By Liz Castoro
I found my internship at JS² Communications through a mentor who had been my manager while I was an intern in the public relations department at 1-800-FLOWERS during the fall and spring semesters of my senior year in college. After graduation I began looking for jobs by searching through career websites and soon realized many of the communications job listings were only marketing sales positions and not public relations which was my desired career path.
I then contacted my mentor and explained my frustration in finding a job similar to the position I had as an intern. She understood my frustration and promised to help me find a job. Shortly after our conversation my mentor emailed me a list of industry contacts to reach out regarding open positions. After about a week of emailing and calling contacts I heard back from Alissa Pinck, GM/VP of JS² Communications who was interested in meeting with me.
After interviewing with Alissa I was offered a part time (three days a week) paid internship in the company’s New York office. Though I was interested in a full time position I gladly took the internship. Two days into my internship Alissa realized the company was able to hire a full time employee and I was offered a position that was to begin the very next month.
After working at JS² Communications for six months, I was promoted from an Account Coordinator to an Assistant Account Executive. I believe my job search was successful because I was determined to find a job within my desired industry and was able to turn an internship into a full time position. Internships are a great opportunity to break into a career field and offer valuable work experience and everlasting contacts.