Julian Sanchez spent his past summer in Las Vegas, Nevada as a Public Relations Intern for Preferred Public Relations.
What were your internship responsibilities?
Some of my responsibilities included building their media list and maintaining communication with their contacts. I wrote press releases and media alerts for high profile clients like Fremont Street Experience and Downtown Grand Las Vegas. I also curated content and maintained social media sites for Downtown Grand properties like Triple George Grill and Sidebar.
What did a normal work day look like?
I wouldn’t say I had a “normal work day.” Tasks varied so frequently and often times I’d get last minute projects that had to be done quickly to get them out to the media that same day. But for the most part, I’d get into the office and check my emails. After that, I’d finish any work not completed—usually press releases—and then ask for more.
How did you find your internship?
In the early spring, I decided that it would be super beneficial for me to start looking for an internship within the realms of journalism. I ended up sending my resume and cover letter over to about 50-60 different agencies in the Las Vegas area that ranged from PR, marketing, or advertising.
How did this internship impact your future career plans?
It solidified my plans to get into PR. I quickly learned that it was something that I enjoyed and that I would like to pursue after graduating. It also helped me realize that I don’t want to work in a small agency. Though the close knit community is great, it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. I enjoy being in a large group and it being hectic all the time, but I just didn’t get that at this agency. That is perfectly fine because it helped me realize it now before I actually got into the profession. It also helped me figure out what industry I’d like to work in. Gaming and Hospitality is interesting, but it was also not for me. I quickly realized that I wanted to find something in the tech or entertainment industry.
What advice would you give other students seeking an internship?
I would say not to let a location stop you from applying. If it is a company that you thoroughly enjoy, it’s worth apply to. If you are offered a job, the logistics of relocating can be worried about at a later time. Also, start looking early for an internship. I know that I missed a lot of great companies by applying late—Well, I thought I was early.