The awards include two categories: Best Internship Programme and Best Intern.
The shortlist for Best Internship Programme is: Cohn & Wolfe, Golin, MHP, Taylor Bennett Foundation and Transport for London.
Best Intern finalists are: Kharis Brooks at Vodafone, Holly Ellis at Stand Agency, Emily Gosen at Cake, Georgina Oakford at Fishburn and Jessica Parry at Cohn & Wolfe.
The judging panel is made up of Francis Ingham, director general, PRCA; John Harrington, deputy editor, PRWeek; Ben Lyons, co-founder, Intern Aware and Anne Groves, director, Taylor Bennett Foundation.
Those shortlisted will be interviewed by the judging panel next Monday with the winners to be announced at a ceremony at the Ellwood Atfield Gallery in London on 9 July.
The PRWeek/PRCA PR Internships For All (PRIFA) initiative was launched last year in a bid to bring more young people from diverse backgrounds into the PR profession at entry level.
Ingham said: "It was great to see such a high standard of entries for the first year of the PR Internships Awards. We’ve seen some excellent internships and some very promising PR experts of tomorrow."