By Michelle Procida, Public Relations Assistant
After weeks of searching endlessly for internships, you received that phone call, excelled throughout the interview, and landed your ideal internship towards building your career. Now what? That’s how I felt prior to my first day of interning as a Public Relations Assistant at CPR Strategic Marketing Communications. As a first-time intern, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Did my classes prepare me enough? Would I know how to complete the tasks I was given? Those were just a few questions racing through my mind. On my first day, I seem to have everything under control so far. For you other interns preparing for your big day, here are a few tips on how to excel as a first-time intern.
- Bring a notepad and folder. On my first day of training I was given a lot of instructions on how to use programs to create media lists, as well as information about our clients. I whipped out my notepad and took pages of notes- which I now refer to on my own time rather than try to remember what I was told.
- Ask questions. This is probably the most important tip! If you’re nervous about bugging your supervisor, chances are, you’re not. It’s better to ask questions while he/she is giving the instructions, than to just assume what to do, leaving you with an incomplete task at the end of the day. Engaging in instruction helps you (the intern) to better understand what is being asked of you. It also shows you’re paying attention and want to learn how to complete your assignments.
- Be confident. If you’re a nervous wreck walking through the door, you won’t be able to focus. Ask yourself, what’s the worst that can go wrong? Although it may be your first internship, chances are you are more prepared than you think. That’s why you got the job, remember!?
Once you have the basics down, you’ll be able to really enjoy working on tasks you are given. On my first day I already felt like I learned so much. I got to put together press clippings, research CPR’s clients, make phone calls, type up a media list, and write this blog! The most important thing to remember is enjoy your internship while you’re there and get the most out of it for yourself. If you approach your internship the right way, you’ll really benefit from it. I can’t wait to see what else my internship with CPR holds for me!