Internships are the best experience a student can get in her field — just ask recent Huntington University graduate Megan Adams.
Adams is a pro at internships by this point. The 2012 public relations and marketing grad has already had three, and one experience in particular led to a job offer.
Though she came to HU as an undecided major, Adams, of Portland, Ind., quickly found public relations to be the best fit for her. She landed her first internship experience as a marketing intern for her father’s physical therapy office, but thought it was time to try more. Her business professors agreed.
“(Prof. Dave) McEowen urged me to keep pushing myself and take challenging internships,” she said.
Adams contacted the university’s Enterprise Resource Center in her junior year and began seeking out marketing and PR internships to gain more experience in the field. The ERC staff helped prepare her for the application process by revamping her résumé, conducting mock interviews and strengthening her portfolio and reference letters.
After sifting through about 2,000 internships, Adams applied to 15 and kept her fingers crossed. Rainmaker’s Marketing Group called, and Adams found herself in Indianapolis for the January Term, working full-time for five weeks as a marketing intern. In May 2011, she joined Rainmaker’s as a part-time membership advocate.
“Right now as a membership advocate, I use strategic networking and people looking for the same target niche to connect with prospective members,” she said. “We host networking events throughout the year, and I follow up with those potentials by inviting them back and hosting introductory seminars, and I do typical office work in between.”
While keeping her Rainmaker’s position part-time, she also searched for internships that combined marketing and public relations. She applied for an internship with Visit Fort Wayne through the ERC, where classmate Kristen Guthrie was also interning. Throughout the spring of her senior year, Adams worked on convention and tourism marketing with venues such as the Grand Wayne Center and the Memorial Coliseum.
“We recently worked with the Wingdings Festival where over 7,000 motorcyclists came to Fort Wayne for a bike conference,” she said with a smile. “I spent most of my time on that project coming up with day trips for the visitors and what their itineraries would look like.”
When she was not working on tourist and conference projects, Adams blogged for Visit Fort Wayne’s website, worked with newspapers and radio ads for Visit Fort Wayne, researched fun family activities within the city and fulfilled administrative duties within the company.
Shortly before graduation, Rainmaker’s Marketing Group offered Adams a full-time position, which she has happily accepted.
“I was a tour guide on campus at HU, and I always emphasized the career resources the university provided to prospective students,” she said. “I encourage every student at HU to take advantage of the Enterprise Resource Center. They equipped me with the tools and tips for interviews. These internships have definitely been the best thing for me.”
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