The All-Important Internship

It’s only been four days since the official start of Christmas break, but I’ve already started pondering internship possibilities for the coming summer.  Yes, it’s strange to think about my plans for June while watching movies like “A Christmas Story,” but over the past few months I’ve heard nothing but talk of the value of great internships, especially in a profession like public relations.

I am grateful to have friends, professors and advisors who have told me about internships and who have opened my eyes to their necessity.  Always on the lookout for ways to make the most of my college years, I decided it was time to take internship hunting seriously.

One of the hardest things for me to do is narrow my search.  There are countless opportunities available, so it seems foolish to throw some options out just because it doesn’t seem like the perfect fit.  While I can’t be too picky, I also don’t want to land in an environment that is totally wrong for me.

Over the past few months, I’ve discovered that I have a big passion for sports.  I’ve always enjoyed them, but only recently have I considered incorporating that passion into my career.  So, I’m on the lookout for contacts and internship programs that deal with sports.

That’s not to say that I’m limiting my internship search to just sports-related positions.  I’m also looking for agency and corporate PR internships.  The Career Services Coordinator at the UO J-School posts a really thorough list of public relations internships that has helped me think of companies I’d like to work for in the future, and I’ve also created my own LinkedIn profile, which I hope to use to create connections with fellow public relations students and professionals.

If you are also a student searching for a journalism or PR internship, I’d love to hear about your experience and what tools and resources you’ve found most helpful.  Right now, I’m in the beginning stages of searching for internships and learning what they are all about, so I welcome any and all advice regarding the all-important internship.  As the search progresses, I’m sure I’ll continue blogging about my successes, failures and new opportunities.

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