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Our third post in the life of a  Sparkpr intern! Here’s Rachel’s story about going big or going home… Last week, I had a crash course in my PR internship.  What’s the saying: sink or swim? I swam. Fast! Tuesday: Today’s the big day! My client will be announcing a major partnership/promotion! It’s really exciting but, there is a lot to do beforehand. Line up the release on the newswire. Develop a media list. Gather emails. Divvy up the targets. Then the fun begins! And no, I didn’t do that all alone.  So, what’s my goal? Send out pitches to over 100 media contacts (that’s just my share). Hope some of them will bite, and in-turn want to schedule a meeting with an executive and/or write an article about the promotion. So it goes like this: send email, get email, send email, get email, email bounce back (uh-oh, note: update [...]

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You’ve seen them. You might even BE one. Just don’t let me know that. Mr. Indecisive This guy weaves from lane to lane like Barry Sanders, using vans full of children as lead blockers and wedging through cracks in the metal glacier. If he’s gracious enough to use a signal, you know it’s going to be the one-and-done – so try not to blink as he positions his vehicle eight inches in front of your headlights. For his intense maneuvering, Mr. Indecisive is rewarded by making it to work 4 minutes earlier than you and burning three times more gas. Emotional Girl You can’t see her eyes from behind those obnoxious sunglasses, but the spasmic head movements, upraised hands and runny mascara tell you exactly what’s going on. Emotional Girl just broke up with her boyfriend for the fourth time this month – and she is not “totally over it,” [...]

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Wednesday. Hump day. No, like “over the hump.” Weird Al Yankovic has apparently hit the inevitable “children’s book” phase of celebrity. But it’s a children’s book about careers, so we’re actually kinda intrigued. Thinking about saving money? Not on car insurance — we mean like long-term investments. Here’s an excellent primer on how to start planning your financial future. Comedienne Kathy Griffin is Gawker’s newest celebrity intern, and they haven’t figured out what to do with her yet. Have any ideas? Follow this link and set her agenda. Does a higher aptitude for group work mean women are the key to a more efficient workforce? Check out this recent study published on Pretty Young Professional.

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As you can see from the pic below, Brendan Chan’s internship with The Bobby Bones Show looks…different.  And awesome.  Tune in to the Bobby Bones Show weekdays from 6am to 10am on 96.7 KISS FM–you’ll thank us. My radio internship at The Bobby Bones Show is an experience unlike any I’ve ever had. My day starts around 4:00 AM and after hitting the snooze button a couple times, I take a shower and head to the radio station. Interns are expected to be at the station at 5:00 AM to handle content for the website, occasionally get breakfast, and prepare various sound clips for that day’s show. We support the amazing producer for the show, Alayna, as much as we can because she has so much to do every single day. Bobby, Lunchbox, Amy, Carlos, and Alayna put on a unique show every single day and it is so much fun [...]

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The thank you note

March 8, 2011

If this internship is something you really want – write a thank you note after the interview. An email is fine. It’s also average. I’m talking an old-school, hand written thank you. Some people don’t like snail mail. I love it. You know why? Because the only envelopes I get in the mail now are bills and credit card offers. But whyy? It’s amazing how many people DON’T write thank-you notes after interviews. It’s one of those things… it’s like flossing. You know you should and need to do it, and it really isn’t difficult, and it takes hardly any time to do it, but it’s such a chore and does it really even matter? Well, for one, if they are interviewing a ton of people this is one more way for an employer to remember you by. And maybe there is something (keep it to ONE thing) that you [...]

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Cameron Smead (@cameronsmead) is a 22-year old journalism and media studies major at San Diego State University who interns for Elle Communications (@ellecomm). My day as an Elle Communications public relations intern began at 7:15 a.m. when my alarm started screaming Taylor Swift. After punching snooze a couple times and deciding that an extra 20 minutes of sleep was well worth not straightening my hair, I jumped in the shower. Elle does not have a dress code. We are free to dress up or down as we please, but this didn’t stop me from mentally trying on outfits all throughout my showering time. Today I decided on black True Religion jeans, a brown sweater and black peep toe pumps (I packed a pair of flats, too, just in case I needed to run to my car that I left illegally parked on the streets of downtown San Diego — yes, [...]

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With spring break right around the corner, the semester nearly halfway over, and summer getting closer every day, it’s that time of the year where friends, family, and cousins are starting to ask that million-dollar question: “What are your summer plans?” If you’re like me, you’ve probably submitted a couple of applications, heard back from a few employers and are still waiting on the rest. No matter where you are in your internship search, we’re all just waiting to figure out the optimal way to spend our precious summer. For me, if all goes well and I graduate on time, this will probably be my last ‘official’ summer. I’ve got a couple options for the summer internship, but the likelihood of me staying in Austin this summer is pretty high. When I applied to be in the broadcast journalism sequence, I basically signed away the next three semesters of my [...]

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Sorry the Charlie Sheen internship made us slack on the blog posts yesterday! Next time we’ll #planbetter. There have been so many great submissions already, but the real ones are limited to 70 characters. Salon.com took the liberty of writing a long-form cover letter for Charlie Sheen’s social media internship, and we’re in love. Branigan Communications posts a short list of tips for working toward a full-time job, and it starts with internships. Remember yesterday’s good news about unemployment figures? It turns out the news is not as good for young job-seekers. Shameless self-promotion: I had a ton of fun doing a photo guest post for our raunchier friends at The Campus Socialite yesterday. The topic? Nine Kanye West tweets I wish I could utter at a job interview. [Warning: Potentially NSFW]

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Never been here before? Here’s a quick primer on the basic student features of Internships.com and how to get your internship search on a roll. Oh yeah … and there’s a blooper reel.

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Darius Bradley (@DatManager on Twitter) is a student at New York City’s Institute of Audio Research. Today he talks to us about his internship at Warner Bros. Records. A general day at Warner Bros. Records is vast, and commands a lot of common sense. Getting to the office in New York City in the heart of where business takes place, I come in three days a week at 10:30 a.m. — and I waste no time. I have to gather information from radio stations around the country about songs we’re pushing for our current artists. I send out CD’s, posters and prizes to regional directors. My position also deals with scanning important documents, introducing myself to other interns around the building and e-mailing constantly to let people know when I’m busy and not at my desk. Some days, projects do get handed to me to come up with ideas for [...]

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