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Sparkpr: The upside of remaining an intern

June 2, 2011

SPARKkaty1 Sparkpr: The upside of remaining an intern

In our weekly post from the interns at San Francisco PR agency Sparkpr, Katy Meacham talks about interning for the past three years and taking on more responsibilities in her new role.

By Katy Meacham

I graduated from college in 2008, at the peak of the recession, and since then it’s become fairly clear to me that the concept of an internship can take on many forms.

While many friends are working their way up corporate ladders and have actual titles: account manager, marketing associate, etc., I have remained at intern level for a few years now, and think it’s a great way to get solid experience and figure out what works for you. While I don’t have the title or job security, I know I’m not rushing into anything that I may regret years later.

“I have remained at intern level for a few years now, and think it’s a great way to get solid experience and figure out what works for you.”

Now as an intern at Sparkpr, my role feels more entry-level than internship.  I make the distinction because of my schedule, responsibilities and well, the perk of actually getting paid for your work.

SPARKcouches Sparkpr: The upside of remaining an intern

A view inside Sparkpr's San Francisco office, where Katy Meacham currently interns.

One thing I have enjoyed this past month is feeling like my work matters and I am contributing to the team, creating media lists and briefing sheets that are actually being implemented and used. I already have a much larger grasp on the PR world and what strategic methods are necessary to help your client get out there and get the exposure they need.

I also am brand new to the tech world, and feel like I am coming away with a whole new vocabulary. In my mind, an internship is about learning and developing your sense of where you fit in terms of your career and in the world as whole. So bring on the work load, I’m ready to soak it in!

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Jaye June 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

This is great advice!! And while you are interning, and logging the hours spent in each field, you can apply for a project management certificate, or degree, and take everything you have learned on each internship position to your future of project management with expertise knowledge on several areas of business. I'm searching for companies to show my leadership and management skills now. This is my future plan. Good Luck to you!

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