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Be a rock star intern

Posted by Rachel Esterline on Dec 2, 2008 in Internships, Public Relations, Uncategorized

So you work hard through college and gain the experience you need to nab that great internship. Now what?

Culpwrit’s short post on advice for the first days on the job has some good points.

As an intern, you should show your ambition and willingness to gain experience. During my internship with CMU Public Relations and Marketing, I went to the Friends of the Libraries luncheon on a nice, sunny Saturday. The event was somewhat interesting, of course, but I was the youngest person there by about 30 years. But, I was willing to give up part of my weekend to gain more experience and have the opportunity to write an article for the newsletter.

One situation I encountered was occasionally not having much work to do. What do you do when you’re waiting for someone to return with one edited story and the sources for the other story you’re working on are out of the office? Ask if there is anything you can do to help at that time. I recently did this and got to edit a program guide that the writer didn’t have time to do. When others are overwhelmed with work, they appreciate your willingness to help out.

Be willing to try new things. I had never conceptualized or written copy for a magazine ad. But when they asked if I could work on a few ads, I took it on and impressed them with my ideas. Don’t be afraid to be bold.

Learn as much as you can while you are there. If you don’t know something, go to the library or research online. I had never used Adobe InDesign before, so I went to the library to get a book about it. I was asked to write feature stories, even though I only had experience writing news stories. I worked hard and read blogs about writing.

Be a rock star intern. Impress your supervisors because they will be the ones writing reference letters for your next internships or job.

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