CAREERS: My Big Break

My internship clock was ticking. I was enrolled at one of the country's leading journalism schools, but had no experience under my belt.

My internship clock was ticking. I was enrolled at one of the country's leading journalism schools, but had no experience under my belt.

When I finally applied for an internship, I expressed my desire to work in the creative department. I got a job, but found out that the agency already filled all the creative positions, and there was no room for me.

So they placed me in the PR department and I did plenty of faxing, copying, and filing. Hey, forget my degree in journalism... they were training me to be a masterful administrative engineer. I felt disappointed because the position did not fulfill my need to be creative.

Not long after that, an account executive explained the nature of a PR pro's job to me. After she finished, I returned to my cubicle. When I sat down, a light bulb popped into my head, the heavens departed, and the angels sang "Hallelujah!

I experienced an epiphany. Everything she went through with me encompassed all the facets of journalism that I was interested in utilizing. Since then, I have remained in the PR industry and have not regretted one second of it. Thank heavens for internships.

Christal Johnson is an account executive at Power PR & Advertising in Frisco, TX.

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