This semester, I interned at a mid-size PR agency that represents consumer and lifestyle brands. The specific team that I supported was within the beauty division on the Olay team. Though I have had internships before, this one truly opened my eyes to the world of PR because I received hands on experience in an agency. I really enjoyed working with the Olay team, not only because I received some free swag, but also because I learned a lot!
I picked up a few do's and don'ts that will serve as subtle reminders while interning:
Do bring a notebook and pen with you to meetings and even impromptu run-ins with your supervisor.
Do ask if you are unsure how to prioritize tasks, your superiors will know what needs to be done right away and what tasks can wait.
Do strike up conversation with co-workers. This makes for a comfortable and personable environment.
Don't assume. Never ever ever. Always ask, no matter how silly you think it is!
Don't be afraid of anyone, no matter their title. An internship is your chance to network and learn more about your field of choice. Do take advantage of that!
Do set up informal, informational interviews with co-workers. Again, this is a great opportunity to learn more about PR professionals and the PR field.
Don't sit around waiting for your supervisor to give you your next task. Do be proactive and ask if your supervisor needs help with anything.
Do arrive on time and stay until all your tasks are finished: it shows your dedication and commitment.
Do keep in contact with co-workers and supervisors! They can provide you with great recommendations in the future.
Don't be negative. Your internship is an extended interview to see how you do, even if you're doing administrative, seemingly meaningless tasks. Always be positive!
I hope you take my advice and keep it in the back of your mind at your internship!