As a former Integrate Public Relations intern, I like to think I have some insight into internships and I wanted to share some of the things I learned during mine. The Inside IntegratePR Internship Initiative is officially a go. That’s not technically a thing, but it I think it should be. IIII, 4-I, I-4; I don’t know I’ll come up with a name later, but the point is it’s happening.
Here we go, internship tips from yours truly:
– Be Confident:
Speak up! If you have an idea that you think would be great, say something. Even if it doesn’t exactly fit with what the team is trying to do, it’s good to speak up because the more ideas being tossed around the better. If you don’t know something, be confident in that. Never pretend like you know something if you don’t; that just means more work later. Say you don’t know and be confident in that. No matter what, be an active part of the conversation.
– Ask Questions:
You’re an intern. You’re not supposed to know how to do everything. Always, always, always ask questions. I don’t think I emphasized that enough:
ALWAYS ask questions. You’re supposed to be learning and if you never ask questions, how can you learn? Ask about everything. Be like a four year-old and question everything. You want to walk away from an internship understanding as much as possible. So ask.
– Do More:
Always do more than is expected of you. That’s not just good internship advice, that’s good life advice. Take the initiative to go that extra mile. Be proactive. Find something you think you could improve and go for it. If you have an idea for a new way of doing something, or a new platform you think would be beneficial, do it. Do it without being told for bonus points.
In the end, an internship is what you make of it. If you’re content to fetch coffee, you’ll forever be fetching coffee. Take the steps to ensure that you are getting the most out of it, because it’s your time and your future that you’re working toward. If you put in the work and the time, internships pay off. I know, I landed this job because of an internship.
PS: Integrate Public Relations is now looking for interns. We pay and you won’t be fetching coffee.
PPS: I’m going with The I Initiative. Yes.
– written by Kaitlyn DuBose