Patrick O’Connell, Intern

I recently decided to make the switch from education to public relations – a switch involving professions that sit at opposite sides of the spectrum, I know. But when it came down to it, I realized that history and working with kids was a hobby that I enjoyed, not something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Working in PR, however, is something that I can see myself enjoying as a career because it gives me the opportunity to continue growing my professional skills along the way. So, naturally when the opportunity to intern presented itself, I eagerly pursued the chance to work alongside the established professionals of Culloton Strategies.

This summer, I hope to gain a better understanding of the public relations field, especially considering there is only so much that can be retained through the tedious lectures and note-taking that college entails. With the promising internship program that the CS team has outlined for my 13-week time here, I am confident that I will gain experience and insight I can take with me as I continue my education.

As an intern, I will spend my time trying to prove myself to the professionals with whom I work; but it is also important that I prove myself to me. A professional tool of necessity for PR is confidence, and what better way to gain confidence in my abilities than to put them to the test successfully.