May 21, 2014
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By: Lindsey Zimmerman @lindseyzim716
It’s 7 a.m. on a weekday, and I’m getting dressed and ready to head off to my internship at Battelle Memorial Institute. While my straightener is heating up, I grab my phone and get on Twitter. No, not to check my own feed and notifications – I’m taking a few minutes to tweet on behalf of College Tourist as part of my second internship.
That’ll be my morning routine for the better part of the summer, during which I’ll be working not one but two paid internships. I show up onsite every day at Battelle for my corporate communications internship and work remotely as a social media virtual intern for College Tourist.
The fact that one of my internships is virtual makes things a lot easier as far as time management goes. I work at Battelle from about 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and devote some time in the evenings to getting all of the next day’s social media posts for College Tourist written and scheduled (thanks, Hootsuite!). Now that I’m a few weeks into it, I definitely feel like it’s something I can manage. The secret to surviving two internships at once is simply using your time well.
Having a virtual internship as one of the two positions is one thing, but what about having two onsite internships at the same time? As crazy as it sounds, it can be done. Former Scripps PRSSA Executive VP and 2014 graduate Theresa Ianni did it last summer, gaining both agency and non-profit experience at AKHIA and the Greater Ohio Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America respectively. She said that although doing two internships wasn’t her original plan, she accepted positions at both companies after finding out that each of them would need her on opposite days of the week.
Even though doing two onsite internships at the same time might seem like even more of a challenge than having one onsite and one virtual internship, the secret to pulling it off is still the same: time management. With a little bit of preparation and organization, it can be done.
“The hardest part was remembering what time I had to report to each office and how long the commute was – I couldn’t get my days mixed up! But, I packed my lunch the night before and woke up with plenty of time to get to each office,” Theresa said. “While at the office, I made a day’s to-do list to keep me on track. At both internships, I had some assignments that were higher priority, so I always made sure to complete those first, and always communicated with my supervisors regarding deadlines.”
Although it’s undoubtedly challenging to complete two internships at once, Theresa said she’s glad she did it and recommends that other PR students consider it if the opportunities align.
“There’s so many directions you can go with a public relations major, and so many great companies that need PR,” she said. “Never sell yourself short, and always keep an open mind.”