Jenna Matzer, a senior in the public relations track, recently began an internship with The Hauser Group in St. Louis. The managing editor of the Alestle, Robyn Kirscher, picked up on this story about Jenna that resulted in a subsequent story being published in last week’s edition of the Alestle. If you didn’t pick up a copy, you can read it online.
As the story in the Alestle mentions, Jenna served on one of the PR professional panels for the SPC 213 classes last semester. She provided students with some valuable advice about the internship process and interviewing tips in general. She serves as an excellent example of how important networking is in achieving career goals.
A recent post on the PRSSA blog also highlighted four recruiting tips for securing your dream internship. Whether it is showcasing your writing skills through blogging, engaging in other social media platforms or building relationships through PRSSA membership or volunteer opportunities, many of the tips stem from the same premise: you need to network.
If you didn’t take the opportunity to personally greet the professionals that served on the first panel, make a point to do so when we have our final panel at the end of the semester. You never know when or how that connection may benefit you in the future. Besides, it gives you more practice at face-to-face communication that for some is a bit intimidating.
So, go ahead, offer a handshake, say hello and introduce yourself; maybe you will be the “next great hire!”
Pull up a chair and let’s talk!