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Early Work Paid Off for Getting My Summer Internship

July 11, 2011

Ashley Funderburk (@amfunderburk1 on Twitter) is a board member of the PRSSA chapter at Western Carolina University, where she is majoring in public relations and minoring in hospitality and tourism.

Public relations major, Western Carolina UniversityBy Ashley Funderburk

When I first started to look for a summer internship, I had several PR firms already in mind. For the past few years I have planned to move to Atlanta when I graduate college, so I have networked like crazy in Atlanta.

Back in November 2010, I sat down while on Thanksgiving break from school and created a list of everywhere I wanted to apply for internships. From there, I started researching each company or firm to see which internships would be better fits for me to apply to. Considering I live in North Carolina, not Georgia, I decided it would be smart to have a place or two in mind for N.C. as well, so I did a second list after my first initial list.

The internship I ended ¬†up with was a N.C. one, and it worked out great because I had to take a summer class and my part-time job happens to be in North Carolina (close to where I intern). I discovered the internship through a friend who was a marketing major. She thought it would be the perfect internship for me, considering it was a PR/social media internship. I created my cover letter, and of course revised my resume, and sent it via email to the owner of the business. Within a week — maybe two — I landed the internship.

“I landed the position back in April, but my first day was not until June 1.”

Almost everything was settled via email for my internship. I landed the position back in April, but my first day was not until June 1. I checked in with my boss every week until my internship started.

While not all internships come along like this one did for me, take my advice when I say you can never start looking too early. The sooner you start to look for an internship, the better. You never know what barriers you may come across, and if you really have your heart set on a specific location or internship you better make sure you get your cover letter and resume sent in as soon as possible. You do not want to lose your chance of landing the internship!

Want to see what Ashley’s been working on? Check out her portfolio site here.

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D July 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

Good advice!
What did you contact your boss about between April and June? I hadn't heard about that and was wondering how you went about it.


Kristy September 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm

If you wrote an article about life we'd all reach enlightnmeent.


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