Wednesday, July 24, 2019

PR Intern Diaries: Jonathan's Farewell


The time has come for Lynette Nicole PR to say goodbye to its summer intern for this year! Here is Jonathan's last blog post.

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As my time as an intern ends, I have spent some time reflecting on this summer. I have been challenged, enlightened, and I have learned many lessons. Some days were harder than others, but in the end, those days helped me grow the most. I am extraordinarily grateful for this opportunity I have been given.

This summer, I wanted to learn exactly what I want to do with my degree in PR. What I ended up learning, however, is that there are so many paths I can take. It will take longer than just a summer for me to find my fit, but I’m okay with that. I have learned that I have skills that need some practice and that learning doesn’t happen overnight. This is just one large process that will lead me somewhere exciting and somewhere where I can thrive.

This internship came with its highs and its lows- just as anything does. My favorite part of the internship might sound cliché, but it was that I got to see how things I learn in a classroom are applied to real world scenarios. I also got to learn about things I had never heard of in the classroom. For example, I got to learn about pitches and how important research is to those pitches. This is something that hasn’t been heavily hit on in school just quite yet. I also enjoyed the health perks, like doing yoga and Pilates for the first time!

My least favorite parts of the internship dealt mostly with being away from home for the first time. Coming here from rural West TN proved to be more of a challenge than I had expected it to be. I dealt with homesickness, anxiety, and the whole aspect of everything being completely new. Some moments were lonely, but some moments were extraordinary.

As I prepare to leave, there are two pieces of advice I would give to future interns. The first is to take it one day at a time. Focus on what you need to accomplish and want to accomplish for that day. Remember that you are here to learn and grow. The second piece of advice I would give is to stop and smell the roses. You may feel overwhelmed or anxious at times, but don’t forget to realize how far you have come and to be in the moment. Take a minute to breathe and enjoy your time, because it will be gone in a flash.

This summer has helped me grow as a person and a future PR practitioner (or whatever path I choose to take). I am forever thankful for this experience and I can’t wait to share with others what I learned.

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XO,
Lynette  

Friday, July 12, 2019

PR Intern Diaries: Jonathan



Yes, I owe a training update. Spoiler: it's been just OK. I'm at about 3 miles behind my total mileage but after Saturday's long run of 13 miles, I should be back on track! I'm excited to see what this training will look like in the fall and I'm really hoping I can get to the pace I want and be able to hold it. Big goals! 

In the meantime, Lynette Nicole PR's intern, Jonathan, is going to talk to you abut his first experience working from home.

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As an intern, I find myself having to work from home on occasion. It is on these days that the way I approach work changes a lot. I find it essential to follow my own set of rules to be able to work efficiently from home.

The first thing I do is wake up at the same time I would if it were a day that I was commuting to the office. This starts my day off in the correct frame of mind for doing work. Following the same routine gets my brain going and helps with starting the day off right.

When I actually start my work, I make sure I am sitting at my desk- not on a couch or on my bed, but at my desk. This helps me to stay focused and to not get “too comfortable.” I am also able to spread out my supplies, such as my laptop, notebook, and calendar. Everything is easily accessible which makes working easier.

It’s easier for me to forget to stand up and step away from my desk when I am at home vs at the office. I have to constantly remind myself every hour to stand up and move around. Just because I am in the comfort of home doesn’t mean I need to neglect movement. Moving around also helps to refresh my mind and re-focus on what I am doing.

The one thing that helps me the most while working at home is to get rid of all distractions. This even includes things like the trash that needs to be taken out or dishes that have to be washed. I make sure these chores are completed before my workday begins so that I can put total focus into what I am doing. It’s easier to work in an organized and clean environment. It puts my mind at ease!

These four rules help me to work efficiently and productively when I find myself working from home. If I didn’t follow them, it would be much harder to focus and learn, which is the whole point of an internship.
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XO,
Lynette

Friday, June 28, 2019

PR Intern Diaries: Jonathan


Another training week almost done, another recap missed. I promise I will work on a 3-week recap this Sunday.

