Tips for Prospective Interns
by Intern, on Aug 30, 2018
This week at the WordWrite offices, we say goodbye to our interns Beth Turnbull, spring and summer intern, and Megan Thorpe, summer intern, as they return to school to finish their final semester and prepare for graduation in December.
Before joining the WordWrite team, Beth and Megan interned at other agencies and nonprofits around Pittsburgh. Whether it was PR, social media or inbound marketing, their past experiences provided a sturdy and crucial foundation for their work at WordWrite. Beth and Megan played a huge role in leading WordWrite’s social media and inbound marketing efforts while proving their writing skills by supporting both internal and client-facing efforts.
As a farewell to the WordWrite team, Beth and Megan have put together a few tips for future WordWrite interns looking to make the most of their experiences.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
We all have things we’re good at and we tend to stick to them. As an intern, you’ll be asked to do things you’ve never done before… don’t panic. The opportunity to learn as much as you can in a supportive environment isn’t something to take for granted. Take every chance you can to broaden your horizons.
Accept That You’ll Make Mistakes
Chances are that as you step out of your comfort zone and take on new tasks, you’ll slip up a couple times. It happens. Learn what you can from feedback, both positive and constructive. Every learning experience will ultimately prepare you for your future career.
Be a Team Player
When working in an agency, communication and collaboration are key. Every task you encounter won’t be glorious – you may even think it’s tedious or pointless. It’s important to remember that each job is essential in its own way and is one piece of the puzzle that helps the project function.
You’re most likely completing an internship to gain knowledge for your future career path. To continue growing as a young professional, receiving feedback is key. Reach out to your supervisor and ask how you did on a project, and don’t be dejected if you receive constructive criticism. Your supervisor wouldn’t give you feedback if they didn’t think you had room (or capacity) to improve, so take things in stride and apply it to the next task you do.
Internships are just as valuable (if not more valuable) than a degree. The opportunity to learn and grow in a professional setting is one all students should take advantage of.
At WordWrite, we’re proud to offer students real world experiences while working in an agency setting. If you’re looking for a challenging and engaging way to gain and further sharpen your skills in the world of public relations, contact us today.