Junior year is often the crunch time for getting internships and starting to realize which PR career path to choose for the future. This time is filled with a lot of anxiety and feelings of doubt about what the future has in store. Friends and peers are racking in the internships, while I sit back and watch as they gain valuable experience. Clearly, there is something wrong and I need to jump on the first internship opportunity I see…Wrong!
While I watch my peers and friends getting internships, I remind myself I am only a first semester junior. I have time to apply for an internship to gain more experience. Also, I take a moment to realize the role I have as Secretary of PRSSA. Sometimes it is easy to forget the great skills and experiences I gain from being active in this organization.
The anxiety is present at all times to find the greatest internship. However, after watching and listening to my peers and friends, I’ve learned that great internships don’t just appear. An internship at a big corporate PR firm could be the worst time of my life, while a small lifestyle agency could gain me long-lasting skills and experience.
I know this is a hard time and transition period for any Junior in college, but throwing myself a bone and realizing I have great opportunities without an internship allowed me to shed my anxiety. I will keep working hard and stay in an active leadership position in PRSSA! I know that when I am ready, I will find a good internship. In the meantime, I will relish my time as Secretary of PRSSA.
By: Jeremy Rives, PRSSA Secretary