5 reasons you should gain PR experience while studying

As someone who is currently undertaking their master’s degree in digital communications, I feel it’s vital to gain hands-on experience within the PR industry.  Here are my five main reasons for undertaking a PR internship at CommsCo, and why I think other students should consider it too:
  • Real-world application
A PR internship offers you the opportunity to take the knowledge you learn within a lecture hall or seminar room, and apply this to the world of PR. The knowledge you gain in class will give you a head-start in the business, but it’s only through getting hands on work experience will you significantly improve your PR skills.  Learning about pitching to journalists is no doubt a lot different than pressing the send button! You can also impress your lecturers and classmates with the practical examples you can provide to theories when you go to university. A win win. 
  • Flexibility around your studies
Undertaking an internship alongside your studies allows you to fit in employment around your academic commitments. Unlike a full-time role, it won’t compromise your learning but will, in fact, accelerate it, adding it to your existing knowledge. It also helps you to keep that healthy work-life balance intact!
  • Business-understanding skills
Whether it is your first ‘proper’ job or the latest on your CV, a PR internship offers invaluable insight into the world of business and public relations. A PR internship will educate you on best-practice for delivering exceptional client service and meeting their needs, whilst personally enhancing your business-understanding skills.  Gaining confidence in a professional environment is crucial for any student, no matter what career path you choose to go down. There’s only so much you can learn from lectures on Zoom!
  • If you make a good impression, they may want to keep you!
Not only are you enhancing your personal skill set, but you could also be securing your future role! A successful internship can certainly lead to full-time employment and progression within the company, why go anywhere else? In fact, at CommsCo, a few of our current employees started as interns.
  • Helping with the student budget
Finally, all students know the struggle of getting by on a limited student budget. The right PR internship can help, allowing you to earn a wage whilst still attending university. Interested in knowing more about how you can gain PR experience alongside your studies? Drop us an email at hello@thecommsco.com!