By Courtney Cardenas
In early April, as I shuffled my way out of Union Station for my first day at Motion PR I was excited to gain experience in the industry; yet I had no idea what to expect. My time here at MPR has been a great learning experience on many levels and I not only learned a great deal about the PR industry, but a lot about myself.
From the first day I was given a variety of assignments that offered me a small taste of what it’s like to be a PR professional. As I continued to gain experience I was given more and more responsibility with my assignments, further fine tuning my communication skills. From the basics of media monitoring, media lists, blogging and research, I gained a well-rounded experience that is sure to serve me well as my career path takes a turn to the next opportunity. The tasks seemed overwhelming at times, but I’m appreciative of the opportunity, experience and guidance the MPR team gave me. Everyone here has been so nice and welcoming, all the while pushing me to do better and improve myself.
I’ve come along way from the quiet, shy girl who walked through the MPR doors two months ago. I’ve learned to step outside my comfort zone and become more confident in my thoughts and work. My advice for future interns is to never fear asking questions, there is no such thing as a stupid question; learning is what an internship is all about and having a natural thirst for knowledge will serve you very well in this industry.
Although my time here was short, I ‘m proud of what I accomplished, from writing a media alert for Komen Chicago to helping our AAE, Alex, keep the MPR blog up-to-date. I look forward to taking what I have learned about the PR industry from MPR and applying it to my future career. My first stop after MPR? Beijing, China for an unforgettable cultural experience.
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