However, during my time in school I noticed that there were many college students who for a variety of reasons—children, finances, summer school, etc.—simply could not afford to spend a summer at an internship. Most internships are unpaid and take up a lot of time; therefore, a number of roadblocks can stand in a college student’s way.
For example, if a student changed his or her major, but still wanted to graduate in four years, he or she would need to take summer school, instead of taking an internship. For others, the ability to work 40 hours a week is a necessity, and a pay cut is not an option.
Fortunately, there are other things you can do if you hope to major in PR and an internship isn’t in sight. Make no mistake—if you can somehow make an internship work, this is the path to take. However, do not count yourself out of the game if “internship” will not appear on your résumé.
Here are a few things you can do before you graduate to help give you an edge:
Join a public relations group or fraternity.