spottydog internships – more than just a foot in the door

by Alana Castle |

For many recent graduates, the idea of an internship draws fears of unpaid hours and endless tea runs – luckily, here at spotty, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Here’s a quick overview of my first few months with spottydog and why I think internships can be so valuable.

Is it just making tea?

My three-month placement with spottydog was not only fully paid, but also structured to give me a real hands-on insight into the world of PR and get me started on a career in the industry.

Getting stuck straight into client work allowed me to quickly pick up the skills needed for a PR, communications and social media role and really made me feel like an active and valued member of the team from the start.

What was involved?

Far from being handed a list of the office’s hot drink preferences, I was quickly introduced to the world of Mitchells & Butlers and began working on pub and restaurant openings across several of the M&B brands. My role as an intern included organising the photography for pub reopenings, writing up press releases, selling into regional media and completing coverage evaluations.

My days during the three-months were varied, fast paced and, most importantly, allowed me to learn quickly whilst on the job. The rest of the team were always keen to support my progress with training and plenty of helpful tips.

Why an internship?

For me, finishing university and finding my place within the world of work was a daunting prospect. I felt that it was important to completely understand the career that I was entering and get as much experience under my belt as possible. An internship was the ideal way to gain this experience and learn the skills required for a PR role.

The three-month internship placement here at spotty allowed me to learn on the job while being supported with a living wage salary. It was a brilliant first step towards a career in PR and communications and, I’m pleased to say, has led to me becoming a permanent member of the spottydog team!

The spottydog team are always on the lookout for new pups to join the pack. Why not send your CV to talent@spottydogcommunications.com or sign up for job alerts here to be top of the list the next time we’re recruiting?