BY: JULIE SOLOMON
This past summer I had the pleasure to be a Public Relations intern in a virtual setting with YOakleyPR. When applying to internships, do not shy away from virtual settings; there are many benefits and learning opportunities available without having to set foot in an office!
- Different perspectives
Because of the online aspect of a virtual internship, you get to work with individuals from all over the country and even internationally to provide diverse insight on projects.
- Time management
You are responsible to get things done on your own time. Because you do not report to an office at the typical 9am-5pm hours, it is your job to manage your time in order to meet deadlines efficiently. The flexibility is fantastic, although it is key to set a place and schedule a time in your day that you have designated for yourself to get down to work. These skills transfer greatly to schoolwork and future jobs.
- Communication skills
Since the internship is done completely through your computer, you learn to perfect the skill of communicating effectively. At YOakleyPR, I gained experience using a web-based project management and collaboration tool including several project threads and chat boards. Through these chat boards, I got to know my co-workers and fellow interns from across the world in order to keep the “water cooler chat” vibe present.
- Hands on experience
By being completely online, you do not miss out on great experiences and opportunities. By volunteering for several top-notch projects during weekly Google Hangout meetings, I had the chance to write public service announcements, media releases, and create media lists contacting many outlets on behalf of a client’s event.
- Resume booster
With such a unique experience, I have been able to speak about my virtual internship in several interview settings. Excelling in a virtual internship shows future employers that you can learn quickly and adapt easily to diverse environments and circumstances. I can say with confidence that I have learned an incredible amount and expanded my professional breadth exponentially through my virtual internship.
So, what are you waiting for? Apply for a virtual internship today!
Julie Solomon is a senior Communications major and Political Science minor at the University of Delaware. She is seeking an exciting career in Public Relations and/or Marketing. Julie can always be found binge watching The Office while laughing hysterically to herself.