From drafting press releases to crafting social media posts, working in the communications field requires plenty of writing. And it’s especially important for students to develop and improve skills during their internships.
At RLF, we urge our interns to brush up on their AP Style, proof their work and build a portfolio of samples to show future employers. The ability to write a clear, concise media advisory or draft a fresh, versatile marketing plan is a must-have quality in the PR field.
Our final fall intern spotlight is on Amanda.
I grew up in Philadelphia, but now I spend my time between North Carolina, Florida and the Jersey Shore. I am a senior at Elon University studying strategic communications with minors in professional writing and professional sales. I love to write, travel and I am always trying something new, whether it is training for a half marathon or learning to cook a new recipe.
How did you spend your summer?
I spent my summer interning at a boutique public relations firm in NYC, Sarah Hall Productions. During my weekends off, I split my time between exploring the limitless things New York has to offer, visiting my family and spending time at the beach, and jetting all over the East Coast to visit friends!
What is your dream job?
I plan to move to Washington, D.C. when I graduate and work at a top integrated marketing communications agency. My dream job down the road, however, would be to own my own communications firm!
Do you have any hidden talents?
I have an abnormally good memory and incredible face recognition. I could run into someone 60 years down the road and just see their eyes, and know who it is in an instant!
What food could you eat every day and never get sick of?
Sticky. Bread. Pudding. I’m just obsessed with bread pudding and sweets to begin with. I used to work at a bakery at the beach!
What advice would you give to college students looking for internships?
While RLF’s internship was posted online, many are not. If you want to work somewhere, you have to make it happen. Call the company and use all the contacts you have to get your foot in the door. Then you need to “wow” them in the interview. Show your personality, but also remain professional, and people will instantly like you.
Follow Amanda online at amandaklimoges.wordpress.com.
To apply for an internship at RLF, please send cover letters, resumes and writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.