Friday, March 19, 2010

My Three Months at Kurman

Throughout my internship at Kurman Communications, I gained a vast range of knowledge about the public relations industry, I improved my writing skills by writing numerous blog posts and I applied these skills in the classroom. This experience has been so helpful and I am very grateful for the opportunity.

Prior to my internship my knowledge about public relations was hazy, but by having the opportunity to a have hands-on experience, I am now more confident in this field. Being thrown into the industry, I learned much more than ten weeks in the classroom. Throughout my Winter Quarter at DePaul University, I took a class entitled “Writing for Public Relations and Advertising.” This class was a nice parallel to my internship as I was able to feed off of the information I learned at Kurman and apply it to my class work.

Social media plays a big role in public relations, especially Twitter. I was introduced to Twitter for the first time through my internship. While I'm still learning the ropes of it, I realize the importance of social media and the huge role it plays in the industry. You can follow me on Twitter @MarenHynek.

A highlight of my internship was attending the Erie-LaSalle 75th Anniversary and Haiti Benefit event. I was able to witness the process of planning an event from start to finish and having the opportunity to attend the event and see the finished product was awesome.

One of my favorite clients Kurman currently works with is the Chicago French Market. Why? I love everything French and will be studying abroad in Paris during the Spring Quarter so visiting the market and learning more about it made me even more excited for my travels abroad.

Sadly, today was my last day at Kurman, but I was fortunate enough to go out with a bang. Working the World Fishing Network (WFN) event at Bass Pro Shops was a good way to finish my internship. I got to spend the whole day surrounded by everyone from the office and I can't complain. I've been with Kurman since WFN became a client and have seen this event planned from the beginning and fortunately I got to see the end result.

I have learned so much in these past ten weeks and will continue to push myself to become an even better writer to help prepare me for the public relations industry once I graduate DePaul University next year. I am going to miss everyone so much and again, I am so thankful for this opportunity!
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