By Brittany Sykes
Now that it is the beginning of my last semester of college, it is time to have one last push of experience in Public Relations and extra-curricular activities before graduation. I’ve decided to take on an internship (working from my apartment) for a large PR firm in New York City, called Ericho Communications. Right now it is VERY overwhelming because I’m still trying to get settled in and understand what exactly I’m doing. The emails keep overflowing and I feel a bit unorganized, but I know it will only take some time until I get the swing of things.
I have begun pitching to print publications on a new book called Life’s Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips from the Country’s Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors, written by a 17-year-old high school senior and her father, which is full of tips on applying to college, getting quotes from some of the best guidance counselors in the country (as you can see from the title of the book). Skimming over the book, I really wish I had it when I was looking into colleges because it offered some very valuable advice, such as starting to actually look into colleges in your freshman year of high school. It also included a sample college essay so students can get an idea of what an appropriate essay would be like.
This is my third internship, but it’s my first one where I’m really getting the experience of a Public Relations professional. I get nervous that I have no idea what I’m doing, but because it’s only my second week at the internship, I know I’m going to be just fine. I’m excited to learn a lot about Public Relations, especially because my whole life is going to be about it starting next year.