10 Ways Young Public Relations Professionals Can Have a Successful Internship Experience


The Plank Center encourages students to gain real-world experience in the public relations field before they graduate. Internship opportunities provide mentorship, networking and skill development opportunities for students before they graduate and begin their job search. We asked professionals and former interns what they found to be the most important qualities interns should possess and actions to take for a successful internship experience.



Leaders exert significant influence on the success, future and image of their profession. Yet, only a few PR studies have explored this important topic.

One goal of the Plank Center is to build a research-based foundation of knowledge regarding the values, qualities and dimensions of excellent leadership, mentorship and diversity and inclusion in PR.