Here at Nickerson PR, we refer to our interns as our Summer Associates, and they are an integral part of our team. The Associate Team at Nickerson is comprised of creative, unique individuals who are willing to go above and beyond the job description. In return, our Associates gain valuable industry skills and get hands-on experience at a premiere PR agency.
Our Summer Associates have been doing great work over past few weeks, and they have put together a list of advice of best practices for future and prospective interns!
1. Always stay busy
If you don’t know what to work on, ask someone. There’s always something to do so take initiative and seek out next steps. This goes a long way and will help you build your portfolio as well.
2. Ask questions
Don’t be afraid to speak up, this way you can learn new things too. You can take what you learned and use it for a job you might have later on. Also, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, it could be your first time doing something and someone will help you.
3. Learn Microsoft Excel
Compiling information and organizing an excel document demonstrates dedication and your proficiency with the program. Agency experts emphasize the importance of organization and excel skills to marketing, learning how to be a knowledgeable excel user can go a long way of in how how future companies view your skills.
4. Take notes
Information on clients, projects, and content can come at you fast, so it is good to keep notes of meetings and what you are working on. Taking notes also shows that your taking your tasks seriously, and want to get every detail of your assignment exactly right. Understand that using notes demonstrates your understanding of attention to details. Do not rely too much on your memorization skills.
5. Stand out
When someone asks for help on a project your hand should be the first one up. Even if you have never done that task before this is your time to get your hands on as many projects as you can manage. It may be scary jumping head first into a project you don’t have a lot of experience with, but learning is a contact sport so you need to be assertive and self-advocate for yourself. If you sit back and wait for projects to come to you, it can be difficult for people who do need help to ask you for it. This is your time to learn and grow. Don’t let fear get in the way of your potential.
6. Believe in yourself
The worst mistake an intern can make is comparing themselves to the people around them. Nobody is perfect. Many young college students make the mistake of thinking success means you have to be the very best. The true measure of success is seeing the small victories throughout your day and at the end of your internship seeing how those steps became leaps from when you began. If you learned how to use Google Analytics, made fewer spelling and grammatical mistakes from your first try at a press release, or get to know another coworker better it’s a step forward from where you began. At the end of your internship, you will hold your head up high and be proud of the progress you’ve made.