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  • Tala Odeh 8:55 pm on April 30, 2014 Permalink
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    Intern Today, Publicist Tomorrow 

    My internship at DBC PR has thus far shed light on some essential aspects of working PR and without this experience, I would have been at a huge disadvantage when entering the ‘real world’. As an intern, you see, listen and do things that any entry level public relations co-ordinator would you. All the research and writing is crucial to ensuring a communications campaign is realistic and successful. It is important to take in what is going on around you and make note of the little things you think will help you later on.

    As a publicist, juggling multiple clients is key and learning how to do this and allocate enough time and every to everyone you represent is so important. As an intern, I would ask for tips on how they do this and my supervisor suggested taking 10 minutes every morning to sift through e-ails and make a to-do list for every client for that day. Crossing everything off the list meant a successful and productive day at work. I think it is lessons like this that make my internship today, a helpful tool for being in PR in the future.

    However, there were times when my internship led me to believe I did not want to work in the industry I am in. At times, going after the media can be tedious and hard to secure placements as there is always something more newsworthy that what your client has to say. However, in today’s world, the industry needs people with drive and persistence to achieve this. Rather than dwell on the possibility of a career path change, I chose to focus on harnessing the skills I need to succeed in the world  of public relations. I spoke to others in the office about strengthening media relations and how to use platforms where journalists were looking for stories to write. This meant that publicists and journalists met half way to pitch and secure placements for the media. These helpful tactics are what I believe adds value to the internship.

    Finally, it takes a lot to determine a career from some textbooks and theories. While the appeal of a certain job may help someone envision themselves in that work, nothing but an internship can truly prepare one for this. It takes understanding the work ethic, environment and arena in which clients compete in to truly comprehend and foresee what someone is getting themselves into. I believe that DBC showed me just this and facilitated the transition from intern to a future publicist.

  • Zach C. Cohen 4:50 am on July 12, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , David Callaway, editor-in-chief, future, , , Larry Kramer, publisher,   

    Watching History 

    USA TODAY is currently undergoing a major transition. The McPaper announced David Callaway as its new editor-in-chief on July 10, and Larry Kramer was hired as president publisher just a few weeks ago. Those are the two top positions of one of the country’s biggest newspaper.

    As interns, we got to see that relationship play out with staff and got the opportunity to sit down with both two founders of MarketWatch and captains of a national newspaper in a private meeting.

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    • Jennifer Carignan 6:19 pm on July 18, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What an exciting time to intern at USA Today, Zach! I’ll be curious to see how these changes play out at the newspaper and what impact that might have on you on a daily basis. This experience with a change in management will be great to talk about one day in an interview!

  • nn1702a 6:23 pm on December 9, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , future, , learning,   

    It’s Been Real… 

    The day has come, unfortunately today is my last day in the office. It’ s bittersweet because this semester is almost over and I will be abroad in one more month! However, I am going to miss having to wake up in the mornings and catching the N4 downtown to go to my internship and of course all my friends at AU. So, it’s going to be hard when it’s time to pack up and leave. I am currently in the office and I just realized that time has gone by so fast this semester- so shocked!

    I think I have come a long way since I have started my internship. Prior to starting, I have always been aware and well informed politically on the Middle East. And now I can say the same about knowing a lot more about the region’s developing and booming economy. I find this an added advantage for me because I have always wanted that in an internship- leaving with so much more to take back and apply later on down the road. That is why I consider an internship somewhat like an actual course, but one that takes place in the “real world,” where all of the action is going on. The things I have learned can be directly applied to my academic studies in both the immediate and distant futures. I know that what I have accomplished at my internship will truly help me, especially since I am focusing on the Middle East for my specialization area. Now, I will proceed into the next stage of my life feeling well equipped and knowledgeable for what awaits me later on. So, I definitely have learned a lot from my experiences these past four months with my colleagues and other interns, whom have taught me so much. As a result, I have learned how to be a good co-worker, since I’ve formed close bonds and made life long friends during my time here. I also feel prepared in how to act and conduct myself in the work field. It’s been a really great semester having this internship and I wouldn’t of had it any other way.

    So, I’m looking forward to going abroad next semester to London, it’s going to be way too much fun!!! And after coming back, for my senior year I will definitely have an internship again. Hopefully, I will get lucky and find another great opportunity and benefit from it just as much, if not more.

  • Christine Edmond 8:27 pm on May 3, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: australia, , future,   

    What’s next? 

    Finals are over, but life is not. My internship and classroom experience this semester has taught me a lot about myself and the journalism industry. I desire more internship experiences in a variety of environments. I guess I’m a senior now, so my time is limited. I’ll be in Australia (University of Melbourne) this fall and I plan to pursuit an internship or part-time job in the communications/media industry (20 hour limit, of course).

    I haven’t completed my time at WAMU and will probably not finish until the end of May. There’s still a lot that I have to learn and I’m only going to learn by experiencing.

    I hope that what I’ve accomplished and experienced thus far allows me to create the change that I want to see in the world — or in someone’s life — through the stories I tell. If it wasn’t for this semester, I might still be wandering around to figure out what my next career move should be.

    Now, here I am.

  • Jett Choquette 3:44 pm on April 2, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Cherry Blossom Festival, future, , , , ,   

    Busy In the City 

    What I’ve Been Up To:

    As I gear up for the last stretch of the semester I find myself busy inside and outside of the classroom.  I have been at holaciudad.com long enough to understand my role well enough to create work for myself in addition to the work Laura gives me. (More …)

    • miranda78 1:29 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Like you state, you definitely have a good grasp now of the major national and community-level issues facing Latinos which I think will be valuable insight as you move forward in both your academic and career paths!

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