This summer, I’m looking for something exciting. I’ve worked at a local family-owned ice cream shop/dairy farm for the past five years. While I enjoyed working there, it’s time for me to move on and find an opportunity that is more relative to my career plans, and that might help me get my foot in the door for a PR or marketing job after college. Thus began the epic internship search.
There are plenty of companies in my area at home that offer internships: Bentley Systems, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and several other such organizations. My dad works for Pfizer, too, so I looked into their Summer Worker Program for college students. The SWP website listed opportunities in Compliance, Marketing and General Business, the Philly Orchestra offered a PR Internship, and Bentley had a Marketing/PR position. After lots of research, phone calls, and emails, I submitted my resumes and cover letters and hoped for the best.
After a couple of weeks, I had not heard back from Bentley or the Philly Orchestra. Dad asked around at Pfizer to see if anyone knew of other intern openings, but had no success. Later I heard that the internships had been canceled because they weren’t needed as much as originally anticipated. With those options out, I went into hyper-drive and looked for any more possibilities. There’s a DuPont office in my area…I wonder if they’ve got anything? A trip to their website found an awesome-sounding PR co-op, but it was six months long…and I can’t afford to take a semester off from school right now, if ever. Scratch that. How about Astra-Zeneca? Nothing at all. Next!
I still hadn’t heard from Bentley or the Philly Orchestra, and was growing restless, impatient, and anxious. What if I didn’t hear back from anyone? I would have to go back to scooping ice cream, and I wasn’t too keen on that idea…I really needed a different job.
Back to the job search…
Mom asked some of her friends who were more familiar with any more companies in the area. A friend from her tennis clinics suggested the regional USTA Middle States office. I’ve always loved tennis; I played in high school, and I’ve watched every Grand Slam since the Martina Hingis years. The thought of combining one of my favourite sports with PR work and experience was quite appealing. I found the application information and submitted all the required materials, and waited for some form of a response.
The more I thought about it, the more I wanted this internship. From the descriptions I read online, it sounded like my cup of tea: preparing media packages, working events, instilling interest in tennis around the community, promoting tennis as a life-long sport and activity…perfect! Right up my alley! A couple weeks later, I had a phone interview, and then an in-person interview when I was back home for spring break. I was confident that both went well, and hopeful that I would be working as a USTA public relations intern over the summer.
The good news came once I was back at VT after break: I got the internship! Happiness abounds! Woohoo! I am so excited to start in late May, and I’m looking forward to working with some pretty fantastic people. I think one of our events is the U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament. WOW! We’ll also appear at smaller events such as World Team Tennis, and we’re also looking into going to minor-league baseball games to promote USTA and its mission and goals.
YAY! It’s going to be a great summer. I’ll keep everyone posted when it starts, and share some of my experiences here on this blog. Who knows, maybe my experiences will inspire a reader to give PR (or tennis) a try!
Good luck to any of my readers searching for a job or internship! It’s tough, but don’t give up! Good things come to those who wait. 🙂
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