As I near the end of my second semester interning in the Regan Communications Providence office, I can’t help but look back on the past seven months with pride at all of my accomplishments.
When searching for a public relations internship for my senior year of college, Regan was at the top of my list. Who wouldn’t want to do PR for Disney On Ice and Mohegan Sun? Coming into the office last fall I had no idea what I was getting myself into. After two semesters here, I’ve helped handle a Mickey Mouse photo-op and successfully pitched national media. It’s funny how when starting out in PR, a simple response to your pitch puts you on cloud nine and I will always remember the excitement of my first media hit.
My five incredible coworkers have become my PR role models. They showed me what it takes to be successful in the industry and made me realize the importance of not taking yourself too seriously. They have given me the best foundation I could ask for to continue my career in PR, and connected me with some of their former coworkers to help me network at other agencies.
I can honestly say I look forward to coming into our small satellite office every day, with no set agenda, and being thrown into whatever task my coworkers could use an extra hand with. Just a few weeks ago I came into work expecting to pitch men’s grooming blogs for our client Dr. Leonard, and instead headed to an event to photograph kids exploring a monster truck for Feld Entertainment’s Monster Jam show. Later that same day, I worked at a fundraiser for one of our non-profit clients at Gracie’s restaurant downtown, where I was able to sample delicious local food and beverages. With clients’ demands constantly changing and deadlines always lurking around the corner, I have no idea what each day at the office will entail. It’s the best part about working at an agency. I’m always on my toes, but I also feel prepared with a supportive team behind me.
Now in less than a month, my spring internship will come to a close. I will miss the view of quaint, downtown Providence from my intern office window. If there is one thing I’ve learned in PR, it’s the importance of valuing long-term relationships. I am still figuring out what agency I will be working for come next year, but regardless, I will keep in touch with my fellow Reganites.