October 10, 2014
By: Angela Keane @angela_keane
Whenever professionals speak at our classes or at PRSSA meetings, they always stress one thing: get experience. Since freshman year I knew that I should try to get as many internships as possible, but I knew it would be hard because I had so little experience. So during the second semester of sophomore year I was looking everywhere for an internship. I got those emails from Debra and Karen about internships looking to hire Ohio University students and decided to apply to the internships in my hometown. Even though I applied to internships I didn’t really think I would actually get, I did. Over the summer I interned at the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau and it taught me so much!
When I accepted their offer, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I had no idea what a convention and visitor’s bureau (CVB) was, but I quickly realized that they are very instrumental in bringing people from all over the country to Cincinnati. At the CVB we marketed Cincinnati in order to bring conventions to the city, which then would boost the city’s revenue.
After interning there all summer I learned how much Cincinnati had to offer. I thought I knew Cincinnati but I really didn’t. I learned so much about the place where I was from, and all the incredible things my city was doing everyday.
During my internship I learned what it was like to work in a real office environment. I learned how to not be afraid to ask questions, and how to fix mistakes I had made. Please pay attention to detail when turning things in. It makes you look more professional. The biggest tip I can give anyone is to always ask for more work! I was able to get involved in more projects because I was always asking what I could do for the communications and marketing department. What I loved about my internship was all of the local press conferences I got to go to. I was able to interact with the local news media, and that helped me make connections. Not to mention Vice President Joe Biden spoke at one of the conventions, which was an awesome experience!
Overall my internship experience was great! I was able to network with a lot of local people that I would have never met without Cincy USA. Your employers really know what they are doing, so take advantage of that and learn from them. Come to work excited and try to get the most out of your internship.