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“Welcome to H+K Strategies.”

These were the first words I heard as soon as I walked through the embossed glass doors. The receptionist was smiling at me, and all I could do was nervously smile back. Inside, I was terrified. This was my first real interview, and my chances of an internship with my first-choice PR agency depended on it. I sat down gingerly on the plush sofa and ran through likely scenarios in my head for what seemed like the millionth time.

In hindsight, I needn’t have worried so much. Five minutes into the interview, when I was discussing The Big Bang Theory with the internship coordinator, I was confident that they would offer me the internship. Even better, I knew that I would fit right into the corporate culture.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies was my first choice for a number of reasons. My professors recommended it to me, past graduates gushed about it, and most importantly, students who interned there assured me that H+K takes the trouble to teach interns the ropes of the industry. I’m happy to report that they were all absolutely right – I’ve learned more at H+K in two months than I did in three-and-a-half years of university.

The work has been fantastic, and I was lucky to have been given real work from day one. This was no “get me a coffee” type internship. Throughout the past two months, I have done benchmarking analysis for a regional non-profit, updated media lists, written innumerable bios for a major news channel launch, researched food and beverage trends for a hospitality client, played around on LinkedIn for a major tech company, and written website content for a pharmaceutical. All this and I haven’t even mentioned my daily assignments or the urgent requests that fall onto my lap that are usually due in a few hours (believe me, I’m not complaining).

As I tried to wrap my head around my rapidly changing schedule, people at the office were always willing to help out with a bit of advice. I was assigned a buddy (who coincidentally happened to be a friend of a friend), and my internship coordinator went out of her way to make sure I wasn’t overburdened. Everyone treated me like a part of the family, and not once did I ever feel like I was the lowly intern. In fact, at H+K, there is no such thing as a lowly intern.

As my internship draws to a close, I cannot help but look back at these two months with genuine fondness. I know many people who have been discouraged from PR after their internship, and I was keen to not become one such casualty. I am fortunate that H+K has instilled a deeper love for PR in me, and given me confidence in my ability to produce good work. For these and other things, my time at H+K has been an internship to remember.

– Madhavi Ravi, Intern at Hill+Knowlton Strategies

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