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Toolkit Tuesday: 7 Tips and Tools for Your First PR Internship

The last three months I have had the opportunity to participate in a PR internship at Belle Communications.  This internship has molded me into a better PR professional and has taught me many lessons that will follow me through my career paths ahead. In reflecting on this experience, I have thought about some simple tips that have helped me to grow and succeed as an intern. 7 Tips and Tools for Your First PR Internship … 1. Listen. I know what you’re probably thinking. This sounds so easy, but really, listening is something I am continuing to learn.  It can

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The last three months I have had the opportunity to participate in a PR internship at Belle Communications.  This internship has molded me into a better PR professional and has taught me many lessons that will follow me through my career paths ahead.

In reflecting on this experience, I have thought about some simple tips that have helped me to grow and succeed as an intern.

7 Tips and Tools for Your First PR Internship …

1. Listen.

I know what you’re probably thinking. This sounds so easy, but really, listening is something I am continuing to learn.  It can be difficult to stay focused when you’re taking on new or multiple projects, and listening is the key to your success. Be aware of what is asked of you and always pay attention to instructions.

2. Pay Attention to Details.

This is essential when taking on any task or project. Think about what is being asked and stay focused.  Double check your work and make sure you go above and beyond, focusing on every detail.  Paying attention to detail is crucial and will decrease your chances of making mistakes.

3. Prioritize.

Prioritizing can be difficult when you have a lot to accomplish and it feels like everything is due at once. Make a list of tasks and analyze what is most important. Then, execute a plan according to that list.  Prioritizing is key to staying organized and being productive.  I have learned that this trait is the root to managing all successful projects.

4. Take Advantage of Productivity Tools.

Everyday technology is expanding more and more.  Resourceful tools such as Hootsuite, Basecamp, and Feedly can help you to stay organized and maximize productivity.  Being a PR intern, I have learned and been able to use a variety of valuable tools that I will use for the rest of my career and even in my personal life.  Learning a new tool can be intimidating but once you understand how well these tools keep you updated and organized, they will become your best friends.  Try to step out of your comfort zone and use the resources available.

5. Build Relationships.

Relationships are key to anything you encounter in life.  Creating long lasting and professional relationships is important to being a successful intern.  I have learned the more you invest your time in getting to know your boss or co-workers, the more you feel connected.  Being relational is important not only internally but also externally, outside of your company or organization.  Get to know the people you meet and potential clients.

6. Stay Positive.

Accept and tackle every project with a positive attitude.  Staying positive is important and sets the bar for how you look at your day or work week.  Be exceptional and STAY positive and you will stand out.

7. If you don’t know, ASK!

Asking questions can be a little uncomfortable at first, but when you don’t know: ask.  There is nothing more embarrassing than tackling a project when you didn’t know how to do it and had a question about it, but didn’t ask.  Keep communication open and always ask if you’re not sure.  I have found that keeping a notepad handy to write down questions has been very valuable.

I hope you find these tips and tools as useful as I have, and that they will help you to be the best Superstar PR intern possible.

What traits do you think are most valuable in an intern? Share your tips in the comments!

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Heather Allen

Belle's first employee. Lover of great food, good books and spreadsheets. Mom of three. Native Floridian and city girl residing in the cornfields of central Illinois.