By Valeria Prencipe, public relations intern at LCI
About four months ago, I started an amazing internship in San Francisco and unfortunately my last day is just around the corner. Thanks to my aunt, Alessandra Malvermi and uncle, Matteo Prencipe, who own Sound PR, a PRGN affiliate in Milan, I was able to have a meaningful experience at Landis Communications, Inc.
Being an intern gives you the chance to see how the world really works. I’ve learned more in the past four months than three years of college! That’s not because I received a poor education, but because having an internship allows you to apply the lessons you learn in school.
Thinking about my experience, what I have learned, what I have accomplished, how many new friends I have met and my two new American uncles brings tears to my eyes! I want just to let you know why it’s important to do an internship – especially in San Francisco!
- San Francisco: CRAZY! I think this is the most appropriate word for this amazing city. San Francisco is completely fun and safe. I know that San Francisco isn’t the American prototype but here people are friendly and open-minded. Nobody judges you for the way you are and might even appreciate you more if you are different. Don’t worry if you see a naked man, keep in mind: this is San Francisco and anything can happen!
- Team work: Here at Landis Communications, Inc. I have really come to understand the meaning of these words. You can’t complete all of your work without a great team looking over your shoulder. There are some moments that you feel overwhelmed and someone of your staff sticks up to help you. That is a team!
- Challenge: Before coming here, I had the general PR knowledge but I didn’t know what it meant exactly to work in PR. Having an internship at a PR agency is challenging, but even more so at Landis Communications. I don’t deny that sometimes it is stressful and there are some crazy days that you are working so hard that you don’t realize that is time to go home, but this work is challenging. You can test yourself and it’s such a great feeling when you accomplish your achievements. So far, my achievements include: securing coverage, mastering the phone system and creating a master editorial calendar.
- Don’t make any plans: Another thing I learned about PR is that it is hard to make a concrete project list because there are always new projects flowing in.
- Take advantage of your opportunity: This internship was my big opportunity to come to the United States. Not many people are so lucky to have an American internship. I will admit that making the decision to come here wasn’t so simple. I have my family and my friends in Milan and moving to another continent more than 9500 km away is no joke. Coming here was the best decision I have ever made. If you receive a job offer or an invitation from a friend/relative/PRGN contact to have an internship abroad, take it!
I am sure that this internship has changed me in a good way and I will leave a piece of my heart here in San Francisco. I am hoping to return in the future to take it back.
If you’d like to share your thoughts about internships or living internationally, please leave a comment below or contact me at [email protected].