Last week, I started an internship at a full service PR agency in London called The PHA Group. I am interning in their Strategic Communications team, a small team of 6 with a great range of clients. This was not my first PR internship but it has been a few months since my last one. I was a little nervous walking into an agency I didn’t know (I’m sure everyone is), but everyone at PHA was so welcoming and I got stuck in to ‘real work’ on my first day.

It can be difficult to settle in to a working environment when you’re new and inexperienced. But doing internships is a great way to gain vital industry knowledge, grow your contacts and get a feel or a taste for the industry. I am always a little nervous in new environments but without a doubt, PHA made me feel right at home.

After my first week, I thought that I would put a little list of tips on how to get the most out of an internship, partly for my own benefit, but I hope it’s useful to anyone starting an internship in the future!

  1. The first thing that I would always recommend when doing an internship is to ask questions! Whether this is a question about the work that you’re doing or just a general question about PR or the industry, it is always worth asking the question. A side note of this point, and something that I have been told off for this week is saying sorry! As I have been told many times this week, no question is a stupid question!


  1. My second tip is to talk to people as much as possible. Whether this is networking at work or going out with the team after work on a Friday, this is your opportunity to gain incredible insight into the industry and grow that vital network of contacts! When you start talking to your colleagues, you’ll find that you have a lot in common, and from this not only networks but valuable friendships start to grow.


  1. Tip number 3 is to keep a log of everything you do. This might sound a little over-the-top but I always write down everything that I do in my internship. This way, I have a log of everything that I have learnt, everything that I have done and when I undoubtedly forget, I can refer back to it in future. Keeping a notebook with you at all times will serve you so well. Write down everything that people ask you to do, I assure you it will be the greatest help. If you do this, you will have a perfect diary to call upon in your next interview that documents everything that you did and what you can bring to a potential job in future.


  1. My last point is just to relax and enjoy it. If you are stressed and worried, you just won’t get the most out of the opportunity. I am a worrier, and I am guilty of this trait, but it really makes a huge difference when you just relax and try your best.


I hope that these tips are useful for anyone starting out at an internship, they really are what you make of them and they can lead to great opportunities in future!


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