by Brian Hammel ' 18 Most people look forward to their winter break to return home, visit loved ones and recharge their batteries for the next semester. My break, although I will be returning home eventually, will be spent in the marketing and communications suite at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.
Last spring, I began my hunt for my first official summer internship. I was relentless in my Google searches and left no stone unturned when it came to potential opportunities. I was in a PRSSA meeting when a fellow member approached me and told me to apply for an internship at OhioHealth. I took her advice and sent my resume and cover letter through. Before I knew it, I was interviewing with a panel of communications professionals and two weeks after that, I received an offer to work at Riverside Methodist Hospital beginning in April 2016.
There is no typical day for a public relations or communications professional nor a typical day for a public relations or communications intern. My responsibilities at Riverside may have me interviewing an associate for our bi-weekly newsletter Riverside Pride or writing a communication plan to help drive participation for a resiliency survey. I have also had the pleasure of working alongside nine other interns to launch an internal and external launch campaign of the brand new OhioHealth.com (if you haven’t seen it, you should go check it out!).
My time at OhioHealth has taught me a lot about the industry and provided me with invaluable experience about working with clients and how to connect communication to a business operation. The best part of the experience? My time at OhioHealth isn’t over yet!
I am very fortunate to be able to continue my time with the company through the holiday season and into the new year! As the search begins for the next great summer internship, remember to always use your connections! You never know who someone might be able to connect you with.
As a sophomore public relations major, I am delving into the world of communications with full force. All of my classes are major-related and the thought of potential internships are always lurking in the back of my mind. I am constantly looking for ways to learn outside of the classroom and gain experience that will help me in the coming years. Luckily, as a member of PRSSA, I am able to go to monthly meetings with communication professionals who give me insight into the field.
PRSSA meetings are the perfect way for me to expand my knowledge of the communications field, while being able to ask questions that wouldn’t always get answered in my day-to-day classes. The meetings are excellent networking opportunities with professionals from all around Ohio, including successful Otterbein alumni. They offer us priceless advice and help me feel more confident about my abilities and options as a PR major.
At meetings, we discuss opportunities to visit large companies like Nationwide Children’s Hospital and local PR firms to learn about specific jobs within the field. These trips are also beneficial to help me narrow down what kind of work environment and field of communication I would want to intern at or eventually, work in. Meetings are valuable time to sit and reflect on my goals and refocus on what is really important when it comes to having a successful career. The one-on-one time with professionals motivates me to challenge myself; their stories of success normally stem from the hard work done in college. They remind me to work just as hard and to take advantage of the time I have as a member of PRSSA.