Top Ten Tips for getting a PR Internship! Monday, Jan 4 2010 

 

Some of these tips may seem a bit obvious, but when applying it is sometimes very easy to forget the basic steps:

1. In the opening email ensure to clearly state your availability. PR companies receive hundreds of emails looking for internships and if your availability is clearly stated it will be easier for them to see if the time frame suits straight away.

2.Keep your email to the point. State what colleges course your doing, what type of experience you’re looking for and what type of industry experience you already have.

3.Personalize your emails don’t just send mass emails to loads of companies. It is vital to have researched the type of company you are applying and express an interest in their line of work.

4.On your CV outline your college results and achievements to date, also many PR companies are always intrigued to hear about your hobbies etc

5.Have at least two references, one professional and one academic (be ensured to inform these references beforehand as an act of courtesy)

6.Don’t be disheartened if you have little or no replies from initial emails the PR industry is very small in Ireland thus very competitive. Whilst looking for internships late summer is usually the best time to be available as most students also looking for internships are then on holidays etc and companies have less people applying.  

7.If you are very interested in a particular internship and have no response try a follow up call to make sure your email has been received

8.If you get to interview stage ensure to treat this experience professionally. Although you’re still a student do dress formal and research into the latest developments in the industry be up to date and informed.

9.During the interview know and express an interest in some the agencies clients or if ‘In house’ know some of the campaigns run and what you liked about them. Also bring along a portfolio made up of college work and work done during previous internships.

10.If you get the internship treat this like a real job turn up on time, be enthusiastic, offer opinions and ideas and be excited to learn. (Even if this is an unpaid position be grateful for the experience, dive right in and learn learn learn!)

 

Me My Blog and I Saturday, Jan 2 2010 

Hi,

Guess I should begin explaining the reasoning behind my blog, really what me and my blog are all about!!

I am preparing to enter my final semester and decided to jump on the blog bandwagon with the intention of tracking my journey of graduating and seeing what lies ahead following graduation.

Will I fulfill my dream of entering into the PR industry in Ireland, Will I emigrate? Or with the current looming recession will I be forced to ride it out with more study?

As all these questions and decisions for the future buzz around my head I have a feeling this new year of 2010 will be filled with tough choices and hopefully some fun and new experiences thrown in along the way!

I really love the Public Relations course that I am studying and have enjoyed every minute of the past four years but am excited to begin preparing for the next big journey in my career path.

This really is the first time in my life that I have absolutely no idea what lies ahead. I always knew the line of study I wanted to do (hmm well something to do with English or communications so at least that aim worked out) I have always been a big planner and always prepared but at this point I am admitting I have no plan following completing my finals In May!

I aim to work within the pr industry on graduating and I have decided to begin this blog in order to offer my experiences and journey on hopefully reaching my dreams and working within the pr industry.

This will involve past and future experiences such as previous internships and various modules taken what I have learnt during these experiences hopefully offering insight to others trying to succeed in this industry.

So blog world I am excited to have you all on this Journey with me and hopefully you will all share the highs and lows of my journey working toward and following graduation!