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Hi All. Does anyone have a pool of communications interns?

Find Communications Interns at Universities

When we’re looking for interns, I go to my friends who run the PR departments at universities and ask for their top students.

But I also recognize that not everybody has friends who run PR departments at universities.

(Although if you need to be networked in, let me know!)

So that’s the first thing we do.

I’ll call my friends and say, “Hey, we’re looking for an intern that can do this, this, and this. Who do you have?”

They’ll then send me three or four candidates and we suddenly have a pool of several from four or five different schools.

Make friends with the people who run or teach in the PR programs at universities.

They’re all very nice people—and you have something in common that you are communications experts.

I started out by following people on Twitter and building relationships that way.

They’re all there because they have to be to teach their students how to use social media.

Start there.

Find Communications Interns at Student-Led Firms

Just like working with the PR programs at universities, many of them have student-led PR firms that will take on clients.

In some cases, they may only work with non-profits, but in many others, they’ll work with corporations and agencies.

Depending on your needs, this may be a very viable option for you.

Find Communications Interns Through PRSSA

The third option is to work with your local PRSSA chapters.

They often have student-led firms, too. And they always have students who need internships.

Most PR programs require comms students to have at least two internships to graduate so working with these student-led organizations will help you find the right talent.

Have a Question For Us?

What about you? What are your favorite resources for finding interns for your communications team?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder, CEO, and author of Spin Sucks, host of the Spin Sucks podcast, and author of Spin Sucks (the book). She is the creator of the PESO Model and has crafted a certification for it in partnership with Syracuse University. She has run and grown an agency for the past 15 years. She is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.

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