My Internship Experience: Athena Coras
I interned at Marcomm Group, a marketing communications agency in Glen Cove. They assist in creating marketing and sale-building strategies for different businesses. Their main client is Canon U.S.A., Inc. My position at Marcomm Group was a ‘Public Relations Intern’. I was lucky enough to keep in close contact with teachers at Molloy as the summer began. I was told that my resume was sent to Marcomm Group, and a few days later a woman named Holly Kenny contacted me. We were able to schedule a phone interview, and I was offered the internship the following week.
On a daily basis I would receive assignments from Holly and was able to get a feel for what the Public Relations field is really like. I was asked to write pitch letters, new product descriptions, track media coverage, and create media profiles for important trade shows. I was also able to assist Holly in creating a Wrap Report for InfoComm 2015—an audiovisual trade show—that was forwarded to the client for their review. I believe I was very fortunate here at Marcomm Group. Holly was able to give me her personal feedback. She was kind enough to help me with my resume and help me begin my portfolio.
Throughout my internship she made sure I was doing work that would benefit me for my future. While interning I learned a lot; even little things like emailing and the appropriate language you should use as well as different features on Excel. And on to bigger things, I learned how crucial organization and proof reading is when you are sending out documents because when you are sending articles to print and online publications they just want to be able to print it and go. Being at my internship gave me an idea of how life will be like after college, working a 9-5 job, working with others and having deadlines and I believe that’s one of the most important things I have learned.
My advice to other students about to start an internship is don’t be nervous and ask questions! Walking into my internship on the first day was very nerve-racking. Just keep in mind that everyone has to do an internship and the chances that the people you will be working with had to do one are very high, so they know how you feel. The most important thing to do at your internship is to communicate! You are doing this internship to better yourself and to get a feel for the field you may want to go into. So ask questions, if you don’t understand something, ask someone. You want to make sure you get the most out of your internship experience.