Landing a good internship in college can do wonders for your resume, showing future employers that you took the initiative and attempted to gain real world experience. However, finding the right internship can make or break your future career. Sure, being an intern who fetches coffee and files papers without complaints will likely provide you with an excellent recommendation letter, but in the public relations industry, being able to talk the talk is crucial.

 

The perfect internship might not necessarily be your dream career, but it will provide you with the experience you need to improve your craft. You can’t put a price on the ability to speak honestly and confidently about projects you worked on and lessons you learned one-on-one with your internship supervisor. Public relations requires good writing skills, and practice certainly makes perfect, which is something I am learning here at Tricom.

 

As an intern at Tricom, I am getting real public relations assignments that I will never be exposed to in the classroom. This internship is supplementing my theory classes and truly putting me to work. I work closely alongside my supervisors and help them with nearly every project they tackle, including significant writing and research tasks. When I ask for a project to work on, my supervisors happily provide me with work to do.

 

I personally believe my success at Tricom can be attributed to the size of the firm and my coworkers’ willingness to teach. I am creating strong, beneficial relationships with my coworkers. They give me sincere feedback on my work, which I think is the best way to learn. Interns who work in large offices often find themselves lost and neglected by the staff. They don’t get a chance to sit down and discuss their strengths and weaknesses with their supervisors, thus they don’t get the opportunity to learn.

 

The purpose of an internship is to enhance your education, but if you aren’t learning and internalizing valuable lessons, such a worthwhile experience quickly becomes wasteful.

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