Junior year is often the crunch time for getting internships and starting to figure out which PR career path to choose for the future. This time is filled with a lot of anxiety and feelings of doubt about what the future has in store. Friends and peers are racking up the internships, while I sit back and watch them gain valuable experience. Clearly, there is something wrong and I need to jump on the first internship opportunity I see, right? Wrong!
While I watch my peers and friends landing internships, I remind myself I am only a first semester junior. I have time to apply for an internship to gain more experience. Also, I take a moment to realize the two great organizations I hold leadership roles in, PRSSA and PRowl Public Relations. Sometimes it is easy to forget the great skills and experiences I gain from being active in both organizations.
The anxiety is present all the time to find the best internship. With that being said, what I have learned from watching and listening to my peers is that great internships do not just appear out of nowhere! An internship at a big corporate PR firm could be the worst time of my life, while a small lifestyle agency could provide me with long-lasting skills and experience.
I know this is a hard time and transition period for any junior in college, but throwing myself a bone and realizing I have great opportunities without an internship allowed me to shed my anxiety. I will keep working hard and stay an active member in both PRSSA and PRowl! I know when I am ready I will find a good internship, but until then I will relish my time as an Account Executive at PRowl Public Relations.
This blog post was written by Account Executive Jeremy Rives.