Last month, San Francisco intern Mich Wells gave us the hilariously informative Intern 101, offering fantastic advice for all the future SHIFT interns out there. Yes, internships are a great way to gain experience and get your foot in the door but what about getting a more permanent seat at a desk?
That brings us to why we’re here. This is for all the interns out there who are going the distance and vying for the coveted Account Coordinator role. I spoke with some of my fellow former interns to find out how their internship experience impacted their decision to stay in PR and talk about what they learned from their transition from intern to account coordinator.
What about your internship experience here at SHIFT made you want to stay in PR?
“I felt like I was part of the team. Prior to joining SHIFT I had done two internships elsewhere and although I learned a lot, I never learned as much as I did at SHIFT. I was invited into client calls, team meetings, basically anything to help me see the bigger picture of PR.”
– Justine Routhier, Account Executive
What was the most important piece of advice you took away from being an intern that helped you get to where you are?
“Do everything you can to prove that you want to be there. You won’t get anywhere great without taking that extra step. This doesn’t just apply to your work. Get involved and get to know your co-workers. Having more people know your personality can only help you when it comes time to interview, especially here at SHIFT where the culture is so important to everyone.”
– Kristina Scuoteguazza, Account Coordinator
What is the most important thing you’ve learned since your intern days?
“Openly communicate with your manager and your team members. They’re there to help and that way nothing gets lost. If you need help, ask for it. If you’re stuck on a project, ask. You can’t learn from your team without asking questions.”
– Amanda Grinavich, Account Executive
What was the biggest challenge you encountered during your transition from intern to account coordinator?
“Honestly, I can’t think of a HUGE challenge I encountered. For me, the biggest change was being held completely accountable for my projects and realizing how important the smallest details are. But I could not have been set up better to excel as an AC after interning at SHIFT for 6 months. Great mentors along the way made the transition pretty smooth.
– Lily Albin, Account Coordinator
It sure seems like we are big on tooting our own horns around here. But how could we not? When I asked everyone what made them want to stay at SHIFT, the answer was unanimous: The people and the culture. Still, a lot of the advice above applies not just to interns here at SHIFT, but to all interns looking to take the next step. So much of it goes back to Mich’s two pieces of advice; be communicative and be proactive. If you don’t speak up and go the extra mile, how will anyone see your passion for PR?
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