The idea of being an intern can be scary. You are not sure what exactly to expect. Being a second time public relations (PR) intern and speaking with many classmates who have also had internships, there are generally a few things most interns agree that they want:
Interns are not looking for a sugar-coated version of the real world. While this may seem appealing at first, in reality – it is not helpful. Giving interns a good idea about the different day-to-day responsibilities of your job, various aspects of the position and job requirements can be quite helpful. It teaches interns not only what they can expect from the job when they graduate, but also how to manage the job successfully.
For an intern to accomplish a project correctly, they may need to ask many questions. These questions are based on the specific task and on the intern. The point of every question is to ensure the task or assignment is being done correctly. If interns do not feel comfortable asking questions, the work may be done incorrectly, or an explanation may need to be given after it has been turned in.
Even a small amount of feedback with a simple “thank you” at the end can make any intern feel like what they accomplished truly helped. Big or small, interns try their hardest on task or assignment they are given in order to impress their colleagues and to gain knowledge for the workforce. Feedback can include anything from “This is perfect” to “This is great, maybe next time even add…” This helps interns know exactly what you’re looking for, but also lets them know you appreciate their work.
One of the most nerve-wracking parts of being an intern happens before you even become one. The interview. No matter how many interviews you have had, generally nerves will be present. Here are three tips for an interview:
1. Do Your Research
2. Be Prepared to Talk About Yourself
3. Ask Questions
~ Abigail Denny