It is common practice in the public relations industry to have one, if not two or more, related internships before starting your first “big kid” job. So at this point, you know you need an internship but probably don’t have a clue about how to get one. Below are some tips I learned through trial (and error) to help you find the perfect internship that will get you where you want to go.
1. Where do you want to work?
- I know that this seems like something very basic, but it is really important to think about. Are there opportunities available near where you live? Do you have housing if you want to go somewhere else?
- For some people, this can be a key deciding factor, but it is important to remember that the experience you get may be more valuable than money. There are also scholarships available through plenty of schools for people who have unpaid internships.
- Make sure your internship falls somewhere in your plan for the future. The best internship for you will probably be the one that will get you experience in your preferred field.
- People want to share their knowledge with you, and this just might help you get a foot in the door at a company or workplace of interest.
- Even if there is no due date listed, apply as soon as possible (All that stuff about the early bird gets the worm). Also, it is important to reach out to the human resources departments of places you are really interested in. They might have a position available for people who get in touch.
- If you haven’t heard back on an application, send a letter or email saying that you are still very interested in the position.
- It gives you confidence!
- This really adds a personal touch and might just give you the edge you need to get the position.
- Your gut knows best; trust me. Don’t choose an internship for something like a better paycheck if it doesn’t feel right.