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The Internship Search: Simplified

December 20, 2013 1 Comment

As the seemingly never-ending torture of finals week comes to a close, students envision a relaxing break, cuddled up on the couch with their cats (or maybe that’s just me) and watching ABC Family’s Harry Potter weekend.

In reality, though, we know that’s not going to happen. Substitute “watching Harry Potter weekend” with “searching for internships” and that pretty much sums up the (sadly, truthful) epitome of winter break.

However, It is possible to make this process a bit easier, and knowing where to look is the first step in finding the ideal internship. While job opportunities and internship listings seem few and far between, there are hundreds of opportunities just a click away.

So, need help? Here are some of the best resources for finding your dream internship:

1. E.W. Scripps School of Journalism (http://scrippsjschool.org)Scripps

As most of you may (or may not) know, the Scripps’ homepage lists numerous internship and job opportunities. Because of our journalism school’s successful reputation, businesses want us. They want Scripps students to work for them, so what better to do than contact the school itself?

The site also stays current, deleting old internships and adding new ones as they become available. Follow Scripps on Twitter @scrippsjschool.

2. Ed 2010 (http://www.ed2010.com/jobs/whisperjobs)Ed

Offering a wide variety of communications internships, Ed 2010 is an organization designed to assist students in finding internships. Notorious for listing internship positions available in big companies, like Cosmopolitan and the Food Network, Ed 2010 is a great site for finding internships tailored directly to your skill set, as they list the job descriptions, responsibilities and requirements for interns.

In fact, I used Ed 2010 to find my internship at Avenue Magazine (http://www.avenuemagazine.com) last summer in Manhattan. Follow Ed2010 on Twitter @Ed2010News.

3. Intern Queen (http://www.internqueen.com/internships)Intern queen

Founded by a girl who’s had more internships than we could imagine (15, to be exact), Intern Queen is an excellent resource for finding work, from fashion to public relations to graphic design.

Signing up is free and makes applying for internships significantly easier and less stressful. Once you are signed up, you upload your resume and cover letter(s) and, from there, apply for jobs straight from the site. Follow Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen, on Twitter @InternQueen.

4. Media Bistro (http://www.mediabistro.com/PRMarketing-jobs.html)Media

Similar to Intern Queen, Media Bistro allows users to apply for jobs straight from the site. However, Media Bistro is organized by field of communication, allowing users to choose from jobs ranging from online/new media to entertainment to technical writing.

It has job and internship opportunities in almost every field of communication, making it an awesome resource for finding a job tailored to your talents. Follow Media Bistro on Twitter @Mediabistro.

So, take advantage of all of these resources. Opportunity is right around the corner. In fact, it’s standing right in front of you. You just have to take it.

-Allison Barwacz is a senior studying magazine journalism. Follow her on Twitter @abarwacz.

Dealing with THAT Group Member

August 27, 2013

HangoverMemeAs summer dwindles to a close and thank you cards are left on internship coordinators desks, you’re probably reflecting on the internship experience you had, the portfolio work you gained and challenges faced. One thing is for sure; the people we worked with always leave a lasting impact – good or bad.

At times co-workers can feel like the most difficult part of the job.  Every job environment presents the opportunity to work with a “flip-flopper,” “avoider,” or “know-it all.” When tumultuous situations arrive it can be tough finding the best solution. Here are some “what if” situations:

What if I work with a “work hoarder” that doesn’t delegate tasks or assignments?

“First, ask the co-worker if they need help. Express interest in the project,” said Julia Fleming, Assistant Director of Employer Relations for the Career and Leadership Development Center.

For example, if the project deals with creating new marketing approaches for a brand, explain to your co-worker you’re looking to gain portfolio work this summer and would like to take on the project. Be honest and tell them what you’re looking to gain from your internship.

What if I work with a fellow intern that doesn’t communicate?

“Communicate problems tend to happen in large settings with leveled employees,” said Fleming. “Take preventive action by getting to know everyone’s strengths and values.”

This will help you figure out how to use everyone’s assets in teamwork. Making an effort to know your co-workers’ personalities is way to make sure you’re kept in the loop on projects. Again, it’s important to discuss the communication issues with your co-worker on first offensives. If it continues politely address the issue in group discussion. Talking about issues in a group creates a culture of openness and trust. It’s extremely important not to micro-manage.

What if a co-worker takes credit for my work?

