My professors says I need to intern or else I won't get a job in PR/marketing once I graduate? Is this true? (NYC area) (PR pros only pls)?

I'm 26 years older and finishing up my bachelors degree in strategic communications/marketing with a concentration in PR. 

I have friends and family that are my age and older that have already been working in similar fields for the past few years tell me that internships can HELP but it isn't an "end all" if I don't have it on my resume.

I would take on an internship but I go to school part time and I also have to work to pay bills, internships don't offer pay.  (I live an hour and a half from Manhattan)... my question to anyone in these industries (especially in the NYC metropolitan area) , will an internship really make or break my future endeavors when applying for jobs in PR / Marketing?  

Thank you for any helpful replies. 


I also don't care so much if I don't end up exactly working in PR once I graduate. It can be in marketing/advertising or any other organizational communicator position. I do have a lot of connections that work corporate arenas that can promise me jobs once I greaduate but I know I shouldn't depend on others. The connections I have are not particularly in PR but in sales and maketing, etc. 

Do internships make or break getting jobs in these areas as well? (marketing/advertising/communications)?

5 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    Your first job after graduation is more likely to be an internship than entry-level job, if you can find that. Competition for PR, advertising, marketing, marketing communications, etc, jobs has increased dramatically. And companies are not inclined to hire someone with no experience at all. Hence, you will apply for intern positions, and hope you are the intern who is hired for entry-level position. Internships have become increasingly important.

    Doesn't mean you cannot find an entry-level job without doing internship first. But your chances are not all that good, nowhere near as good as they will be with excellent references from an internship.

  • 2 months ago

    Many professional jobs are "earned" by interning.  This includes jobs in marketing, PR, accounting, finance, etc.  Why don't you want to intern?  It seems you've already decided that you don't want do this.  

    Getting a job is based on two factors: demonstrating the needed skills set, and having a contact in the company.  The best way to achieve both of those is to do an internship where you demonstrate your abilities and make connections.  If you feel you have people who will actually get you a job at age 26-27 with zero experience, then you are lucky indeed.

    Getting into a PR firm or a PR department of a top company is very competitive.  It is very likely that these organizations will offer entry-level jobs to people that interned with them while the person was in college.  

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Internships were MANDATORY for my nephews degree in Supply Chain.  He could not have graduated without them. I think he worked 2-3 summers.

  • 2 months ago

    This is not unique to PR and only PR people don't need to answer...

    Internships give you a leg up.  The more internships or the better quality, the more it will help you get a job.

    Universities should not allow students to graduate without internships/externships/work placement or whatever the school calls the program.

    Internships are NOT an "end all", they are a propeller.  Sure, you can do a great internship and still not be able to find a job.  So think of where that puts the people who don't do internships, farther below.

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  • Sandy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    In PR it really is WHO you know, so that's a big yes!

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