Just about all the senior PR college students have graduated by now, most of whom have officially started their job searches. Finding that first PR job is always a challenge, but in case you couldn’t guess, it’s even harder now. (Chin up: There are jobs out there.) Over the past month, there’s been a small crop of my now-graduated friends taking PR internships at agencies, non-profits and other companies.
I say, do it.
I accepted my post-graduation internship back in March. While I was overwhelmed with enthusiasm, some people’s reactions didn’t necessarily reflect my excitement. When you’re a sophomore and you accept your first internship, people are genuinely excited for you. It’s baby’s first internship. It’s adorable. When you’re a senior and you accept your sixth internship, some people genuinely think that you’re crazy. You have a college degree. Get a real job, already.
I just wanted to write an encouraging post to anyone looking for an entry level PR job and contemplating taking an internship. Interning is not giving up on the job search – it’s giving you some more time for your job search. At an internship, you’re gaining experience, staying relevant, and learning, learning, learning. You’ll build your portfolio with new, better work. (Let’s face it – the stellar stuff you write now as a big bad college grad is better than those crap press releases you threw together for Intro to Public Relations class when you were a freshman.) You’re expanding your network. You’re showing ambition and a sincere interest in pursuing this career. You’re staying in the PR game.
I think it sounds like a decent plan.
(You can do it!)