A View from Two Interns’ Desks

Anthony Cogswell / August 1, 2013

Anthony Cogswell, intern from The Fearey Group, and Kelly Potts, intern from HMA, will be doing a four week intern series on our blogs! Throughout this series they will be comparing and contrasting  internships as well as different topics/conversations that are new to them in the PR world!

The Interns

My name is Anthony Cogswell and I have been interning at The Fearey Group, in Seattle, WA for just under three months now. I graduated from Central Washington University last December with a BA in Public Relations. Prior to joining The Fearey Group, I gained experience in the industry through various internships in the fields of healthcare, higher education and politics. So far, I couldn’t be happier with the level of hands-on experience that I’ve gotten and the progress that I’ve made.

Hello! My name is Kelly Potts and I am the intern for HMA Public Relations, in Phoenix. In May I graduated from Northern Arizona University and started at HMA in June. Thus far I have had the pleasure of interning with the City of Flagstaff, the government side, with Flagstaff Medical Center, the non-profit and corporation side, and now at HMA, to experience the agency side. I have enjoyed my time at the agency and can’t wait to continue down this path!

Our View: We came together to write a blog series (with some help from Abbie and Aaron), to compare/contrast and give our view of internships and being new to the PR agency world.

AC: Something that has stood out to me throughout my professional experiences is that often times, the more responsibility you ask for – the more will be given to you. I have continued to make it a point to gain valuable experience by pushing the boundaries and taking on new projects, and always asking for more.

KP: One thing that I have learned so far is how important connections, and reputation, are in this industry. As PR professionals it is good to keep up with other PR professionals you know (could be a teacher from college or another intern in the PRGN family) as well as making connections with different members of the media.

Today we will be participating in the HAPPO Chat, from 12:30-1:30 CT, hosted by David Landis. The topic: How to turn your PR internship into a full-time job opportunity. This will also be the topic of our next blog!

Do you have any stories about your first out-of-college internship?