It’s the intern here again posting about my two months working with the team (Kimberley) from BRAND PR SOCIAL.
As stated in my original post, I took on this internship for two main reasons:
- Gaining valuable experience working in an office environment, doing a typical nine-to-five day; and
- Experiencing what public relations is like in the real world, before committing to a Public Relations Major at Wollongong University.
In the months I have been with BRAND PR SOCIAL, there have been jobs and tasks I have been given, some that were exciting and some, not so exciting. Starting out I was making media lists, rounding up various bloggers and compiling records of all community radio stations in Australia for the crew at Social Family Records, the usual intern jobs I’m guessing.
I was fortunate enough throughout my time here to be invited by Kim to join in some meetings she had with some very interesting people and this immensely helped me gain great insights into how PR consultants go about their work in helping their clients with all things public relations.
There were some days where Kim was flexible as well, allowing me to stay in Wollongong (about 90 minutes south of the North Sydney office) and work from home, saving me the 6am wake up and trek north of the Harbour Bridge. Of course, I know I’m not going to be afforded this freedom when I’m older but I’ll take it now whilst I’m still not working full time.
BRAND PR SOCIAL… well I couldn’t have picked a better place to do the internship with. A start up barely three months old meant I was going to be heavily involved in a variety of projects with various clients but not once did I have to go and get coffees or shred papers (there’s no paper shredder anyway) but you get the point.
Overall, I believe this internship has been a huge success for me on a personal level. I’ve made new friends, gained vital experience working in an office (and virtual office) environment and I now have more of an idea of how public relations works in the real world. I will definitely be taking this experience on board and I’m sure it will be put to good use in my future endeavours.
But until then, goodbye from me…Peter Prandalos…the Intern.