How to make the most of your PR internship

This hands-on experience can be the first step in a successful, exciting career in public relations. Here’s how to capitalize on your golden opportunity.

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You landed it.

Months of cover-letter revisions and tapping into every LinkedIn connection have paid off: You’ve landed the elusive PR internship. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and you’re going to gain more experience in the next few months than you have in years of schooling.

You want nothing more than to thrive and grow in this new position, but how? From one intern to the next, here are a few tips that I have picked up along my journey:

Take notes.

If your office does not supply notebooks, invest a few dollars to buy some. I carry mine wherever I go to jot down things from impromptu to-do tasks to colleagues’ book recommendations. Write down what you’re told. Don’t be the intern who has to ask someone to repeat something; it could be perceived as your failure to listen.

Working on your writing.

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