By: Shamone Johnson, Account Associate
So you’re trying to find an internship this summer, and you aren’t sure where to start looking? In the field of public relations, networking is key! Here are five tips to point you in the right direction when searching for the internship or job that you desire.
- Use the resources that are available to you to get involved. Develop a positive relationship with your advisors. Career Services is a great resource if you are seeking advice at any point in your college career. They can connect you with just about anyone whose career field sparks your interest and also provide great opportunities for job shadowing.
- Develop and maintain relationships with your professors and mentors. They may know someone within the field and can connect you. Also, it’s a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation. Employers love hearing about your work ethic in the classroom, and you would want to get it from a professor who knows you best.
- Attend networking events like career fairs and other social outings where professionals are present. Be sure to leave a great first impression, and ask many questions. This can help make you more comfortable meeting new people, even if their profession does not match your field of interest. It’s important to connect with as many people as you can because you never know who they may know.
- Be creative and stand out. You want the person to remember you, do so by having a unique business card on hand. Providing a new connection with a tangible card with your name and contact information, including a LinkedIn profile URL, can make it easier for that connection to remember you and contact you in the future.
- Follow up. Send thank you notes or notes of appreciation within 24 hours after every interview or meeting. In this digital age, hand written notes stand out; although follow-up by email is often accepted. Following up will show that you’re professional and grateful for the professional or employer’s time to talk with you. It’s also thoughtful to send a kind email every so often to ask questions, see what your connection has been up to and wish them a great day.
Do you have any other great networking tips for undergrads? Let us know in the comments below!