Date: October 13, 2015
Time: 5-6 pm
Hope Katz Gibbs
Topic: 8 Things Interns Should Not Do
Organization: Virginia Commonwealth University, PR Program
Location: Richmond, VA
In this fun and interactive 1-hour speech, PR professional Hope Katz Gibbs will share with the students in Virginia Commonwealth University’s PR program how to succeed as an internship student, how a new grad can enter the PR field, and the good-bad-and-hysterical experiences she’s had since launching Inkandescent Public Relations in 2008.
“Being an intern is a tough job,” knows Gibbs, who has hired dozens of interns to help her at InkandescentPR.com. “But I’ve seen too many students not get out of the experience nearly what they could.”
Gibbs believes that’s because some students don’t have a realistic understanding of what is required at an internship, and some don’t make sure before accepting an internship that they have the time and energy to devote to an internship that would maximize their experience.
What Are the 8 Things Interns Should Not Do?
- Show up late — and make it worse by explaining why their other commitments are more important than the internship. Or they don’t show up at all, and don’t bother to notify anyone who expects them.
- Mistake their boss for their friend.
- Assume they are smarter than their boss, and aren’t willing to learn from experienced professionals.
- Not be able to write well and think clearly, and they don’t bother to double-check their work.
- Not be willing to put in extra hours from time to time to get the job done.
- Not be able to work independently — or remotely.
- Don’t take as many classes as possible in their major to excel in their chosen field.
- Not be able to apply or translate what they they have learned in the classroom to a real-world situation.
Gibbs is hoping that hearing the stories behind this “What Not to Do” checklist will make students better interns, and also help organizations that want to hire them to have a better experience.
Click here to learn more about Gibbs’ Inkandescent Internships Program.
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About Hope Katz Gibbs
Journalist, publicist, author, and entrepreneur Hope Katz Gibbs is the founder of Inkandescent Public Relations (InkandesentPR.com), a PR firm for entrepreneurs; and the publisher of Be Inkandescent (BeInkandescent.com) — a monthly business magazine for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, that gets more than 1 million visits/month.
Hope has been a reporter since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, writing for publications including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Miami Herald, Costco Connection, among others, and has won nearly a dozen awards for feature writing, and newsletter writing.
She got into the PR biz in 2001, and incorporating the Inkandescent Group LLC in 2008. Since then, she has represented more than 350 small business owners, authors, artists, educators, restauranteurs, and more. In August 2014, she released her first book, “PR Rules: The Playbook,” to help more entrepreneurs master the art of PR to supersize their small business. Learn more at PRRulesPlaybook.com. Contact Hope by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by phone at 844-Inky-PR8.