“Ask them to reconnect and be direct with your co-worker,” said Fleming. “It’s best to avoid confrontation.”

Open-minded communication is a must for a positive solution. Help them feel a part the team and make sure they feel valued. If they feel valued it’s more likely they will be more open with the group.

If you have more questions concerning “toxic team members” or are seeking career and leadership assistant visit the Career and Leadership Development Center in Baker Center 5th floor.

-Melaina Lewis is a junior studying strategic communications. Keep up with her at @melaina_lewis.

Following the Do’s and Don’ts for Exiting Your Internship

August 7, 2013 2 Comments

Thumb up down voting buttonsYou searched for hours for the perfect company. You practiced weeks in advance for every behavioral interview question in the book. You compiled the perfect resume and portfolio, and you landed the internship. As summer comes to a close you’ve probably had some amazing learning experiences and gained professional knowledge that only an internship can provide, but the work isn’t over yet. How you leave your internship is just as important as how you acquire it. PR students know it better than anyone, maintaining connections are everything.

Remember these vital do’s and don’ts as you leave this summer’s internship.

Do’s

1. Say thank you! This is the minimum requirement for keeping the door open in the future. Cite specifics about what you learned from them and what you really appreciated from the experience, the more thought you put in to this the more sincere you will be in your appreciation. I like to write handwritten thank you’s to help me really think about what each manager/mentor did for me and appropriately thank them.

My most recent boss told me that she keeps every handwritten note she gets and when former students or acquaintances call on her for potential job openings she looks through the pile to see if they ever took the time to write her a thank you.

2. Gather a list of your work and make sure you have copies. What project did you do week 1 again? Make sure to go back through your files and at least synch copies to your own computer if you can. Writing down every project you worked on is a great way to make sure you remember it. You never know what project might be applicable to speak to in a future interview.

3. Think about your career. Internships are a unique opportunity to see what your future career will be like. Were you satisfied with the work you did? Did you enjoy the atmosphere of that company? Is this the right industry? For look in to pro sports, or maybe it showed you that strictly doing public relations might not be broad enough for you. Whatever it is, take the time to listen to yourself because you’ll spend a lot of time working throughout your life and this reflection can help you target your next internship or future job.

Don’ts

1. Leave projects unfinished. You only get 10-12 weeks to prove yourself. Time management for finishing your projects is crucial. Just because your time is up doesn’t mean you should leave without completing what you set out to do! If you can complete your projects in full, it demonstrates your value to the team because you were able to deliver results. However, if your work load is too large and you don’t see how you will get it all done before your term is over, make sure to communicate that to your manager as soon as possible.

2. Forget to stay in touch. Make an excel file of everyone you met or networked with throughout the course of the summer. Even better, follow up with them all as you are about to leave and get their business cards. You never know who might be a vital connection in the future. If you can’t remember how they spelled their name or what their specific title was, it could cost you that perfect opportunity.

3. Forget to ask for feedback. A review of your performance is essential to developing. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how a manger feels about your work and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask! This is a learning experience and most of the time everyone will be happy to help you grow and point out your strengths and potential weaknesses. You will go through performance reviews throughout your professional life and it’s great practice to get that experience under your belt. The earlier you get advice and feedback the more time you have to demonstrate your ability to listen, take direction and demonstrate initiative to be the valued employee you want to be, so make sure you are doing this throughout your internship!

Hopefully you’ve expanded your skills and learned a lot over the course of the summer. Use these tips to finish strong! 

-Ann Watercutter is a junior studying strategic communications with a minor in business and a marketing specialization. Keep up with Ann at @AWatercutter.

 

 

Paid Fall PR Internship in NYC

July 11, 2013

Current is a consumer public relations agency based in New York City and is looking for a PR intern for fall 2013. Heather Bartman, former CEO of ImPRessions and recent Ohio University graduate, interned with Current summer 2012. Details of the internship are included below. Please contact Heather Bartman if interested at heatherbartman@gmail.com.

Current:

We are looking for enthusiastic, self-starters who are good multi-taskers and are organized. It is a very hands-on role where you will be integral to the team and be given the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of PR. Core tasks include writing, researching, event planning, compiling media lists, pitching client stories to media, and participating in creative brainstorms.

The internship is 3-6 months, paid at $12.00/hour and candidates must be available to work Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. College students and recent graduates are welcome to apply. Ideal start date is August 15th (however, this is flexible).

