Students often ask us how they can make the most of their internships. And the answer is simple: become engaged.
The best way to grow as a young professional in the communications industry is to use your time wisely and learn as much as you can before you enter the workforce. So, ask a lot of questions during your internship, join as many team meetings and brainstorming sessions as you can, organize one-on-one meetings with team members at your company, and take advantage of any opportunities that may arise, such as attending a media interview or special event.
Today, our summer intern spotlight is on Nick.
I am a senior strategic communications major and entrepreneurship minor at Elon University. I am from Cheshire, Connecticut, but I enjoy North Carolina weather much more than the cold up North. When I’m not busy with school, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing golf and traveling. After graduation next May, I plan on pursuing a career in public relations and marketing.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
This past spring semester I studied abroad in London for four months, and it was a great experience. I have always enjoyed traveling, and have been lucky enough to travel all over the world with my family. However, the one place I have not yet had the chance to go is Australia. I would love to learn more about Australian culture while simultaneously enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I have always been interested in cars, and for some reason I have the useless ability to name the make, model and approximate year of just about every car I see on the road.
What activities or organizations are you involved in?
Elon University encourages students to join any of the hundreds of organizations and clubs on campus. I am a member of Elon’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), and I really enjoy meeting with my peers to discuss what’s going on in the industry outside of the classroom setting. I am also a member of Elon’s club soccer team and Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Next year I hope to get involved in Live Oak Communications, Elon’s student-run public relations agency.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
This is a tough question because I like so many genres of music, but if I had to choose one song, I would probably choose ‘I Won’t Back Down’ by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
John F. Kennedy. I find Kennedy to be one of the most interesting and inspiring presidents and I would love to pick his brain on just about everything. I went to the same high school that JFK attended in the 1930s, so I would also like to ask him what sort of trouble he caused back in those days.
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