Summer internships are in full swing and you want to make sure you are getting the most from your experience with whatever agency or firm you are working with.
I reached out to some of my favorite PR gals (interns and pros) and got an overwhelming response of FANTASTIC advice for you interns out there.
Take it from these ladies – I promise you, they know what they’re talking about!
I would also recommend you check out @nycprgirls‘s recent blog post » The Five Questions Every Intern Should Ask. It’s a great post and couldn’t have come into my inbox at a better time – it came the day I started working on this post!
@dianalbri Become a sponge! Soak up knowledge form everyone from the doorman to the CEO of the company. Get to know your work surroundings and understand the culture of sub-culture of your environment so that you can navigate effectively.
@jenniferfcrowe Be hungry for it. Always go the extra mile, ask questions, and deliver to the best of your ability. Let your passion shine through and be proactive about what you’re working on. Think outside the box!
@emilyvontom There is always something to do! If you finish a project and think you can sit back and relax, think again. Always ask for something new, something more. Be a go getter – it doesn’t go unnoticed.
@VivaLaLindsay Always offer to stay late or help out at client events that aren’t required of you – not only will this convey your dedication to your agency, but I can guarantee that you’ll also garner valuable one-on-one time with your boss!
@step_onmyknee The best way to make the most of a summer internship is to be a sponge. Soak up everything you can and make the most of your time there.
@RedStilettoPR The extent to which your internship experience enhances your professional value depends upon the extent to which you invest your efforts in your internship experience.
@shayna19 It’s easy during the summer to get into a more laid-back mentality, which is understandable! However, I definitely recommend making daily and weekly schedules, task outlines, and to-do lists to stay on top of things, even if your supervisor isn’t providing these for you.
@cmroman Get to know your coworkers one-on-one by inviting them to lunch or coffee. You’ll feel more comfortable in the office and these people will hopefully advocate on your behalf during and after your internship.
@exPRessionPR Don’t forget to network! Introduce yourself to all of your coworkers. You never know who could open a new door of opportunity for you.
@esabak Remember that the team of company you’re interning for has a vision and is trusting you to help carry it out. Try to be as proactive and helpful as possible, and think about what type of help you would want if the roles were reversed.
@AlyssaNRomeo Don’t be afraid to approach people higher up the chain than you. If there’s something you really want to learn or try your hand at, first speak to your supervisor and see how to go about getting in touch with the right people. This not only shows the company you’re interested in different aspects of what they do, but the more people you network with, the more likely they are to remember you upon your graduation.
@OliviaAdamsPR For summer interns who feel like they aren’t getting enough out of their internship, they need to speak up to their manager. You internship is your education and you need to soak up every skill and experience that you can. If you feel like you’re not challenged enough or want more relevant assignments to your field, voice your needs to your boss.
Take advantage of every opportunity and learning experience that comes your way. For example, if your manager attends monthly PRSA meetings, see if you can come along. There are endless ways for you to gain industry experience outside of your summer internship!