Interning is important for young and enthusiastic PR students. With the right program, it can help students develop and gain practical experience that a lecture cannot give. Here at WordStorm we have had some fantastic interns that have been able to use the opportunity to help them further their education and careers. With the demand for internships growing, what will make you stand out from the crowd?
Here is a list of things to consider when you are interning:
You are offering your time (usually for free) but your employer is also giving you their time. They take an enormous risk in hiring soon to be professionals. Although interns do not take the place of a professional candidate, you are expected to treat the internship like a job. The mentoring they offer you in return is priceless.
Dress appropriately. It is always important to dress according to the work place dress code. If you are interning in an office that has a formal dress code, dress formal. Same goes for if it is smart casual however just because it’s casual this does not mean short skirts, ripped clothing or looking like you just rolled out of bed. Look like you want to be there!
With so many students fighting it out for an internship, you think everyone’s attitude would be professional and enthusiastic. What is acceptable in a class room is not always acceptable in a workplace. Therefore be grateful when you are given a task that you don’t think is that important as it is the stepping stone to harder and more complex task. If you are getting bored with routine tasks, don’t be afraid to ask for more. After all, you are here to learn but just remember to show some initiative and enthusiasm.
Always have a note pad with you, this way when given a task you can write notes so you don’t forget anything or end up asking pointless questions that have already been answered. Whether it’s directions for an assignment, important facts, or last minute instructions, take as many notes as possible. If you’re working in a fast-paced environment it’s hard to keep track of everything, especially if you’re new, so taking notes and reviewing them every so often will help you keep on top of everything.
Stepping into a new work environment can be daunting, but this is PR! You need to be able to talk and interact with co- workers, clients and journalists. So participate in discussions, social media and remember to always ask questions. You will have access to some of the industry’s most talented professionals, so try to learn as much as you can from them.
Final piece of advice- have fun! You’ve worked hard to earn this opportunity for yourself, so appreciate the experience. Keep up the good work and continue to work hard and you will not go unnoticed.