By: Nicole Raymond
Summer is a great time to sit back, relax and soak up the sun, but it’s also a great time to get ahead in your public relations studies and career! Without the stresses of classes, homework or extracurricular activities, there’s plenty of time to organize and plan for the future. There are many ways to build your personal brand in the PR industry as well as expanding and perfecting your PR skills. Here are some summer homework assignments for PR students.
The first and maybe most obvious way to propel your PR career is to obtain a summer internship in the PR or communications field. Real world experience is crucial and will be a big bonus to your future employers after graduation. An internship can also help keep PR students up to date on the latest trends and AP style.
Volunteering is another great way to get ahead of the game in your PR career. Volunteering helps people and shows that you are a well-rounded candidate for future job applications. Helping others is an awesome way to build your resume and gain experiences you may not have had otherwise. Finding a way to volunteer for an organization you love can aid the organization and give you more experience in the field.
Our teachers and mentors are always telling us how important writing is, so take their advice and start your own blog. There’s more time in the summer for writing about things you enjoy, so why not start your own blog and write about topics that interest you. Set up a blog, write and schedule some posts, and perfect your website. This will expand your portfolio and encourage you to continue writing throughout the summer.
Reading is important and helps you stay up to date, advance your reading and writing capabilities, and expand your knowledge. With more time in the summer, grab a book and head to your favorite summer spot. Whether it’s under a tree, on the beach or in the water, there are plenty of places to enjoy a good book this summer.
Another way to get ahead is to take summer classes. A class or two is a great way to get ahead in your studies and keep your PR skills in check. Even if you cannot come to campus during the summer months, online classes can be done from the comfort of your own home and they offer the same knowledge and the same number of credit hours. Taking harder or more time-consuming classes in the summer also helps free up the regular school year for other time commitments.
Summer is a great time to perfect your resume and build your PR skills. Obtaining internships, volunteering, creating a blog, reading, writing and taking PR classes are all ways PR students can utilize the summer. So, get to work on your summer homework and get ahead in your PR studies and career!
Nicole Raymond is senior majoring in public relations and double minoring in marketing and communications. This is her first year serving on EMU PRSSA’s E-board as VP of External Relations. Nicole is a wife, aunt, daughter, sister and friend. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @nicoleraymond74.