Garden Media Group Reveals the Secret to Nailing Your First Internship

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As summer approaches, it's time to start thinking about interns.

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Internships are necessary for both employees and employers. Learn how to maximize their effectiveness.

It’s that time of year again! Time to think about summer plans and sunny days. That means many students are thinking about summer internships, which can be frustrating when they don’t even know how to begin describing their experiences (or lack thereof).

The pros at Garden Media Group, a boutique public relations firm outside of Philadelphia, have offered these three tips to make the search a little easier.

1. Be persistent

Searching for internships can be time consuming and exhausting, but it’s important to not get discouraged. If the intern is truly passionate about a position, don’t be afraid to express interest with friendly follow-up emails regarding the status of the application and hand written thank you notes. These small efforts can make a big impression and could be what sets you apart from the rest of the applicant pool.

If the intern doesn’t receive the position, don’t burn bridges. Respond and thank the company for their consideration. Try to stay in touch with them for future opportunities.

2. Work connections

Whether looking for a job, an internship or a new opportunity — it is extremely important to attend as many networking events as possible. One might never know how someone can help in the future. Making a personal connection makes the potential candidate stand out from other applicants because someone can personally vouch for them and their skills. Communication is key.

3. Do research

Make sure to research the company being applied to. A tailored resume and cover letter that embody the company’s values will set one candidate apart from another.

Recruiters can spot generic applications and resumes, so take time to research the company and use the information to stand out. And don’t forget to show off knowledge of the company in the interview. Companies like to see someone did their homework because it shows effort and interest in their organization. This information will also help prepare questions to ask.

When that internship is finally landed, here’s how to leave a lasting impression.

1. Ask questions

Don’t understand something or need clarification? Don’t be afraid to ask. Whether it is questions pertaining to tasks or personal questions to get to know peers or superiors, vocalize the issue or comment. It can be intimidating coming into an established office setting as an intern, but it’s better to ask for help than waste time doing something wrong. Plus, it’ll help to figure out if the internship is a good fit.

2. Arrive early

First impressions matter. Showing up late infers that this opportunity isn’t important, so don’t give them a reason to regret their decision. Show them the job matters, you want to be there and are always willing to lend a helping hand.

3. Say Hello

It’s crucial to be self-aware, communication happens through body language all the time. Say hello to everyone, from the receptionist at the door to the president or CEO as you pass by their office. And don’t forget to smile. Remember to be polite and respectful to everyone.

Successful internships enhance a personal brand. Learn more about the importance of branding with this helpful case study.

Garden Media Group ignites buzz for clients, offers innovative public relations campaigns and secures top media placements and partnerships. The boutique PR and marketing firm is known as the best in the home, garden, horticulture, outdoor living, and lawn and landscape industries. Visit for more information.

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Katie Dubow
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