Until then, I leave you with the latest from Lynette Nicole PR intern Jonathan. 

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They say time flies when you are having fun! I can’t believe it has already been a month. I have learned so much and I’m so excited to apply what I’ve learned throughout the rest of my time in school. I’m also figuring out what I like and don’t like about PR and my internship.

I’ve obviously learned a lot, but three things have stuck out to me the most. The first is that detail is everything. I have learned that whatever I do needs to be triple checked and then checked again. Everything has to be clean and professional. This is why I am learning to check my work until I am confident I have it perfect, and then, of course, check it again.

Second, I have learned that being creative is a huge part of PR. Whether it’s creating a pitch or looking at a press clipping from an aesthetic point of view, creativity is integrated with almost everything I do. This is where the fun comes in. Being able to think of new ideas or ways of doing things exercises my creativity!

The third thing I have learned is that no two days look exactly alike. Every day is different and brings with it its own challenges and chances to learn something new. Working in an environment where things are constantly changing definitely keeps me on my toes.

Through all of this learning, I have had to complete several tasks. Some I like, and some I don’t like. My favorite task would have to be doing press clippings. I like this because I love seeing how our clients are used in stories, seeing what is said about them, and even seeing what our clients have to say about various topics. I also get to be creative when I piece together the clipping. My least favorite task would probably be simply making lists. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it can become tedious.

I’ve learned so much already, but I hope to learn more about how to become an effective writer throughout the rest of the summer. Since it is the core of everything we do in PR, I need to be confident in my writing skills. Here’s to the next month of learning!
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Have a great weekend!

XO,
Lynette 

Friday, June 21, 2019

PR Intern Diaries: Survival Kit


Happy Friday! I realized today I missed my training post from week one so on Monday there will be a double. So far so good! I'm getting excited to add some more mileage and add some more speed intervals. I've started going to hill workouts again on Monday mornings so fingers crossed! 

Lynette Nicole PR intern Jonathan Kirkland is back with his intern survival guide! 

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As a PR intern, I have already learned what “tools” are most important in helping me succeed this summer. As I come to the end of week 3, I have compiled a “survival kit” made up of 5 things I can’t live without as an intern.

1) Laptop. My laptop is my life right now. Everything for work, school, and my personal life are on this laptop (the personal docs back up, of course). Even though the internet and computers have been around as long as I have been alive, my internship has caused me to be more amazed at what technology can do. My laptop is definitely the most important tool I have that helps me survive as an intern.

2) Planner/Notebook. Being organized is a part of who I am. I schedule everything, even when I am going to do laundry. I like taking notes and making lists. Being able to physically cross something off a list gives me a sense of accomplishment, and taking notes helps me to remember all of the cool things I am learning about PR. Without my planner and notebook, I’d be completely lost- at my internship and in my personal life.

3) AP Style-book. The AP Style-book is something every public relations student and practitioner should have on them. This book is a lifesaver at times, especially when it comes to writing (and as we all know, writing is the core of public relations). It’s helpful not only at my internship but in my everyday student life at school.

4) MTA Subway Card. It’s no surprise that living in Manhattan is just a bit more difficult than living in rural west Tennessee (this is something I am still trying to get used to). My MTA subway card has taken a lot of the burden of traveling around the city away, especially when it comes to getting to work. I live downtown, but my internship is in midtown. It may seem like a no-brainer to have one, but without it, I would literally not be able to get to my internship (in a timely manner, that is).

5) Water Bottle. Wherever I go, my water bottle goes. About a year and a half ago, I became crazy about water. I can even taste the difference between different kinds of water. I have to have water with me wherever I am, and I especially need it when I am working. Not only do I just love water, but it’s good to keep your brain and body hydrated while at work!

These five tools may seem obvious or out of the ordinary, but they are what helps me to survive this season of my life as an intern. There’s no doubt about it. My “survival kit” is necessary for my success

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XO,
Lynette