My Internship Experience: Shannon O’Connor

Shannon O.This summer I interned at Corbett Public Relations, one of Long Island’s leading public relations firms located in Floral Park.  Coming into this internship I was nervous being that I wasn’t sure public relations was the route I wanted to go, but I am happy to say that as the summer comes to an end I have developed a greater interest in the field and have learned a lot about how a professional public relations firm works.

Throughout the course of my internship I had the opportunity to work on several projects and attend events that the firm was involved with.  The majority of my tasks revolved around writing articles for a series of newsletters the firm was putting out, and I was also very involved with updating and maintaining their social media accounts.  One event that Corbett Public Relations is involved with is the Fight for Charity, a fundraiser where business professionals train year round to box each other as a way to raise money for Long Island charities.  Throughout the summer I had the opportunity to do a lot of research for this event and I had the chance to write several of the profile pieces about the boxers that were published in each newsletter.

In addition to working in the office I had the chance to attend two business meetings and one TV taping.  Both business meetings were a great learning experience for me and sitting in the control room at the TV taping was one of my favorite days because it introduced me to another aspect of communications that I am very interested in.  After completing this internship I feel that I have definitely learned a lot about public relations and I feel that I have especially improved my writing skills and my ability to network.  Overall my internship at Corbett Public Relations was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking to enter the field of PR in the future.  One of the best parts about this internship was that members of the firm treated me like I was a paid employee and allowed me to really be involved in their work.

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