The Post-Grad PR Life: Don’t Rule Out Internships

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Once you graduate you may expect to start you dream job and are now able to put those college internships behind you. Right? Well, in PR that is not always the case. Your career path may call for you to take on a post-grad internship (or two) before you land your first job that doesn’t have the word “Intern” in its title. 

When you are looking for your first job after college be sure to apply for both entry-level positions and internships. You can work at an internship full-time allowing you to get into the flow of what life will be like in your first career job.

I suggest that you take on a lot of responsibility at your internship, treating it as if it’s the position that you want next. Ask your supervisor what’s the difference between an intern and the position above that role. This will allow you to map out your internship to help prepare you for your next position.

 Other benefits/tips of a post-grad internship:

  • Allows you to work in a new city temporarily allowing you to get your feet wet in your career and the city.
  • Take it very seriously – There is a great chance it can lead to a full-time permanent positon, so act like you got the job. 
  • Live your life outside of your internship as close as possible to the way you want it to be at your first career job.
  • At internships you are held responsible/accountable for your work, but it’s expected for you to be there to learn. Take advantage of this as a learning opportunity!
  • Internships, especially in PR are important for your career and your next employer will really look at all of the experience you had regardless if the job title has the word “intern” in it. 
  • Don’t rule out a post-grad internship.

Overall, when you are looking for your post-grad job be sure to search the internship listing too. You never know where an internship can take you.

To learn more about my experiences, connect with me on LinkedIn.

Cheers to the Post-Grad PR Life!

David

 

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