Summer is just about over and fall is around the corner. Now is the perfect time to start planning your fall internship. Use this time to catch up with friends and your favorite TV shows, but also do something positive for yourself that just may help you take the next step in your career. We’ve got some tips to help you land the perfect PR internship.
- Polish That Resume
Give your resume a facelift! Make sure all information is current and error-free. Your resume should include your education, experience and accomplishments relevant to the types of internships that pique your interest. Remember, each resume you send should be tailored to the specific internship you’re apply for, so create a master version that will serve as your template.
- Consult Job Boards
Contact your school career center and see if they have a list of internships that apply to your major. These centers often offer resume and cover letter help so you can kill two birds with one stone! Other job sites like Indeed.com and monster.com will also list internship opportunities and allow you to narrow your search by location and area of interest.
- Do Your Research
Not all PR firms are created equally. Do you want to work at a large firm with 100+ employees, or are you looking for a close-knit boutique agency with only 10-15 employees? There are loads of different types of PR firms and it’s important to know what you want so you can narrow your search and end up somewhere that best utilizes what you have to offer.
- Leverage LinkedIn
Not only can you search for specific jobs on LinkedIn, but the site also features a handy “groups” section that will help you connect with people who have similar interests. Groups such as #PRIntern and #EntryPR can help you find a great internship and allow you to connect with people in your industry. By joining, you’ll receive daily updates of job postings and advice, which can be helpful in this constantly changing field.
- Take to Twitter
Twitter can help you in a number of ways. There are tons of internship accounts that you can search through and follow for postings and advice. A few examples are @MarketJobsUSA, @InternQueen, and @Youtern.
In addition to following these accounts, you should also follow PR firms you are already interested in, since these companies are increasingly using social media to get the word out about job openings. You can also build a long list of results by simply searching for key words like “internship” or “public relations internship” which will yield results from a variety of firms and industries.
Once you’ve used these tips to build a list of open internships, don’t forget to research the companies. That way you’ll get an idea of the company’s culture and even start connecting with current employees. Don’t forget, being knowledgeable and passionate is key, so make sure you let your passion for PR shine through!
Happy job hunting!