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My time as an intern: Life at a PR agency

Having the right people around you makes for a great internship experience. I found those people right here at Franco.

You’ve landed your dream internship and the hard part’s over…or so you thought. You’ve heard the rumors about the job being intense, the pressure being on and the pace being fast.  But did you believe it?

Working at an agency is all of the above and more. It’s a fast-paced, competitive and most of all a fun experience.  Companies like Franco give interns the opportunity to dive in head first and experience a wide range of public relations practices.

Reasons why agency internships reign supreme:

Opportunity

Interning at an agency can open the door to new experiences, networking opportunities and a chance to work on different accounts including nonprofit, automotive, consumer and health care. If you didn’t know what type of public relations you wanted to practice, you will after interning at a full-service agency like Franco.

Many mentors

Agencies are full of talented PR practitioners servicing a slew of different accounts. With so much talent in one room mentors are easy to come by. If you are open to learning and taking criticism you will be exposed to a diverse group of professionals who specialize in different areas from social media to media relations. It is up to you to take advantage of this opportunity and make the best out of your internship.

Never a dull moment

Agency work is fast paced and the pressure is always on to meet daily deadlines. This makes for an exciting work week full of new challenges and hands-on learning. A good agency internship keeps you occupied with relevant tasks that help you develop professionally; you won’t have time to fetch anyone’s coffee!

Networking

From day one you will be on the phone, emailing and shaking hands. Agency internships give you the chance to put yourself out there and meet different people. Networking on social websites such as Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter offer advantages, but nothing leaves a lasting impression like face-to-face conversation. You will have the chance to meet members of the media, business people and the public. It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase your talents to the decision makers and influencers of the PR world.

Finding an internship is important but finding one perfect for you is a nice bonus. Working at Franco is  perfect for me.  What do you look for in an internship?

Dan Stocking is an intern at Franco Public Relations Group. You can reach him at (313) 567-5094 or stocking@franco.com.  Follow him on Twitter @danielstocking.