An Intern’s Insight – My First Work Experience within PR

Helen Mehammer

Helen Mehammer, Intern at Acceleris

The day I had been looking forward to for so long was finally here, my first day as an intern at Acceleris. Would this be as eye-opening as I hoped it would be? As an international student studying in Leeds, mainly working within customer service in Norway, I was curious about what it would be like working in the UK, especially within PR and communications.

I was given a warm welcome by Alison who gave me a tour around the office. Just after I got settled at my desk for the week, I was invited to join the Monday team meeting. I was keen to get immersed in agency life; it was great to receive this introduction and to be given my first research and social content tasks.

I graduated from the University of Agder in Norway in March 2017. By that time, I had already been accepted at Leeds Beckett University as a MA PR and Strategic Communications student and I had planned to undertake a work placement during my second semester. As I did not have work experience within communications and knew how difficult it is to get ‘ahead of the game’ within the media industry in Norway, I saw the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience not easily achieved at home.

Not knowing where to apply, I attended a session by Ellie and Rebecca from Acceleris who were visiting my University to talk about working within communications and tips on how to apply for an internship. The meeting was inspiring, and Acceleris seemed like a good place to work. A short time after, I sent my CV and cover letter to Acceleris – and I got a placement for four weeks. I was ecstatic!

Working at Acceleris has absolutely been eye-opening. Doing research for clients, producing content for social media and brochures, and writing press releases are a few of the many tasks I’ve been able to do. I have also learnt how to use Canva, a picture editing program used to produce content e.g. for social media channels. I have also been introduced to GoAnimate which can be used to produce different animations and infographics, which was fun as I didn’t have any knowledge in that area until now.

My time as an intern has not only shown me what it’s like to work within communications, but I have also been part of a great, friendly working environment, where everyone makes coffee for everyone! Being an intern at Acceleris is absolutely worth the time, and I highly recommend doing a work placement here.

If you too would like to get ‘ahead of the game’, find out more about the Acceleris Academy work experience programme: http://www.acceleris-mc.com/pr-jobs-harrogate-london.html

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