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5 things to know before you start your internship

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Our intern Cara shares her tips on transitioning to intern life in a PR agency.


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5 things to know before you start your internship

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The second in our three part series on interning, Bastion Effect intern Cara Gates shares her tips and advice for finding and landing your dream internship!  Cara is currently in her fourth year of a double degree in Business (Marketing) and Arts (Communication and Media Studies) at Monash University. Take it away, Cara!

As an intern, you hit the ground running, so here are some tips to make your transition a little easier:

  1. You will be a little fish in a big sea, but don’t worry the sea is more like the bay and everyone was once a little fish.
  2. Although you may feel like a nuisance, everyone is thankful you’re here. An extra set of hands is an asset and no one can take that away from you.
  3. Be prepared to take on any task. Yes, that might include mundane data entry but it will enable you to familiarise yourself with the media and build your confidence in a workplace environment. Plus, that data entry is often an important part of an account – if you weren’t doing it, someone else would be!
  4. If you don’t know, then ask. This one might seem simple, but you’d be surprised. Your colleagues would much prefer you ask them a million questions than complete a task incorrectly.
  5. Once you are given a task you are left to work independently. It is always good to follow through until the end, completely it 100 per cent of the way and let people know when you’re done. 

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