Last night, M and I attended the 4th Annual Intern Queen Party at 404 in the city. The venue was packed with recent graduates and hopeful interns networking with one another and the impressive group of panelists. The panel included executives from Macy’s, Sirius XM, Us Weekly, Ann Taylor, Chanel, NBC Universal, the Rachel Ray Show and more. We were asked a series of questions while on and off the panel. Here are three of my favorites.
What looks better on a resume – several different internships or sticking with one internship for a long time?
This honestly depends on the situation. Neither looks better than the other. If you find an internship you love, and stay for two semesters, that’s great. Stick with it. If you hop around and try different internships, for example, one in beauty and one in fashion, that’s perfectly acceptable as well. Interning for several different companies allows you to experience different facets of the industry and will help you determine what you’re most interested in.
How do I get a PR internship if I don’t have any experience?
One of the panelists said it best – everyone has experience doing something. It’s all about how you spin it on your resume. If you work at a restaurant you can say you waited tables, or you can say you serviced customers in a high-stress environment. Everything can be presented a way that fits into the career you’re trying to pursue.
Should I stay with my current internship in advertising or try my luck finding at finding a PR internship since I’m curious about the industry?
Definitely give a PR internship shot. Again, now is the time to get all of the experiences you’re interested in. It will make you more well-rounded once you graduate and will help you determine what career path you would like to pursue.
A big thank you to the Intern Queen, Lauren, and everyone that came to support us. And a big thank you to Ann Taylor for outfitting the panelists – including myself :)