As Public Relations becomes more and more competitive, the importance of an internship continues to rise. According to PRNewser, students with at least three internships are twice as likely to get a job after graduation. In this competitive world, it is important to have practical experience, a professional demeanor, and be extremely self-driven. During my internship at Imagewest, I have gained a lot of experience in PR and insight into how advertising and PR agencies work. The internship has put me a few more steps ahead of my peers, which is why I believe internships are so important:
The most important thing anyone should take out of an internship is the experience. I have gained an outstanding amount of experience at Imagewest. When a potential employer is looking at my resume, the experience with an actual PR agency is what is going to get me noticed. Since gaining experience in the PR world, my confidence has risen. When I go into a job interview, I will be able to tell the interviewer what my strengths are, what I have learned, and what I can bring to their company. Without this internship experience, I wouldn’t be able to do that.
An internship is a learning experience and opportunity, so why just sit there and do nothing? I have learned that if I run out of things to do, then I should take the initiative and ask for another task. If I just sit and twiddle my thumbs all day, then I am not learning anything. The more tasks that I am given, the more I learn, and the more experience I gain.
During my time at Imagewest, I have been thrown into project after project, with little training. I have learned to give it a go and figure things out for myself. This has made me an independent and resourceful worker. I have gained incredible knowledge and experience during my internship and I can’t wait to share my skills with my future professional career.