8 Tips for PR interns
Starting this internship was a bit scary to me, especially because I haven’t had a full-time job before. As a student, I very seldom have to rely on others or have others relying on me, but now I feel that it’s a whole different ball game. I need to ensure that I complete my tasks so that my colleagues can count on me to have work done on time. We all rely on each other to make sure that each project is complete on time. The environment is totally different to that of my campus and so it was quite an adjustment. I followed these few tips from 10 Fold which definitely helped me on this new adventure:
- Never hesitate to ask questions
Asking questions is the only way that you’ll learn and ensure that you know what you’re doing is correct. I feel that it is important to make 100% sure that I understand what I am required to do and that I am executing the task correctly.
- Set deadlines for yourself
I always make sure that I set deadlines for myself so that I complete my tasks before or on deadline. Setting deadlines for myself also reminds me of the tasks that need to be completed.
- Perfect your researching skills
Research. Research. Research. This is one of the most important components of Public Relations. I find myself doing research at least once a day on various topics, but more often than not, I use research when compiling different media lists.
4. Always be eager and ready
I have found that showing that you are eager and ready to assist with any task is important. I always try to show my colleagues that I’m willing to help them with whatever they need. This shows that you are interested and excited to get involved and learn more.
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5. Don’t hesitate to ask if you’d like to be a part of a task/project
Don’t underestimate yourself. If you feel like you would like to be a part of a certain project because you believe it will expose you to new experiences, don’t be afraid to ask and offer your help. If I feel that I will be able to assist with a certain task, I offer my help as I know that this will only broaden my knowledge and skills.
6. Don’t forget to set aside time for yourself
Even though it’s important to work hard, it’s just as important to take a break every now and again. During lunch, I like to get up from my desk and take a walk or a drive to the shop for a mini break before tackling the rest of my work for the day. Encourage yourself to move away from your laptop or desk for a few minutes a day so that you can regain your focus.
- Your first and main focus is to learn and gain experience
It’s important to realise that as an intern, your main priority is to learn and gain the necessary experience. As I have recently started, I know that I can’t take on everything as I’m still learning. I’m here to learn and broaden my skill set which can only be done if I follow the tips above in order to have a successful experience.
- Establish and grow your relationship with your employees
Growing relationships with your colleagues is extremely important. It not only makes your internship more enjoyable, but especially in a small company like MANGO-OMC, I feel that it impacts the working environment too. Being able to communicate with each other about things other than work makes me feel much more comfortable in this new environment.
The tips above are helpful guidelines for both new and current interns; they have guided me in the right direction as a new addition to the working world. Do you have any other tips that steer you in the right direction throughout this exciting and new adventure? Let me know in the comments section.
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