An Intern’s Worst Nightmare: Recovering From a Mistake

July 10, 2013 1 Comment

OoopsIt was a Wednesday morning on a cold winter day. I started my day like all the rest – Starbucks latté in hand while saying hello to my co-workers as I walked to my designated cube. I sat down in my chair, logged into my computer and opened my email.

There it was – an email from my boss – subject: “Let’s re-release and discuss.”

My uncontrollable nervous swallowing immediately kicked in followed by a cold sweat as my eyes focused in on the red “high importance” explanation point symbol.

F*#!%! I thought as I reached for my mouse with my clammy, shaking hands. A failed attempt to calm my nerves, I took a deep breath, ripped off the imaginary Band-Aid and clicked to open her message.

In the first sentence of a press release I sent out the day before announcing three new members of our Board of Trustees laid my embarrassing misspelling. Instead of attributing Leadership Columbus as one of the top five community leadership programs in the COUNTRY I mistakenly wrote COUNTY. Obviously, being ranked nationally holds much more clout than within Franklin County alone.

Haunted by a single letter, I was mad at myself for making such an amateur mistake. I had written countless of press releases before; why did I have to mess this one up? (Farkas – I know what you’re thinking – if only I had exercised the Diet Coke Break, I would have caught this mistake before pressing send!)

As my biggest enemy, I worried that this one mistake was going to ruin my credibility and damage the dedicated, passionate and experienced intern reputation I aspired to have.

After apologizing to Leadership Columbus (who I wouldn’t be surprised, if asked, would said I was much harder on myself that they were) and re-releasing and calling the various news outlets I reached out to, I transformed a negative situation into a positive one by gaining something much more important than the error-free press release I originally wished for.

My boss, who is the queen of quotes, perfectly summed this learning experience up with this lesson: “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you really want.”

I learned as hard as you may try, it’s impossible to always be “on” or “perfect.” Mistakes are unfortunately bound to happen; instead of dwelling on them, take action by moving forward with the necessary steps to fix the situation. Mistakes are teachable moments that enable you to grow. (Oh, and always drink the Diet Coke, stupid.)

-Sara Lowenstein is a senior studying public relations with specializations in sociology and community health. Check her out at @SaraLowenstein.

My Unforeseen First Week as an Intern

July 1, 2013

This summer, I started my first internship at Think Communications, Inc. in Pittsburgh and was extremely excited, yet nervous, to embark on this new adventure. I was ready to learn and improve; however, I did not foresee the difficulties that were bound to happen.

After I got to work on my first day, I started to meet everyone one by one. One of the last people I met pointed out that I had a leaf in my hair. I’m sure I greeted everyone else that morning, including my boss, with a giant leaf on my head. Talk about embarrassing; what a first impression!

After my remarkable first impression, the rest of the day went rather well. I was thrilled because they put me right to work. Everyone in the office was kind and helpful, and made me feel comPittsfortable. I didn’t have any more embarrassing moments for the rest of the week, until I started my commute home.

When my first day was over, I headed the bus for home. My dad works in town, so he met me at the bus stop to commute home together. We got home without an issue, as to be expected. I was lucky to have my dad with me on the first day, because the rest of the week didn’t go quite as smoothly.

On Wednesday I boarded the bus like everyone else. I picked a front seat so I could see all of the buildings and mark my surroundings. The bus started moving, and I looked down at my phone for about a minute. When I looked up, nothing looked familiar. In a panic, I checked the bus number to make sure I was on the right one. I was. I frantically looked around trying to find a familiar building. All of the sudden, we passed one of the bridges. I was 100% sure that wasn’t supposed to happen; we shouldn’t have even been on that street. The bus then stopped and told us we would be there a while. Everyone filed off and in an attempt not to stand out, I got off too. As it was pouring down rain and my umbrella was flipping inside out, I tried to find my next bus stop. I was so lost it was almost funny. I ended up sitting in Starbucks (soaking wet I may add) as I waited for my mom to come pick me up. Talk about independence.

On Friday I got to work seamlessly. I was sure that I would be able to get the bus home without a problem as well. Third time is the charm, right? I had a great day at work, the sun was shining and I was going to my little brother’s hockey game right after work. I saw my first bus coming, so I stepped forward, directly under the bus stop sign. The bus was getting closer, so I had my ticket in hand and ready to go. The bus zoomed past me. I started to wave my hands, but of course, it just kept going. I thought to myself, “go figure” and started walking to meet my dad at our second bus stop. The bus that passed me was the last one for at least a half hour, and I wanted to make it to my brother’s hockey game on time. I walked almost two miles, got to the second bus stop with seconds to spare, and made it to my brother’s game early. After all of that, I thought I should get an award or something, but I guess that was the purpose of the blisters on my feet.

