Finding internships to apply to can get a bit overwhelming, especially in the public relations field. The problem with our field is PR jobs aren’t usually posted. With so many internship websites out there vying for your attention, it’s difficult to tell which ones will be worth looking at for PR internships. The process of trying to find the right internship for you can be a difficult one. This is why I’ve come up with a list of the best ways to find yourself a PR internship to help make the process a little smoother.
1. Ask your peers: As is key to PR, networking means everything. Make sure to reach out to your personal networks to see if they know of any openings. If you have a classmate that has a really cool internship you’d be interested in working at, ask away! It never hurts to ask.
2. Ask your professors: Most likely your PR professors have friends outside of the academia world who need interns! Email your professor and ask if they have time to discuss internship opportunities with them one day after class. You never know what connections they have to the world of PR.
3. Social Media: Is there a particular company that’d you’d love to work for? Connect with them through their social media platforms. You never know when they will post about an internship opportunity. Or, if you don’t have time to lose, comment/message/or tweet at them and ask! Showing initiative is never a bad thing.
4. Internship Websites: Some of my favorites for PR/Marketing Internships are: http://www.Internships.com (you can search by major), http://www.Idealist.org (great for non-profit internships) and http://www.MediaBistro.com (more for social media internships).
How did you find your internship? We want to know!