A Look Inside an Internship with Bellevue Communications Group

Shannon Smith is a 2015 graduate of Rowan University* and spent the last semester of her senior year as a part-time intern with Bellevue Communications. We asked Shannon to write about her experience with Bellevue, and here is what she had to say:

Back in January I started my role as a public relations intern with Bellevue Communications Group and I can’t believe how quickly time flew by. With previous agency internship experience, I thought I knew what was ahead of me when I first started my internship but I was wrong in all the greatest ways. I’ll admit, when I first started I was shy and reserved but after my second week I noticed a change within myself—my skills and confidence began to grow.

At Bellevue, I discovered more of my passion for public relations, what to expect from PR inside a small agency, and most importantly, what will be expected of me when I enter the field after graduating this May.

The day-to-day:

No day-to-day was the same, which is something I absolutely loved. I worked on all kinds of projects and activities from media writing, research, social media, press conferences/media relations, and brainstorming ideas with co-workers.

Before my internship at Bellevue Communications Group it was rare for me to attend client meetings, assist at press conferences and events, or even write talking points for CEOs. I am really glad I was able to get out of the office, explore Philadelphia, meet the clients I was doing work for, and learn so much about the media relations aspect of public relations. Those experiences helped me feel more connected with not only the Bellevue team but also myself.

Learning Environment

As an intern you’re not supposed to know exactly what to expect all the time. When I didn’t know, I always had the opportunity to ask. Everyone had their doors open and encouraged me to discuss projects, thoughts, and ideas. Additionally, when I completed projects, everyone invited me to meet with them and go over my work together.

This style of learning was a great way to get to know everyone in the office and the environment really helped me learn more about the PR industry, better my skills and gain more confidence in myself. With that confidence I noticed I began gaining more responsibility on projects. I truly felt like I became a part of the team and was prepared to work on any kind of project for anyone.

Gaining Experience

While I learned how to write better press releases and media advisories, draft media pitches and conduct more thorough research, I also learned how to improve myself. I had the unique opportunity to learn more about what kind of person it takes to get things done in the PR world which helped me identify my strengths and learn how to improve my weaknesses. Most importantly, I improved upon myself and Bellevue Communications Group helped me evolve into a confident young professional who is ready to handle anything.

As I look back, I could not be more thankful to have experienced this amazing opportunity. I was able to watch and learn from passionate and successful professionals all while they made the extreme efforts to include me in as many experiences as possible. My advice to anyone considering an internship here at Bellevue: be prepared to roll up your sleeves and work hard, but know that you will walk away with the most incredible internship experience of your college career.

*We are also ecstatic to learn that Shannon was recently hired for a full-time marketing communications coordinator position with Insulet Corporation! Congrats Shannon and best of luck in your professional pursuits!