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Four Reasons Why You Should Accept an Internship Extension

Photo by  @k.rickkks

Photo by @k.rickkks

I started as an intern at Curator in December and once winter quarter ended, I decided to stay another three months. As this is an unpaid internship, I had a lot of friends asking why I would stay when I could have an easy final quarter before I graduate. I simply explained I wanted the extra experience.

Well, now that my time is coming to an end, I can say I’m glad I stayed.

My advice to all the interns out there is this: if you’re given the opportunity to extend your internship, whether you’re paid or not, you should definitely accept. Here’s why:

You get three extra months of experience. For college students, most PR internships have a timeframe of three months, which seems like a while but, in reality, is barely enough time to get your toes wet. Toward the end, you finally start catching a rhythm and making fewer mistakes on tasks that actually take a lot of practice to perfect, although they may seem easy. In this field, you’re expected to pay excellent attention to detail, which can take a great deal of practice for some people.

You get to take on bigger tasks. If you’ve been offered an extension on your internship, this is your opportunity to do more and learn new things. You’ve proven your ability to get things done and complete basic research and media monitoring efficiently, as well as shown eagerness to take on additional projects. In the second half of my internship, I spent the majority of my time on different projects that I found I really enjoyed. The opportunity to expand my work really solidified PR is the field I want to pursue post-graduation.

You get to know the team better. And they get to know you. Three months is not a lot of time to get to know your colleagues. The people in the company where you intern are helpful for networking or finding jobs down the road. Between every day office chatter and collaborative work on various account teams, you get to know one another on an individual basis, allowing for a better understanding of each others work style and ethics. As an intern, you learn and grow a lot – they get to witness that and if you use them as a reference later on, they’ll probably speak to your improvement and personality. Plus, they’ll also continue to give you valuable advice.

You get a better feel for the bigger picture. As an intern, you’re usually doing smaller projects and you only get to see one piece of the pie. When you stay at an agency for a longer period of time, you get to see the outcome of the projects you worked on three months prior. You get to see so many initiatives unfold and witness all that goes into it. That gives you a better idea of the types of things you might do later in your career.

Interning is such a valuable experience in general and I can definitely say I’m leaving Curator a better student and young professional than I was when I walked in. I’ve had a great experience in the last six months at Curator and I’m so sad to go!

April showers bring May flowers…and new interns!

Hi there! My name is Nicole Braman and I am a junior at the University of Washington majoring in Communications and minoring in Entrepreneurship. I am so excited to be a part of the Curator team as an intern for spring quarter to continue developing my skills and gaining experience in public relations.

Having always been a passionate writer and storyteller, I gravitated to PR as I began thinking about future career paths. My parents always advised me to find something I love and figure out how to do it every day. For me, PR is the field that will allow me to do just that! I love the idea of bridging the space between companies and consumers in order to build stronger connections and generate engaged, loyal consumer bases.

I first got a taste of PR as a publicity intern with the Los Angeles-based artist development firm, Planetary Group, where I contributed to the PR campaigns of a variety of musicians from multiple genres. From there, I was hooked. I became involved in just about any PR-related opportunity I could get my hands on through on-campus organizations as well as a corporate & donor relations internship with Make-A-Wish. Each of these experiences fueled my passion for PR and have luckily led me here to Curator!

As a Southern California native, I chose a college in Seattle to explore outside of the sun-filled bubble I call home. While many find me insane for making this move, I swear it doesn’t rain as much as people say. I likely appreciate the sunny days a little more than the average Seattleite though! I love being outside and experiencing new places, so naturally my favorite thing in the world is traveling. Next on my list of places to visit is Europe, so don’t be surprised if you find me planning and daydreaming about my adventures abroad! 

How My Internship Was Much More Than “Just Getting Coffee”

How My Internship Was Much More Than “Just Getting Coffee”

When I arrived in the office on the first day of my internship with Curator, I was ready to embrace the industry I was passionate about, but I also felt nervous. About to begin my junior year at the University of Washington, I had reached the point in my collegiate career where things tend to get a bit more “serious.”