Should a grad with no full-time job this spring take a summer internship that could lead to one?

While all internships differ, PR firms are increasingly offering competitive, productive work experiences that really allow interns to learn about the industry.

While all internships differ, PR firms are increasingly offering competitive, productive work experiences that really allow interns to learn about the industry.

Many internships afford opportunities to do top-tier client work, media pitching, and writing. Most important, they provide valuable on-the-job experience, which can help supply an edge when a full-time post becomes available. Internships are also a great time for students to test the waters at an agency to make sure PR is a career they want to pursue.

Agency internships often allow students to work in different practice areas, which can help them to narrow their interests before committing to a full-time job. Taking internships at firms of different sizes can also aid new workers' decisions on which environments are best for them.

In a field that is extremely competitive for new graduates, it is more important than ever to make sure you gain internship experience in your field of choice. A strong resume and the contacts you will make in the industry will prove to be extremely valuable as you seek full-time opportunities.

Tara Lilien is SVP of North American HR at Manning Selvage & Lee.

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