How to stand out as a PR intern

The ‘yes-man’ approach will get you just so far. Read what tactics one public relations student advices interns take to make a name for yourself.

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I made it a personal goal to make sure that when I left my internship, people remembered me. Here’s how:

1. Always say hello. From the CEO to the custodian, whether I remembered their name or not, I always made sure to say hello to everyone with whom I made eye contact. A smile and a “hello” can sometimes be all it takes to brighten someone’s day, and that person will always remember you for it.

2. Participate. Every meeting I attended I contributed at least one idea, suggestion, or statement. If I didn’t have anywhere to make a suggestion, I would simply say, “Yes, I completely agree because….” Contributing a statement or suggestion to a meeting makes people who may have previously overlooked the intern notice you, even just for that moment. Making yourself stand out helps you to be remembered favorably in the future.

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