Meet Callie Henson, joining us from the beautiful campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is studying PR. While we’d really like to tell you more, we don’t want to steal her thunder! We hope you enjoy hearing about where she was before she started her internship here at a Raleigh PR agency.
When I came to UNC, I knew I wanted to study in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The field has always interested me, and after my first public relations course, I knew this was the profession for me.
Now that I am a senior at UNC and a profession in the real world awaits, I’ve realized it is my different experiences in PR that will help me stand out in the crowd of recent graduates. From interning at local North Carolina agencies (including my internship right here at a Raleigh public relations agency!) to chairing the public relations and outreach committee of UNC’s student government, I feel like I am gaining a wide variety of experience while I am still in school. My past summer interning in New York City especially opened up my eyes to the possibilities in PR.
Every single day during my internship in NYC, I learned something new and usually witnessed a supervisor or two learning a new skill or concept, as well. From strategy for new business pitches to audience profile research, there is always something new to discover.
I love how in PR you can work for so many different kinds of clients. Every company needs good publicity, and the opportunities are endless. I love how when starting a new internship I get to not only learn more about different public relations practices, but I also get to learn more about different professions around the world.
I want to continue to learn as much as I can before I graduate and be ready to be thrown any assignment or into any situation, and thrive. I’m going to continue to ask questions, continue to network and make connections, continue to be curious and continue to volunteer for any and all tasks. What I have learned from my internships in PR is to never let an opportunity pass – you never know where it could take you!