Chances are you don’t have 2-3 years of PR experience in-house or on the agency side right of college. Fortunately, we have the remedy for this lack of experience – an internship. In fact, intern as much as you possibly can before graduating, and even after graduating. It is not a failure to not snag that dream job right out of college. As #GIRLBOSS extraordinaire Sophia Amorusa once said, “The ultimate failure is really just giving up, so as long as you’re trying, you’re successful.”
Since navigating an internship can be just as tricky as landing one, we’ve compiled a list of do’s and don’ts that can keep you on the right track. Stick with us kid, and you just might land a job post-graduation.
Ask Questions – ask as many questions as you need to. It is better to get the job done right, than to do a poor job because your pride got in the way. If you don’t know how to do something, say so.
Speak Up – if you have an idea for a client or a new story angle you want to pitch, let your mentor or supervisor know! They want to see you actively participating, not only doing the bare minimum that is required of you. This leads us to our next point…
Anticipate The Needs of Your Supervisor – if they seem stressed, ask what you can do to help. Remember, it is about what you can do for them, not what they can do for you.
Leave Before Your Boss – you don’t want to seem so eager to escape your desk that they think you hate your internship. The desk is not a ball and chain, so don’t treat it like one! Wait to be dismissed for the day.
Get Discouraged – you may send one hundred pitches before you even get a response. Don’t let this slow you down or affect your confidence. Relationships with media are very hard to create, but once you do, you can cultivate it. Have patience, grass hopper.
Hesitate To Let Them Know What You Want – if you are interested in helping at an event, say so. If you want to expand on your experience and work on a different project or client, tell your supervisor. You may land opportunities that would have remained closed to you, had you remained silent.
There you have it – a short list of do’s and don’ts that can help you navigate the tricky world of internship relations. If you have any other tips or tricks, let us know on Twitter @FashionPRCon, we’d love to hear from you!