My name is Danielle but you can call me Dani. I am one of the new spring interns here at The Hip Event and so far I absolutely love it! At my last internship all I was doing was running errands for the company and taking everyone’s lunch orders. The reason why I love The Hip Event already is because I am actually learning more about this fast paced PR industry. I am actually getting hands on experience with writing blogs, learning how to pull media lists and press clippings. I just wanted to share a few tips that will make you shine at an internship.
Dani’s Tip #1
Don’t be afraid to speak up! Show your internship that you have ideas to bring to the table and that you can be a valuable asset to their company. Ask for assignments, to attend meetings, and show that you’re willing to put in 150% not just 100%. For example, I told my boss that I have a lot of experience with eBay and she actually allowed me to handle The Hip Event’s Closet project all on my own. Be sure to take a look on our eBay closet as well, there’s so many cute fashion pieces for sell. [TheHipEventCloset]
Dani’s Tip #2
Stay in the know! Working in public relations means that you need to know as much about everything related to entertainment news as possible. Monitoring media can be hard and is very time consuming work. From knowing the big industry news announcements to the smaller ones that may impact your own company, you’ve got to keep up and you don’t have all day to do it. I’ve learned that blogs and social media websites are your best friends. Be sure to read a blog or two in the morning before you go into your internship to stay up on your current events.
Dani’s Tip #3
Stay organized! This is very essential to having a successful internship. Keep a planner or notebook and make sure you always take clear notes during your morning meetings. I always carry a planner/notebook, a calendar and my iPhone to organize and prioritize my day-to-day life. I have experience in this now because this is my senior year of college and juggling my classes, this internship, plus my second job and also my somewhat of a social life can be overwhelming. These prioritization skills are relevant and necessary in every career, especially in PR.
Just remember to be yourself and that you can do whatever you put your mind to. Good luck everyone!