Why All Post-Secondary Education Programs Should Offer Internships

As I discussed in a post a couple of weeks ago, I recently completed a one-month internship placement at CAA Niagara, the Thorold Branch, as the final component of my Public Relations program at Niagara College. All of my colleagues and I were placed at different companies and organizations throughout the Niagara region, with a few exceptions, and I am genuinely saddened that my internship experience with CAA has come to its end.

Prior to beginning my internship, I was somewhat leery. I really was unsure of what to expect, and I had no clue of the sort of work I would be asked to do during my time at the Branch. By the end of my first day, I had already come to the realization that this experience would be granting me far more hands-on work experience than I could ever imagine, and I am so grateful for being able to assist with so many different projects for the organization.

I worked on a variety of different projects every single day of my internship, and the amount of work experience I was able to earn is undeniable. Further, the staff at CAA Niagara, specifically the Marketing and Public Relations department, is composed of incredibly, genuine, and helpful people, and my mentor at CAA, Alex, blew my expectations and made the experience as fulfilling as possible. I really could not ask for a better person to show me the ropes and introduce me to the world of Public Relations.

This experience has encouraged me to acknowledge just how beneficial internships can be for students, assuming they make the most out of it. The Public Relations program at Niagara College prepared me for the sort of work involved in the industry, and the internship permitted me to put my learning’s to work and apply them to real-life scenarios.

If your school offers any sort of co-op or internship experience, I strongly encourage you to seize the opportunity and get incredible working experience. Make the most out of it and you will not be disappointed.


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