The next week, I started taking a different bus home. I haven’t had a problem since. When the original bus I took passes me, I can’t help but laugh. That bus gave me loads of trouble and a story to laugh about.

My imperfect commute home and embarrassing moments at work taught me to be patient and flexible. In a lot of these cases, there was nothing else I could do. When a bus passes you up, there’s nothing left to do but wait for the next one or walk. Standing there worked up about something you can’t fix isn’t going to make anything better.

I could have avoided the leaf-in-hair situation by looking in a mirror, but we all got a good laugh out of it. If I wasn’t able to laugh at myself and all of the things I did, I wouldn’t have enjoyed my first week as much. I was starting my first internship ever; mistakes and embarrassing moments were bound to be made. I was able to look past these difficulties and enjoy my amazing first week at my internship. I am glad that I was able to see the funny side of everything and not get too worked up over it.

-Jessica Carnprobst is a sophomore studying strategic communications. Follow Jessica at @Jess_Carnprobst.

A Day in the Life: PR Intern

June 25, 2013 1 Comment

This is the second post of a three-part series detailing the daily life of a public relations professional, intern and student.

IMG_3186Name: Ashley Osborne

Company: The Original RICH Girls Inc., Brooklyn Bodega (Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival) and Marie Theodore (special events intern)

Location: New York City, NY

Hourly Snapshot

8 AM: Wake up. Eat breakfast. Do a quick workout. Shower.

9 AM: Do computer work which includes phone calls, emails, researching venues, contacts, organizations and companies for partnership/sponsorship, etc. Build media lists, create press releases for an event, or attend meetings with Seto McCoy for The ORG Inc.

3 PM: Finish up with The ORG Inc. Eat finally.

3:30 PM: Begin heading to Brooklyn Bodega or find out what needs updated in their lists for the festival and update those. Handle the Twitter account and build a social media calendar. Assist with other tasks on the marketing agenda. I will do this until the festival’s final day (7/13).

7 PM: Leave Brooklyn Bodega or finish up that work on the computer.

7:15pm: Arrive home. Attend an event for work (if this happens I don’t stay at Brooklyn Bodega as long or attend work for them during the day) or attend an inexpensive concert or event happening. If neither of those happens, I chill with friends for the evening.

It’s hard for me to be extremely detailed because no day is the same but I learn and research a whole lot. I’ve met lots of people, saw some awesome concerts, enriched other people’s connections as well as my own, began building a network of contacts and I really am getting a nice feel of NYC culture. I love living in Brooklyn. And I love that Soho is literally a stop away on the Q train!

What is an example of a curve ball you may face during the day as a PR intern?
A curve ball I may face during a day as a PR intern is conflict of hours (needing to be in places back to back) and being in an unfamiliar area without getting to know my surroundings. Make sure you leave with well enough time to find your way to the location you need to be at, if you didn’t have time to do so before hand.

Outside of a typical day at the office, what are some off-site duties you may have?
Many of my offsite duties include working evening events, running errands, visiting and spacing/walking through venues and attending meetings and seminars.

What has the transition been like from PR student to PR intern?
The transition from PR student to PR intern has been amazing! I only do and learn PR related things during the hours I’d normally have class and I continue doing things that interest me after working. It’s win-win living. I’m constantly doing things I enjoy, learning new skills and meeting new people.

What experiences from your internship do you think you will be able to apply to your studies and future career?
Everything I’m doing right now is teaching me the skills I need to someday soon become a great publicist. I have a lot more to learn about PR but this is one side of it I am blessed to experience. I’ve made irreplaceable connections with genuine people who want to see me succeed. I am learning the place I plan to make my next move in life. Next to Costa Rica, it’s been one of the best experiences of my life!

-Kerry Tuttle is a junior majoring in public relations with specializations in marketing and international business. Keep up with Kerry at @kerrtut.

