Public Relations Nation occasionally posts a guest blog written by a Hofstra student. Katie Spoleti is a journalism major and a senior in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University.
Before entering my college career, the word “internship” sounded like something impressive to say to spark interest during conversations between peers and relatives. After declaring my journalism major under the School of Communication at Hofstra University, I learned quickly that having an internship meant much more than what I had originally thought it to be.
As a senior with five internships under my belt and one more to complete in the spring, I can say that my experiences have definitely helped me determine what I want to do after graduation. When you have the opportunity to work for different companies, you learn quickly what you can and can’t see yourself pursuing as a career. Internships give you the ability to take what you’ve learned in the classroom and apply it – putting all that you’ve retained about your field to the real test. So, while building upon your knowledge interning for diverse industries, you set yourself up to learn where your interests really lie while refining your career goals.
What truly inspired me to apply for my first internship position was a discussion led by Lauren Berger, “The Intern Queen,” which was sponsored by Hofstra’s very own PRSSA chapter in 2014. After speaking about how she landed her first internship with the Zimmerman Public Relations Agency, Berger went on to explain how her life dramatically changed after that – successfully completing 15 internships at high-profile companies like Fox, MTV and NBC during her remaining years at college. Through listening to her experiences and tips, I knew then that I wanted to maximize my time as a student and start building my resume and network in the field.
For journalism and public relations majors specifically, the Communications department calls for students to obtain three credits of an internship in order to graduate. Some would argue that this requirement is not fair for undergraduates but the majority have said that it is exactly what has helped them land their first job after college. How important do you think interning is? Could you handle being a full time student and part time intern?