PR internships can be challenging to find for students especially if they don’t have any PR related experience. Some places to look for an internship can be found online at PRSSA, PRSA, using LinkedIn to connect with other professionals and find job postings or the organization’s site itself. If the organization does not list an internship, it doesn’t hurt to reach out and express interest. A good tip to get PR skills is to work for a non-profit organization or volunteer. Find one that holds your interest and passion. If you are a part of a non-profit, it helps you receive networking, event planning, social media and other PR skills. Some local non-profits are WEAVE, Breathe California, Ronald McDonald Charities, Sacramento Fashion Week and a few others, who would be happy to have some PR students work and bring new ideas to spread awareness about their services to the local community. Always research the organization beforehand to make sure it meets your wants and needs. If you need more insight, be sure to reach out to your peers in class, PRSSA and other professionals you have met previously.
If the person you have contacted is interested in hiring you for their internship program and they still want a resume, try thinking of any previous experience or skills you have already gained. List it on your resume and use the keywords from the job description to help connect your skills with the organization so the recruiter can see that you are the best fit to hire. Be willing to learn and always take initiative to show you are interested because they will help you along the way. A can do attitude shows a lot of determination and eagerness to learn more. By doing so, it is good to find someone you best work with to help mentor you and teach you new skills.
Some quick links for internships:
Indeed.com-Search Public Relations Intern