Summer hols or summer in an agency? The decision to me was easy

by PR Interns

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Keen and Eager: How I fared during my first week of a PR internship

Sarah Hume PR internship Edinburgh Holyrood PR

By Sarah Hume

AFTER completing my second year at University studying Public Relations and Communications, you’d think I’d want a break, some time to switch off, before it kicks off again in September.

Some might say I am far too keen, but I couldn’t help myself – I had to get stuck into something new.

I wanted first-hand experience in the PR industry (to see what all the excitement was about) – and the only way I could do that while still a student is in the holidays.

And… safe to say the lecturers at University were right about the excitement and pace to agency life.

I was ecstatic when Holyrood PR got back to me so quickly about getting the internship. When entering the office for the first day on Monday morning, I definitely had butterflies in my stomach. Usually, for interviews and new jobs I am quite confident going into whatever it may be but for some reason I was feeling rather nervous.

I had looked over the website more than 100 times and poured over the client-list, just in case something was sprung on me out of nowhere. I wanted to look prepared and at least a little intelligent!

I say this now and I will probably say this again in my final intern post, I have never felt so comfortable around a set of strangers I had only known for a few days. The team were enormously welcoming and the relaxed office environment definitely helped me settle in.

Straight away I was emailed tasks to do and offered a biscuit (or two). The first few tasks I was given to do were to write up two features for Gilson Gray Property. Alongside the world of PR, I am particularly interested in the property industry so when I was given this task to do I was more than impressed.

I also went on to complete two blogs for the St. Andrews Walled Gardens development, writing about the best bars and the beautiful beaches.

I thoroughly enjoyed each task, as I was able to get on with them quite easily rather than be given something impossible to do during my first week as an intern. If I had any questions Alie, Mel, Stuart, Chris and the rest of the team were more than happy to help.

I carried on with more exciting tasks to do such as learning the ins and outs of photoshop and getting the knack for the inner-workings of a WordPress website. I can honestly say I have not had one sticky situation yet, even completing so many tasks in the space of five days. This is definitely down to the whole team.

I am very thankful and extremely excited to continue my journey with the company and learn more about what Holyrood PR has to offer.

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