As a high school student, I was under the impression that to have a career in public relations I had to be located in the city to be successful. Upon coming to school in the city I have learned that while being in a city is certainly a beneficial choice, public relations can be practiced almost anywhere. Since many of my classmates are out of the city for the summer, I have compiled a list of ways to practice your public relations skills in any type of living environment:
The city: We’ll start with the easiest and most straightforward. Finding ways to practice PR in the city is pretty easy if you know where to look! There are internships and volunteer opportunities coming out on a regular basis. A lot of big companies have headquarters in cities so you can get experience working in corporate PR or get internships with both small and large companies. There is also great opportunity for you to work on street teams and do promotion for your favorite artists or companies. Check out the websites of your favorite bands, venues, or companies to see if you can get involved with their promotion teams.
The suburbs: The suburbs are somewhat of a best of both worlds situation. You can find a lot of opportunity to get involved with projects that are centered around the city but not directly in it. For example, many radio stations are located in the suburbs of major cities. Try contacting your favorite local station to see if you can help with any of their local promotional events or pass out flyers for them. Who knows, you might be able to score free tickets to a show for your efforts!
The country: If you are from an area where there is not much around, there are still ways that you can practice your PR skills at home! Contact your local high school or middle school and see if you can work with their public relations director on campaigns for the school. Also, local business can always use promotional help so contact owners of local shops to see if they can use your expertise!
Opportunities can be found anywhere, you just have to know where to look. Have you gotten PR experience outside of the city? We would love to hear about your experience!
This guest blog post was written by PRowl Staff Member Lexi Drexler.