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.


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.



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.


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.