Top 5 tips for PR interns—from an intern

Putting yourself out there, both professionally and personally, will help you get the most value out of your learning experience.

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As my internship comes to a close, here’s what I’ve learned over the past eight months.

When you can, ask for more work.

You can help direct the success by always offering to help your co-workers and supervisors. They may simply be so accustomed to completing certain projects that they don’t realize they could give it to someone else. When you realize your plate is empty (well, empty enough), send an email to your team or supervisor asking whether they need assistance. Even if they don’t have anything for you to work on at the time, they will certainly appreciate your proactive approach.

Be open to criticism; it can help you improve.

You have to be willing to accept criticism and to work on improving your skills. You might think you can write an awesome press release, but when your supervisor returns it with critical comments, take the critique to heart, but don’t take it personally. Carefully read the corrections, recognize the mistakes you made, and find ways to improve.

Eat lunch with your co-workers.

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