What the Future Might Hold…

By: Jessica Donaldson, TrizCom PR Intern

I am a senior public relations student in the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. I have already taken some awesome classes that have taught me the building blocks of PR. As the treasurer for UNT’s chapter of PRSSA, I’ve been given some great opportunities to learn about my career field. My experience with the Mayborn School has been excellent, but there truly are some things you can only learn on the job.

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For my last semester before graduation, I was fortunate enough to land an account coordinator internship with TrizCom Public Relations. This is my first real job in public relations, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect coming in.

I have heard from other students that they did a lot of busywork such as making copies, checking emails, taking notes, making coffee, etc. at some of their PR internships. While those are tasks that need to be done, they are certainly not what being an intern at TrizCom is all about. On my first day I was already doing research for a client and writing a media alert. By Day Two I was using technology I had never heard of to compile media lists and keep track of local new opportunities. I have been here a week now, and I already feel more equipped to work in PR than ever before.

I think being an intern at TrizCom is a unique opportunity because of the professional staff here. Not only are staff members experts at what they do, but they genuinely want to share their knowledge with me. Just like a typical internship, I have learned a lot simply from watching how TrizCom’ s account executives interact with clients, create content and conduct research. What makes working at TrizCom different is that the account executives ask me to help them with their work, they give me assignments that actually matter, and they are always willing to assist me if I have questions.

So far TrizCom seems like a great place to work, and I am excited to see what the rest of the semester holds.

Not Your Average Internship

By Rebecca Ellis, Guest Contributer and TrizCom PR Intern, Summer 2017

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The word “internship” is one that college students know well. Internships are just as, if not more, important as what you learn inside a classroom. If you’re like me, you’ve spent hours researching companies online and calling everyone you know asking if they know anyone looking for interns. Finding a company that you like and that likes you can be incredibly difficult. Luckily for me – and hopefully lucky for you if you’re reading this, I found TrizCom.

There aren’t many companies that value their interns the way TrizCom does. In fact, value isn’t even the correct word to use. TrizCom invests in their interns. TrizCom selects young professionals who are eager to begin their career and takes them under their wing. They not only teach them, but they shape them and mentor them until they are ready to go out on their own.

TrizCom taught me so many things that helped me succeed throughout my college career. The most important skill I learned from TrizCom is how to write. I’ve taken that with me through all of my classes. Whether it’s a press release, media alert, fact sheet, resume, cover letter, blog post or just a professional email, I learned how to write from TrizCom. From my PR writing class to my business communication class to my women’s studies class, my writing has improved in every aspect.

If there is one word I would use to describe how I felt during my time as an intern at TrizCom, it would be “supported.” TrizCom supports their interns. There was not a day that went by that I didn’t feel like I was a part of the team. There was not a day that went by that I felt like the work I was doing wasn’t important. There was not a day that went by that I wasn’t excited to go to work. Where you have strengths, they let you shine. Where you have weaknesses, they show you how to improve.

When you are a TrizCom intern, you are not a coffee-fetcher. You are not a copy-maker or a phone-answerer. You are a part of the team. You are an employee. You are a creative mind that has valuable input. You are just as important to them as they are to you.

Need an Internship This Semester?

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Because if you do, Dallas-based TrizCom PR has a deal for you.
Answer these few questions to help gauge your interest level. Do you…

 

…desire to eat discounted—and possibly free—food at Taco Bueno?
…want to nerd-out at Comic-Con’s FAN EXPO for free?
…like boats?
…have a deep and abiding love for dogs and cats?
…like to eat BBQ?
…enjoy soccer and football?

If you answered yes to any (or all) of the questions above, we’d like to hear from you. 

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For the past five years TrizCom PR has hosted over a dozen special interns in our program and we take pride in making it an experience, not just a job. As a TrizCom intern, not only will you be paid for your time ($10 per hour, 15-20 hours/week), you’ll be an integral part of our firm. School credit available as well as flexible schedules. No exclusion from meetings or client-facing work. You’ll be on the front lines right beside us. You’ll be paired one-on-one with a TrizCom staffer who will be in charge of your growth and instruction. 

We want you to apply your academic knowledge into real-world writing, media relations, marketing and promotions scenarios. Duties may include writing PR materials including press releases, website copy, blog copy, managing PR archives and photo resources, preparing media kits, planning special events or promotions, working with account managers to improve communication efforts, interacting with outside vendors and members of the media, assisting with social media outreach efforts with possible opportunities for filming, interviewing and editing video, and collecting research and assisting TrizCom’s overall marketing and PR campaigns.

Still not convinced? Here’s two things you’ll never do:
1.    Make coffee
2.    Make copies

Hear what other interns have said about us

If interested, send cover letter, resume and writing samples to Katie Mudd: katie@trizcom.com.