Expanding Our Responsibilities

Now entering the sixth week of my internship, I have reached the halfway point of both my internship and the Senior Experience. Wow, time does fly! I have been fortunate enough to have already had a wide variety of responsibilities and tasks throughout my internship thus far. Whether it is at the corporate or agency level, I’ve come to see that public relations requires constant creativity, initiative and the ability to frequently shift gears. There is no such thing as a typical day of work when you are involved with any form of PR or communications.

Despite the wide range of tasks my internship has required, I still find myself wanting more responsibilities. Maybe it’s me just being a stereotypical millennial that wants to make an immediate impact at my workplace? Regardless, I think it’s fair of any intern to desire to prove their worth through new and invigorating tasks.


Jessica Lawlor writes that even if you have completed your assignments for the day, there is always something you can find to do. She recommends doing research on the industry you’re working in, asking another co-worker if they need help or developing a new idea for a project.

I think that all of these recommendations can be fantastic ways of expanding your responsibilities. By showing you took the time to research ways of increasing your department’s ROI, you’ll at least make a strong impression on your employer. Once I get through all of my required daily tasks, I plan to follow through with some of these recommendations and expand upon my responsibilities as an intern.

Andrew Schwartz

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6 Responses to Expanding Our Responsibilities

  1. lockerobster says:

    Great post Andrew! I definitely feel the same way about wanting to make an impact in my workplace (it MUST be a millennial thing!) As you suggested, just taking to time to read more about your company and the projects going on is useful. Also, it never hurts to check in with other people to see if they need some help. Especially with this program, one of the most important tasks we can fulfill is just giving ourselves the chance to learn!

  2. Finding helpful things to do can be hard, especially when you are an intern and don’t want to overstep your bounds. I think asking a co-working is a good way to start. Most people aren’t going to say no to and extra hand, that is, if they have faith in your abilities. Despite if you have proven yourself or not, co-working will help point you into the right direction.

    Good post.

    I hope everything goes well for you and that you get those new responsibilities!

    – Nick

  3. Nick Smith says:

    Andrew this is a great post! I understand where you’re coming from here. I am always trying to do more in my internship. I have had to be careful though, I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew and in turn do sub par work. Sounds like you’re having a great experience at your internship. It’s mind blowing to think we’re almost done.

  4. Austin Marie Foster says:

    I agree with Nick S. It is a delicate balance of biting off more than you can chew and also wanting more responsibilities. I am already so busy at work, that I have work I have to do at night from home. At the same time I want to be as useful and helpful for them as possible. It’s hard to figure out, but I think I have found the balance.

  5. littlebrittanyb says:

    I agree with Nick S. and Austin. It’s tough to find that balance of doing enough and taking on too much. Finding things to do can be difficult at times, especially if you feel like you could be overstepping your boundaries. Research is always appreciated by employers and is a great way to make yourself useful. Research is also something that your boss probably doesn’t have much time to do on their own. Being knowledgeable through research just makes you a better employee and gives you a chance to stand out.

  6. megmarieshea says:

    Being a fellow PR person, I can definitely relate to your comment about “constant creativity, initiative and the ability to frequently shift gears.” Although it can be challenging sometimes, I have come to enjoy the idea that there really isn’t a typical work day (it keeps things interesting). Great tip to do some research if you have finished all your assignments. We have to remember that even though we may feel like we want more responsibility, everyone starts somewhere.

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