Three Traits of an Awesome PR Intern

13 Apr Three Traits of an Awesome PR Intern

Summer 2014 is quickly approaching (!) and SpeakerBox is in the process of looking for a summer intern. We have had many great former interns and already interviewed some great candidates for this year.

As college students begin applying and interviewing for their summer positions I thought it might be helpful to outline a few traits that we’ve noticed in our awesome interns of the past.

1. Willingness to learn – We don’t expect you to know everything – or for that matter we don’t really expect you to know much at all. That is the point of an internship – to learn. While having a previous internship or background in tech or public relations is helpful, it is definitely not a make or break quality when we look at candidates. We instead look for people who seem as though they are going to hit the ground running and be enthusiastic at the same time.

So jump in and contribute! Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, that is what learning is about. It might be intimidating at first but take the initiative to share your ideas and thoughts with coworkers. They will surely appreciate the effort and it will help you become more comfortable with the subject matter.

2. Strong writing ability – You may not be an English major, but if you are going into public relations, be prepared to write. As we have said over and over again on this blog – content is king. So much of public relations involves writing and creating content, and being able to effectively communicate your message is key. Having a strong handle on AP Style is just as important of a still as being able to write a witty and engaging blog post.

Bonus tip: want to impress the people that are interviewing you? Send them a writing sample even without being asked.

3. Outgoing and social – So much of public relations involves the relationships and connections you have and will make. Don’t be afraid to say hello! Some of the best advice I received as an intern was from sitting down and having coffee with my seasoned colleagues. So take the time to get to know the people you work with – you never know when your paths might cross again down the road.

In that same vein, go to events and network! You likely have only an 8-10 week period to soak up as much knowledge as you can, so take advantage. Grab a co-worker, head to an event and meet others in the industry. There is no better way to score a job then to get out there and make yourself (and your skills) known.

So there you have it – the three traits all of our successful interns past have shared. Have other helpful tips on how you scored that amazing internship? Share them here!

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Kathryn Kaplan
kkaplan@speakerboxpr.com
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