September 17, 2014
By: Megan Newton @_megannewton
Just Keep Swimming: Lessons learned as an aquarium PR intern
It was a surprising summer full of unexpected opportunities. It all began in late April when I accepted an internship with the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. I know what you’re thinking: why on earth would you want to work for fish? I thought the same thing at first. I struggled to find an internship in Cleveland, and pretty much just took the aquarium internship because I was tired of searching. At the time, I had no idea of the unexpected under the sea adventure I was about to embark on.
I learned a lot throughout my time on the aquarium. The most prominent of many lessons being that PR isn’t always all the glamour and glitz it’s worked up to be. It probably hit me as I walked around downtown Cleveland during mid-July in a (wait for it) shark costume. It wasn’t your typical intern duty, but I think that’s what made my internship experience even that more special – because honestly, who else can say they’ve done that?
I hope to carry the same outlook about unexpected opportunities that I gained this summer back to my everyday life here at Ohio University. My goals from here on out are:
- To be a good mentor
- To apply the skills I gained at my internships
- To make an impact on the organizations that have made me who I am
If I walked away with one thing from my summer at the aquarium, it’s that you shouldn’t judge or take advantage of an opportunity before you actually experience it. Everyone who knows me, knows that my dream job is to work as a music publicist – so clearly I wasn’t so sure how writing about fish all summer would get me there. However, it turns out the old marketing coordinator at the aquarium now does just that in my dream city: Nashville, Tennessee. I’m now convinced you can find connections to your dream job anywhere, if you take every right opportunity that’s handed to you.
And always, just keep swimming.