 

How To Network Using Social Media

January 31, 2013 8 Comments

Marisa Dockum

LinkedIn and Twitter serve as better networking tools than you might think.  The power of networking is endless, especially now with easy access to professionals via Twitter and LinkedIn. Here are a few tips to improve your online visibility and build a network:

  1. Never send a generic LinkedIn connection invite.  In order to stand out and make things personal, you must take the time to write a nice blurb on how you know them or explain why you would like to connect with them.
  2. Clean up your Twitter account to make sure it is appropriate before you begin attracting professionals.
  3. Don’t have full-blown conversations on Twitter.  Make an initial connection with a tweet, but then continue the conversation via email or direct messages.
  4. Use hashtags such as #intern, #internships, #HAPPO, #PR,etc. and directly tweet at companies or people who work there about news/events that are happening at those companies.  When you express interest in what that agency is actually doing, you will get noticed.
  5. Don’t get to the point right away, start by asking about the professional’s experience or for advice.  PR people love to talk about themselves and want to feel like they’re helping someone out from their expertise. So, allow them to do that and they will be more likely to then talk about a job or internship opportunity.
  6. Join Twitter chats, ask questions and share your answers.  Your questions could get noticed by a professional looking for an intern, and your active online presence will impress professionals.
  7. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and error free at all times, especially before you connect with professionals.
  8. Utilize the LinkedIn headline in a creative way.  For example, “PR major seeking internship in NYC,” and be active in different LinkedIn groups.

As a pre-professional, it is your job to seek out professionals, companies, PRSA young professionals and alumni on Twitter and LinkedIn.  Let your personality shine online, and do what we do best: communicate.  Actively tweet about PR news, tweet at professionals and companies, use hashtags, and connect on LinkedIn with personal messages.  These tips will allow you to network with the industry and establish a solid online presence, but most importantly it will highlight YOUR brand.

Go forth young professionals, use social media networking to your advantage!

Embracing the red pen

August 4, 2010 3 Comments

Rachel Csaszar
Account executive, Bob Evans Farms, Inc.

We all know that moment when it seems like your life is over, everything you thought you knew is worthless, and the thought of “Who am I fooling?” crosses your mind as you get your printed work returned with a little more than it left with.

The page covered with your beautiful words has been splattered with red, like a fur advocate after a run-in with PETA.

You’ve been edited.

It’s hard to accept defeat, especially on your first day at a new internship and, for some, your first day in the real world. We all think we’re professionals on some level, even though we haven’t graduated college yet. Sure, we would never say we’re perfect writers, but let’s be honest…we’ve convinced ourselves we’re on our way to reaching that level of perfection that we strive for every day. Your first day on the job, you may encounter a friendly tour, a million handshakes, and if you’re lucky, an office with a desk piled high with media clippings. “I’m no longer a student,” you might think to yourself, “Now, I’m the intern.”

Well, that’s your first mistake.

We’re always going to be students. Even after we graduate, the minute we lose our student status, we no longer have the ability to keep up with the industry in which we work. Being a student for life allows us to grow and develop as writers and public relations practitioners. It’s essential to our survival in the industry, and we should always be ready for the next day’s lesson.

That includes taking constructive criticism. As an intern, you may interpret that sea of red on your work as criticism, lacking the whole constructive part you always hear, and you immediately think you’re the world’s worst writer.

Here’s your second mistake.

You are a better writer than many people, and you wouldn’t be the intern if you couldn’t form a coherent sentence. You were hired for a reason, and it’s important to remember that you are there to show your strengths and hone in on your weaknesses. This is your time to learn, and in order to do this, the first step is to embrace the red pen.

Your superior is not trying to make you feel inadequate or like a failure in the PR world. They are genuinely trying to make you better, and the red pen is just one tool used in their arsenal of many. There will be discussions, meetings, tutorials and finally, the inevitable edit.

In my own internship, I’ve realized very quickly, after the initial fear of failure, that I am simply becoming a better writer. The amount of red words gracing my work is slowly diminishing, and I don’t have to think so hard about style or sentence structure. Some of the corrections make me slap my forehead in disbelief that I missed them, but that is only making me a better editor. Some of the edits are things I truly did not know, so at the end of the day, I leave the office with at least one or two new pieces of information I didn’t have that morning when I walked through the door.

Embracing the red pen may be one of the hardest things for a student to do, but it’s essential to our success in the future. The next time the world slows down as your boss walks forward with your work dripping in red, take a deep breath, put a smile on your face, and open your mind. You never know what you may learn in that five-minute conversation that will help you for the rest of your career.

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