By: Andrea Mellendorf
February is the month of love, Valentine’s Day, and, if you’re a public relations student, the time to start thinking about summer internships if you haven’t already started that process.
With so many options available for internships to apply for, it can be tough to know where to begin. Here are some tips for finding an internship you love, and that will help you grow as a public relations practitioner:
- Think about where you want to go after college.
If you are interested in working for a nonprofit organization after graduation, look for an organization that is similar to the types you see yourself working at once you have your degree! If you are interested in corporate, maybe applying to intern at a charitable organization isn’t the best fit for you. Internships are a unique opportunity to learn more about an area of the field you are passionate about, so make sure you pick one that suits your needs and goals!
- Location, location, location!
If traveling is more your style, take a risk and apply for an out-of-state, or even out-of- country internship experience! Nothing is stopping you from applying for that fashion internship you dream about in NYC, or the entertainment PR internship out in California! If the internship you want isn’t near where you live, don’t let that stop you!
- Interview the organization you’re interested in.
As you get called in for interviews, don’t forget to interview the interviewer! That time in the interview when they ask if you have any questions is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the organization you are considering to intern for, and decide if you would be a good fit in their workplace. Don’t pass up the chance to ask the questions you may have and make sure that you fully understand their workplace culture and expectations of you as an intern.
- Use your connections!
Sometimes the best internships come from who you know, not where you look for them. If you know you are looking for a summer internship, ask ayour fellow PR students, your professors and your professional connections to see what opportunities those connections may know about that you might not know!
Andrea Mellendorf is a junior public relations and communication double major, and is serving as the Chapter President of EMU PRSSA. Andrea has previously served as the VP of Special Events and Programs and the Chief Financial Officer for the Eleanor Wright chapter of PRSSA. On campus Andrea also serves as a Resident Advisor and as the Social Media Operator for The Honors College where she manages the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts