Grady College Intern Diaries – Ellen Jackson

The following is part of a series of reflections from our Grady College students about their summer internships.

Name: Ellen Jackson (Public Relations major from Marietta, Georgia)    

Title of Internship: Corporate Communication Intern

Company: Southern Company

Location: Atlanta

  1. What are some of the tasks you were assigned each day?

    One of the aspects of my internship with Southern Company that I enjoyed the most is that I was doing something different from day to day. But, some of my consistent tasks included drafting news releases, writing articles for the internal site and media relations work.

  2. What about your internship was the most surprising to you (i.e. What did you least expect going into this experience?)

    What surprised me most was how hands-on my internship was. During my first week, I was already involved in the planning for the annual shareholders meeting. I even had the opportunity to attend and work the shareholders meeting during my third week of interning. I was fully immersed in all aspects of the company’s communication since my first day on the job.

  3. What do you think is the most influential experience or important skill you learned that you could carry with you as you join the work force?

    Southern Company has taught me flexibility and how to be a quick-learner. As a public relations practitioner, you have the unique opportunity to be an expert on a variety of subjects. Before working for Southern Company, I could tell you very little about energy generation. I had to quickly learn all the nuances and technicalities of the company.

  4. What part of your Grady education did you find most valuable during your internship?

    My news writing class with Dr. Hudson and Dr. Hollander has proven to be invaluable. This class taught me how to write press releases and how to write in AP style. I used both of these skills every day of my internship.

  5. What is one thing you wish you had known going into your internship?

    I wish that I had taken more writing classes in addition to the writing classes that I was required to take for my major. I’ve realized that having well-rounded writing skills is very beneficial.

  6. What advice would you give future interns in your position?

    Get to know your co-workers. Also, do not be afraid to ask questions. Your co-workers are knowledgeable resources and they will respect you for having the courage to ask for help.

Date: September 3, 2014