By: Katie Gerweck
According to Solent PR, “PR is becoming more and more competitive, so standing out above all the other PR students and graduates is very important,” and “When a potential employer is looking at your work history, they’re far more likely to look fondly upon those who have relevant work experience” (source). The best way to do that? Internships!
Searching for internships can be daunting, especially if you need one with certain criteria to meet an academic requirement. (An internship is a graduation requirement for public relations majors at EMU). Fortunately, there are plenty of great resources available to students who are looking for internships, and utilizing them can make your search much easier.
The Detroit Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has a list of available internships. According to its website, internship details “include candidate qualification recommendations, tips for structuring a successful internship program and an activity checklist highlighting the kinds of tasks interns may be assigned.” This website is a great way to find a number of quality, public relations-related internships all in one place.
Our PRSSA chapter is another excellent resource. Like PRSA Detroit, we have a list of available internships on our website. You can also follow EMU PRSSA on Twitter to get internship alerts – Tweets are automatically generated when we post about a new internship, so you don’t have to keep checking back!
PRSSA members can also get help from our Vice President of Professional Development, who helps members find internships.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, consider contacting companies directly to ask if they have any internships available. (You can check out this PRSSA blog post for advice on what to say). Seeking advice from a professor or adviser can also be helpful. They may know of an opportunity that hasn’t been posted online, or be able to point you to a new resource or internship-finding website. Although reaching out can be intimidating, it never hurts to ask!
Katie Gerweck is a senior majoring in public relations with a minor in journalism. She is the editor-in-chief for EMU PRSSA, and also works as a copy editor for the Eastern Echo. She was the copy chief for the Echo during the summer of 2015.