An internship is one of the best ways to get started in PR. I still remember being recruited from my university by a PR agency where I launched my career. Fast forward 20+ years later and I am still working with some of my colleagues from that agency. This guest post by University of Missouri student Abby Schroeder brings back memories! – Elena Verlee
I spent my entire junior year listening to my professors drill the same three words into my head.
“Get an internship.”
Ok, great! How? Between schoolwork, extra-curriculars, a job, sleep and attempting to have a normal social life, I found out that getting your foot in the door in the PR industry was no easy task.
In today’s competitive job market, internship experience is a must-have in order to one day land your dream job. The one problem is: Where do I begin?
I spent a year serving as the Vice President of my sorority and running the social media accounts for an organization in my college’s business school. At the time, I was doing those things because they kept me busy and it was a form of income.
After realizing writing was a key skill to have in the public relations industry, I decided to start freelance writing for my college paper. I mainly did it for the resume booster, something to talk about in an interview and something to keep me busy. But when I landed my first interview with a PR agency, I had to complete a timed writing test and I was so thankful to have those skills in my back pocket.