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.