I love it that my students at Curry College, where I head our undergrad Public Relations Concentration and teach most of the PR courses, are starting to explore internship and job possibilities…without me poking and prodding.
We’re in the third week of a snowstorm-battered semester…sporadic classes…befuddled professors…antsy students…and the troops are finding themselves with more “me” time to think than they’re used to.
The outcome of that self-reflection is that many of them are devoting some serious brain cells to life after commencement. And they’re realizing that “commencement” does, indeed, mean “the beginning”…not “the end.” The beginning of life as an adult.
I talk about things like internships and job experience in nearly every one of my classes. I “gently” nudge my advisees and anyone else who crosses my path to start immediately looking at internship possibilities…even if he or she isn’t yet eligible to do one for credit.
My advice is, “The earlier you start thinking about and planning for an internship, the more prepared you will be when the time comes.
Fortunately, most of them listen, and most of that batch pay attention.
End result? My PR converts wind up walking out of Curry with a minimum of 2-3 internships under their belts…in different areas of the profession so that they have had a chance to get a better sense of what type of organization best fits them as an individual.
Public relations internships…and PR job opportunities…are not “one size fits all.” We all like and are good at different things. That’s what makes us human. We’re not all wired the same.
I say this from personal experience and a bazillion years as a public relations professional. Worked in everything from federal government to private sector, for-profit and non-profit. Didn’t actually hate any one of the jobs, but didn’t love a couple and was happy to move on. But each one was a terrific learning experience that made me smarter.
All of this is what I try to pass on to the next generation(s) now that I’m in the classroom introducing them to the career field that has been mine for closing in on 50 years.
So here’s the deal for my students…and anyone else who has questions about his or her future…
Connect with me or with anyone you know of who has experience in the profession you are interested in.
Ask us questions…starting with “How did you wind up working in public relations?” Then zero in on specifics like “What do I need to know how to do from the start?”
The conversation will flow on from there, and you’ll walk away with enough guidance to help you start sifting through the internship opportunities available through your Career Development Center as well as suggestions you get from me or whoever you talk with.
Start today by making the connection and connecting the dots.