of interest in PR. I got a firsthand look at what a future in PR could be like, and I could not be more excited to begin my journey post-graduation.
Thank you for reading my Insight on my PR internship experience with Maven. Learn more about Maven’s public relations and digital design internship positions by reading Sophia Keller’s Insight, “My Digital Design Internship,” and Dylan Manderbach’s Insight, “How to Succeed in Your Virtual PR Internship.”
Note: This Insight was created by Amelia Wilt, Maven’s Public Relations Intern.