7 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Internship

18 January 2017
By Alyce James-Tronnolone

Your newest addition to the Girl About Town team checking in for duty and ready to shell out some advice to the aspiring publicists trying to enter the world of public relations.

I was always under the impression that it was incredibly difficult to get a job in Adelaide, but I’m a strong believer in “hard work pays off’ – and it has. So I’m sharing my tips and tricks that help me land the job and got me into the GAT girl rhythm;

1. Ask As Many Questions As You Can
Always remember that as an intern your prerogative is to learn, and it’s okay to ask questions. I’d hear horror stories of interns being ‘fired’ on their first day for not being able to complete tasks! And of course, the first task I was given I had no clue what I was doing. After silently panicking, I plucked up the courage to ask and someone happily explained exactly what I needed to do in extensive detail. Just be cautious as to when you ask your questions. Gauge the persons workload and hunger level before asking for their time.

2. Write Things Down
While asking as many questions as you can is the best way to learn, asking the same ones over and over is a waste of both yours and the organisations time. To be frank, it’s downright annoying! I started my own digital journal to refer back too if I ever needed clarification on a task that had previously been explained to me. This is useful not only for your time at one organisation but to refer back to in the future, at other internships and even future jobs. We all get a little rusty so it’s beneficial to document things as you learn them. Even once you’ve graduated don’t get out of the habit of taking notes!

3. Produce Your Best Work
This isn’t a last minute Uni assignment you’re smashing out at midnight, this is the ‘real world’ that everyone talks about. Every task you’re given always do the best job you can. I’m talking triple checking your work. It’s always better to take a little longer to complete a task to the best of your ability than handing over a task that has to be redone.

4. Make Contacts
Interning is the way your going to meet your potential employer, colleagues, and everyone your going to collaborate with in the future. Introduce yourself to every single person that you meet, ask questions about their job, and always be memorable. People are going to forget you, but that’s no reason to be discouraged, keep on reminding them why you’re so amazing and that your sticking around.

5. Be A Professional Version Of Yourself
It’s a given that your not going to walk into the office and tell everyone about the fight you and your boyfriend had or how many espresso martinis you tossed back on the weekend. The only thing worse than being OTT and sharing to much info, is not showing any personality at all. When I first started interning, I was an unobtrusive little PR robot. Over time I loosened up, and found it much easier to relate to clients and my now colleagues. My personality is a big part of the reason why I got the job, being likeable and easy to work with is such an important part of working in the communications industry.So by all means show them you, but the edited you.

6. It’s Okay To Have Bad Days
Or even bad internship. There is nothing worse than not enjoying an experience that you were so excited for. It took me a long time to not let these things get to me, but at the end of the day, not everything is going to be for you. It’s better that you discover that now before starting a permanent role. It may be the people, the way things are carried out or that your just not built for a career in that environment, and that’s okay. Take it as a learning curve and move on. You’ll soon find something that’s perfect for you, like I did at Girl About Town.

7. Go Above & Beyond

The most important trait I possessed that landed me the job was taking initiative and making GAT a priority. From my very first day I knew this is exactly the kind of career I wanted, and even when I wasn’t at the office I kept GAT top of mind. I would always be the first to put my hand up and rearrange other plans to be able to help out. At the end of the day your internship is a gateway into your career, whether you land a job at the organisation or get a fantastic reference the hard work will be worth it.

Until next time,

Alyce x

7 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Internship
Alyce James-Tronnolone
DATE 18 January 2017

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