Internships offer many benefits to students preparing for graduation. We gain professional experience, work samples and begin building our career networks. But, most importantly, we get an inside look at how to become a standout employee in our field.
This experience is the perfect opportunity for students to transition into professionals. Absorb everything you can from your organization, so that by the end of the internship, you feel confident that you know what it takes to standout.
Here are two things I have already learned in my first month at the small public relations firm where I am an intern.
1. Take advantage of resources.
As interns in the field of public relations and journalism, we are expected to generate interesting and relevant content. Use the free resources available to help get yourself organized and impress your manager!
If you’re managing social media accounts or blogging weekly, use a site like Digg Reader to start following bloggers and reporters that are relevant to your audiences’ interests. Your homepage will give you the daily rundown of what’s trending and popular in the news, and you will never run out of topics to write about.
2. Always ask for feedback.
One of the best ways to spark your transition from student to professional is to always ask for feedback—especially on your writing and communication skills. Feedback from a seasoned professional is extremely valuable.
Through this internship experience, we have access to potential mentors who are more than willing to help us improve and shape us into standout employees. My writing and interoffice communication skills are already improving, and I look forward to continue learning from my organization.
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