How college PR majors can land a job at a leading Philadelphia PR firmApril 19, 2013
As the daffodils blossom and the Penn Relays near, it’s once again time to share with the thousands of graduating public relations and communications majors how one leading Philadelphia public relations firm adds junior members to its staff each year. So here’s our best advice.
Engage with us early and often. The truth is, we start looking for junior associates early, and we like them to stay in contact with us throughout their junior summer and senior year. Each year, Gregory FCA makes available summer internships to a select group of five to 10 rising seniors, to whom we offer positions to join us upon graduation. So if you are a junior, contact us to talk about a summer 2013 position.
We pay for internships. Not a lot — but unlike other places, we feel a moral obligation to pay the best and brightest a nominal hourly rate to work with us during their junior summer and through their senior year (if they are available).
Land a coveted internship. Contact us through our preferred channels — social media. Everyone in Gregory FCA has extensive networks. Those communications students who open dialogue with us make a lasting impression. So use Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
Show an interest in public relations. We only hire students who have communications, journalism, or public relations degrees and/or have some public relations experience. That experience can take many forms. Perhaps you were a member of your college’s chapter of PRSA, or you were the public relations chair of your fraternity or sorority. Or perhaps you were the editor of your school newspaper. All hold weight in our decision making process.
Be outgoing, positive, and confident in your communications skills. Public relations is a people business, so make sure to shine during your interview and keep up the positivity in your follow-through.
Show off your writing and verbal skills. Communications is still the name of the game. During your interview and on your writing test, make sure you can command the basics of written communications.
Believe it or not, some of our top professionals here at Gregory FCA started as interns during their junior summer, joined us full time upon graduation, and now are impact players in our firm. Could you be the next great Gregory FCA hire? Contact us through our preferred social channels to find out!