Hi Lindsey ,
I’m in a pickle and need some PR advice. I recently graduated in May and have yet to find a career in PR. I held two internships during my time at school, one which was in marketing and one which was in PR. Now that I have graduated and have no job in PR, I am currently working at a gym. My question to you is do you think that I should apply to internships to get
more experience since I’m not hearing back from jobs? One of my teachers told me that graduates should never apply to internships, but I am trying to do whatever will help me get a career.
I know it seems like the process is taking forever and it’s really discouraging not hearing back but really don’t give up. A little different but when I was applying for an internship, I literally applied to 115 one summer and heard back from 10 so know that a ton of people are in your boat.
However, I’m really impressed that you took a job you could get in the mean time to keep life moving! With that being said, are there any skills that you could put on your resume that you are learning for that job and if not, are there ways to ask your manager about taking on new responsibilities that would help build up your resume?
You also are doing totally fine with two internships. Have you kept in touch with the connections you made there and are they local? If they are, you can always politely reach back out to catch up and grab coffee!
I want to agree with your teacher on graduates should never apply to internships but the way the world works makes that not always the case. I can list a ton of companies that have post-grad interns. If you find a company and you want to get your foot in the door, see if they take post-grad interns and get the ball rolling.
Otherwise, I would take the step of reaching out to companies you are interested by finding someone who works there on LinkedIn or just cold calling. Making connections will always help because if they can’t help you, they might know someone who can!
Best of luck! x