“Please mind the gap between the train and the platform” I hear as I enter the tube for the first time on my own. I, luckily, find a seat, pop my headphones in, and start to play music to match my excitement for the day to come. This was just the beginning of a semester that I will never forget.
I am a Public Relations student pursuing a Minor in Music Studies and Film Studies at the University of Oregon who had the desire to work and live in London. So, in order to achieve that, I applied for a London Study Abroad programme that included an Internship. I was then placed at Franklin Rae Public Relations and have been loving my time here ever since!
When I am not in school, I live in my hometown of Los Angeles, California. I have had previous Public Relations internships and can confidently say that PR in London is like no other. The fast paced and dynamic environment is something I thrived on. No two days are the same and there are always a variety of tasks that need to be done and, sometimes, a curveball changes all my priorities – I’ve had to learn how to cope with that too.
From reading the trade press, learning about the UK TV industry, right through to the creative services are just some among all I got to experience at FRPR. Attending speaker events, sharpening up my writing skills, and creating content for the Instagram were some of my favourite aspects of the job. During my first week, I was tasked with creating graphics and copy for the Instagram page. This was my favourite project because I am very passionate about social media design and marketing, so this was right up my street. I have also been able to network with other women in the entertainment and PR industry, such as actors, PR executives, and even producers. Talking to these people about their work and learning more about British work culture has opened my eyes to new ways of thinking and has taught me so much about the industries that I am interested in working in.
This internship has taught me so much about Public Relations, Marketing, the Entertainment Industry, work ethic and London as a whole. In my time, here I have learned that I can write a press release, that I can put together a social media schedule, that I love reading about UK Television and that I LOVE mince pies! I will miss my amazing coworkers so much – they have been the main reason this internship has been so amazing – so I am eternally grateful to them for everything that they have done for me.
So, to anyone who is interested in working in PR, go for it. You will not only learn so much about a fascinating industry, but you will also learn so much about yourself and will have a fabulous time doing it.
I now say goodbye to London as I embark back to the warmth of Los Angeles, but I do so with a bittersweet feeling of sadness that I won’t be able to go do things like to Camden Market every weekend and get millions of food samples, but with the happiness of knowing that I have just had the experience of a lifetime.