Advice to young PR pros: Position yourself for a full-time job by interning after graduation

A 2010 grad who scored a steady gig through an internship shares her experience and explains why it makes sense as a career path.

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I had my fair share of internships and work experience during college, and, like most of my classmates, had been applying for full-time jobs for months before graduation. Much of our in-class discussion revolved around who had been lucky enough to land a job already or were hired full-time from their internships.

I felt uneasy as graduation loomed and I still had no plan. Making matters worse, many entry-level jobs call for as much as two years of experience, and I didn’t have anything close to that on my résumé. I was frustrated, and I didn’t think I would even get an interview based on this research.

As a result, I decided to focus on getting an internship.

I was lucky enough to apply for an internship at a small agency in Washington, D.C., which needed help with a big project. It was the perfect time to apply. I finally had a plan after graduation. Plus, I felt qualified for the position, which made it easier to transition from student life to work life. I had finished my learning in the classroom (for now), and it was time to learn in the field.

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