Today was my last day as a public relations intern at HWC Engineering. Since May, I have been working with a team of individuals to create and execute public relations plans for three different mayoral candidates around the state. This was a truly unique experience for me, because it was both a pilot program and my first time working in politics. (Subsequently, I learned that working in politics is not for me!) I had a good time learning more about how political campaigns work; that aspect was very interesting to me.
Over the course of this summer, I expanded my portfolio by dusting off my video editing skills, designing graphics and managing social media accounts for multiple clients at a time. Through this format, I gained further confidence in my ability to handle multiple projects at once and was reassured that a fast-paced work environment works well for me.
Cliche or not, one door closed for me today and two more opened up.
In the midst of wrapping up one of my two summer internships, I accepted a new fall internship position at Hirons full-service agency. I first became intrigued by the idea of working for a marketing or public relations agency last fall when I visited Weber Shandwick with members of PRSSA. Since then, I have been in search of opportunities that would allow me to test out the fast-paced, multifaceted environment of agency life. I am so proud to have accomplished that goal and that I will have completed six interships (at least) by the time I graduate next May.
Hirons is a 40-year-old agency based here in Indianapolis. Though my focus will be on public relations, they do it all. They have campaigns for a wide variety of clients and utilize all types of media to execute those campaigns. I’m very excited about the opportunity to work for such a reputable and well-established company.
In addition to the two days per week I will spend at Hirons, I’ve also agreed to another part-time position with the Indiana Soccer Association. In the coming weeks, I will be taking over the organization’s social media accounts and operating them remotely. As this role will benefit Indiana Soccer and my current connection with Indiana Futsal, I am very happy to have accepted this opportunity, too.
Of course these are both great opportunities for my career, but I am also just incredibly relieved to have a solid plan for this fall. While having multiple offers on the table is great, it can be a little overwhelming. As I start my new roles at the end of this month, I am confident that I have made the right decisions for where I want to be and I intend to show my new employers that they made the right choice in hiring me.