November 15, 2019
Reflecting on Intern Pursuit
By Aspen Arias
Landing an internship in your desired field is like taking your future profession on an in-depth test drive for an entire semester. Most majors within the Nicholson School of Communication and Media (NSC) require at least one internship to graduate – the majors that don’t require it always encourage it. And that’s where Intern Pursuit comes in.
Intern Pursuit is the bi-annual internship fair, hosted by Quotes the PR Club at UCF, and is open to all majors. Our most recent event on October 22 boasted more than 60 employers and had a record-breaking attendance of over 220 eager students. Our attendees were comprised not only of advertising and public relations, communication and journalism majors, but also of students with a focus in graphic design, film and marketing.
The event setup and planning were executed without a hitch. The directory boards at the front of the room displayed the employers in attendance, while specifying the type of organization they identified as (agencies, corporations, government, nonprofits and media companies).
This event is instrumental in bridging the seemingly intimidating gap between potential internship employers and students. I myself have locked down all four of my internships within the walls of the Pegasus Ballroom thanks to Intern Pursuit and now, as the director of events for Quotes, feel extremely grateful to spearhead this purposeful event and watch it continue to grow as a resource for others. We are working towards building upon our successes for next semester’s Intern Pursuit on March 26, 2020.
Remember: it is never too early to register as an employer or secure your spot as a featured internship sponsor by reaching out to email@example.com.
November 14, 2019
Megan Paquin, APR, CPRC
On more than one occasion this month, I’ve been reminded the role of “public relations executive” ranks among some of the world’s most stressful careers. That’s no surprise when the Carnegie Institute of Technology reports that 85% of an individual’s financial success (and, arguably organizational success) is dependent upon your communication skills. I’ll thank this month’s professional development speaker, leadership coach Daniel Pennington, for that statistic. But, more importantly, I want to thank all of YOU for creating a network of professionals who truly support each other in spite of the stressors we all face.
In a world that has become increasingly competitive, it is refreshing whenever I meet with FPRA members to hear about those who collaborate together on projects, help each other land their dream jobs and volunteer their time to advance the profession. At this time of the year, we have accredited members who mentor candidates for Accreditation in Public Relations. Members who have won Image Awards encourage novice entrants to consider submitting entries for their outstanding work. Committee volunteers meet with new members to introduce them to all of the benefits of FPRA membership. And, on and on it goes.
So, when things become stressful as we ease into the holiday season and all the wonderful end-of-the-year activities that come with it, I want to remind everyone to lean on your FPRA Orlando family. Let’s continue to model our own unique brand of collaborative professionalism. How can FPRA Orlando help you? Join our FPRA Orlando Community on Facebook to connect with each other in between events, and don’t forget to check out all of the professional development resources we offer statewide at http://www.fpra.org.