The following is part of a series of reflections from our Grady College students about their summer internships.
Name: Brittnee Jones (Public Relations major from Powder Springs, Georgia)
Title of Internship: Brand and Business Communications Intern
Location: Atlanta, GA
1. What are some of the tasks you were assigned each day?
I worked on a lot of brand communications. These responsibilities varied to include drafting tweets for brand handles; writing key messages for new programs; brainstorming pitches for brands; writing press releases, media alerts and stakeholder letters; and developing talking points for leadership.
2. What about your internship was the most surprising to you?
There was a tremendous amount of trust from leadership. I was handed tasks that affected the way our brands communicate with millions of people. Although I did not always get it right the first time, my coworkers always took time to review with me and explain how I could improve. They really invested in my growth and wanted to see me succeed.
3. What do you think is the most influential experience or important skill you learned that you will carry with you as you join the work force?
Efficiency. When working in a fast-paced environment like Coca-Cola, it is important to use your time wisely. You become so efficient at proofreading, writing and other tasks because of the hard deadlines and quick turnaround times.
4. What part of your Grady education did you find most valuable during your internship?
PR Research is one of the most valuable classes I’ve taken while at Grady. The intensity and hands-on approach of the course is invaluable.
5. What is one thing you wish you had known before starting your internship?
I wish I had known that you never go into an internship thinking that it’s just a job. These positions place you with people who become your friends and future colleagues. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get to know someone amazing.
6. What advice would you give for future interns in your position?
Work hard and take notes. There are so many lessons you will learn and I promise, you won’t remember them all. So take diligent notes and write out your key learning for the week. They’ll come in handy later.
July 31, 2014