Working as an intern in public relations is an almost guaranteed way to get hands-on, relevant experience in the profession. You have the opportunity to surround yourself in a communications environment, work on projects and network with fellow employees.
Is one internship enough? What are the advantages of having multiple internships? It seems logical that the more internships the more likely you are to land a job after graduation.
Having more than one internship allows you to explore multiple interests and determine what type of environment you would enjoy most. I was an intern in two entertainment public relations firms in Los Angeles last summer. After those experiences, I knew I would be more than content employed in an agency setting.
“How is non-profit work different than agency? What about corporate public relations? How much can you do with freelancing?” These thoughts plagued me since last summer. To answer my questions, I decided to intern for two non-profits this summer and become a freelance writer for another non-profit.
When I interview for positions after graduation, I will have a wide range of experience because the projects I completed for each employer were unique. Not only did I create media lists, pitch journalists, and aid in developing events, but I also wrote articles published in media outlets, acted as a supervisor for a non-profit volunteer, and created promotional materials. The more internships you have the more responsibility you will have for various projects.
Networking will help you get that job you want after graduation. Consider the chances to network while interning at several different places during college. You can meet and learn from more practitioners if you intern at more than one organization. At the non-profits I work at, I get to work alongside more than public relations professionals. I cross paths with accountants, a board of directors and volunteers.
Although I have had incomparable experiences at the non-profits and the summer is only half over, I know my heart is in the agency world. How did I figure that out? By interning at multiple organizations.
Have you had multiple internships? If so, how has it benefitted you? If not, do you plan to intern again or do you feel you are prepared for the professional world from your intern experience?
Evan Nicholson is a senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, majoring in public relations and minoring in marketing and art history. She is the public relations director for Temple’s PRSSA Chapter. Nicholson is also director of finance and an account executive for PRowl Public Relations, Temple’s student-run firm associated with PRSSA.