Internship meeting

March 28, 2011 at 10:24 am (Comm 2322 Topics of the Week)

On March 23, 2011, there was a communications department informational meeting on internships. I had attended because I have to serve my internship this summer, and I must admit that it is quite overwhelming to prepare for everything that an internship brings. Do not fret! Step by step instructions are available and if you missed the meeting then you are in luck because I have everything you need to know  on how to serve an internship.

First word of advice is find an internship! This may seem simple and silly, however many students do not know that finding an internship is their responsibility-not the responsibility of their advisors or professors. This takes research, and preparation. Add, #internchat, and @HeatherHuhman to your twitter account to skim for any new internships available in communications.

Have an outstanding one page resume with active verbs under your skills, and include your High School if you wish. For more information on how to produce a knock out resume check out this link.

If you are going to serve your internship with Southeastern University, then here is a link for all of the paperwork needed to earn credit for the work.

Although we may all have the best intentions to do great as we work for a company who was kind enough to allow us to come learn for the summer, there are 10 steps to help us rock our internships. Barbara Nixion has compiled a list of what great interns do which makes them so successful.

  • Learn names- of anyone who is anyone in the office! Don’t be caught 3 months down the road not remembering the person who you communicate with every day.
  • Be on time always- punctuality is a must! Find out what “on time” means with your company. A 10a.m. meeting may mean strolling in at 10a.m., or it may mean presentations start at 10a.m.
  • Dress the part- professional casual does not mean jeans and a nice shirt. And ladies, no cleavage please.
  • Ask questions- interns are supposed to ask questions. This is why we must intern. We don’t know what we are doing, so when we are being trained, don’t just nod your head and say you understand if you really don’t.
  • Recap every meeting- make sure that you are completely aware of what is expected of you by voicing every objective to your boss. You may have had the wrong idea, and you may end up having less of a world load.
  • Avoid personal use of social media on the job- leave facebook and twitter for your own time, not on the companies’ time
  • Don’t complain, especially publicly- you never know who you are complaining around. This could get you into a lot of trouble.
  • Save copies of all your work (that you are allowed to keep)- you’ll need it for a portfolio in the future when you are looking for jobs in the communications field.
  • Keep in touch with the company in which you interned.- it’s great to be on good terms with a company who may need to hire PR professionals one day.
  • Leave an impression- you want to be memorable, not just for your reputation-but the reputation of the school that you represent.

All of these tips will help you “Rock your internship” if you keep them in mind for the duration of your internship. Thank you Barbara Nixion for having a great guide to keep for the next 3 months.


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