Looking for an internship? Don’t settle for getting coffee.

Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing are currently accepting applications for our internship program.

Public Relations internships are the best way to bridge the gap between going to school and landing great job. Internships can help provide valuable work experience by learning the ropes from more experienced professionals. At the end of your internship, you’ll have relevant experience to help you decide if starting your career in the field of your internship is the right choice for you.

At Carriage Trade Public Relations, intern responsibilities will include media relations, writing press releases and awards, photography, videography, search engine optimization, researching keywords, social media management, and community relations.

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Internship Qualifications:

  • Senior year of college, major Public Relations or Mass Communications;
  • GPA of a 3.5 or above;
  • Available full time;
  • Previous internship experience;
  • Equipment required: fast computer, cell phone, access to the internet;
  • Located in the greater Savannah area;

Internship Specifications:

  • Paid hourly at minimum wage;
  • 300 hours per semester;
  • Work hours are 9am-5pm;

Desired Skills:
Applicants should be proficient on a computer and other technological devices. We also recommend a foundation of experience with WordPress, Social Media Platforms, Search Engine Optimization, Photography, AP Style Writing. To be considered for the position, applicants should have experience with PR writing principals, and be critically thinking, self-starters.

Submit a copy of your resume, writing samples and three references to Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

20 Tips on Being a Successful Intern

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Poole. I’m from Savannah, GA, and a 2017 graduate of the University of Georgia where I studied public relations, fashion merchandising and new media. After graduating, I was selected to be an intern with Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing for the summer of 2017. Although I completed a number of internships throughout my undergraduate career, this was by far the most rewarding and educational internship that I experienced.

During my internship, I learned so much about the industry, the clients, the organization and myself. I acquired invaluable skills that college can simply never teach you, and I gained confidence in my ability as a public relations professional and personally. This internship isn’t for everyone. You have to really love the fast-paced nature of the job and the work that you’re doing, but I promise that if it’s a perfect fit for you, this will be your dream internship.

Since my internship, I’ve returned to the University of Georgia to pursue a master’s degree in public relations and advertising. My understanding of the industry has given me such a helpful perspective to bring back with me to the classroom. I still work for Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing because I took the necessary steps to ensure that I was a helpful and valued intern. Below I’ve shared my tips for being a successful intern. Enjoy!

  1. Use active verbs in your headline. A story is only as compelling as its headline, so ensure that yours is an attention catcher.
  2. Admit a mistake as soon as you realize that you’ve made one. Mistakes are expected in internships, but covering them up is not. Always be transparent.
  3. Get approval for everything before you hit send. A company’s style of verbiage and communication might be drastically different from your own, so a little tweaking might be needed to make all communication cohesive.
  4. Double check yourself. Ensure that your spelling, grammar and accuracy are perfect. Check, and then check again.
  5. Use AP style unless otherwise instructed. Know what’s changed in the latest edition and know how to catch AP style errors.
  6. Research a publication before pitching to them. Know who you’re calling and why your information is important to them.
  7. Be flexible. Public relations isn’t always 9 to 5. Be available on some weeknights and weekends to help out.
  8. Be mindful of your personal social media accounts. As a part of a company, you want to portray an image that is just as prestigious as the organization you represent.
  9. Know the news. You’re likely to have a diverse spectrum of clients and keeping updated with the news will help you be a valuable team member.
  10. Be early to work, eager to help and appreciate the opportunity to learn.
  11. Don’t be late. In fact, be 10 minutes early to everything you go to. You never know what traffic might be like or who else will show up early.
  12. Dress the part. Black and white is always professional. Women, be sure to wear closed-toe, low heeled pumps, and men, black dress shoes is a safe option.
  13. Don’t use exclamation points. They’re just not appropriate for professional communication.
  14. Don’t ever tell the media what you want from them. Instead, ask them about the kinds of stories they’re looking for, or if there are any other reporters in their newsroom who would be interested in what you have.
  15. Make personalized pitches for each publication and pitch each one separately. Including every editor from every local publication is a big no, and shows that you aren’t taking the time the be personal.
  16. Be proactive. When someone gives you an assignment, go ahead and do your research. Don’t ask 10 questions to an answer that you could find yourself.
  17. Take the extra second and write “thank you” rather than “thanks.” You’ll be shocked at how different they sound when reading an email.
  18. Whether your professors have said it or not, don’t use “###” at the end of a media release. This is outdated for the public relations industry as a whole.
  19. Don’t ever let your texting verbiage come out in an email. There is no reason to include “lol,” “&” or any other text lingo in your professional communication.
  20. Always appreciate the opportunity to learn. You will do a few things that are uncomfortable, but that means your growing as a public relations professional. You’ll be happy that you came to work with a thankful and eager mind each day if you do.

There you have it, my 20 tips for your internship journey. Keep in mind that these suggestions won’t only help you complete a successful internship but could potentially help you get hired, too. Good luck!

10 Tips on Landing a Dream Internship

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Poole. I’m from Savannah, GA, and a 2017 graduate of the University of Georgia where I studied public relations, fashion merchandising and new media. After graduating, I was selected to be an intern with Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing for the summer of 2017. Although I completed a number of internships throughout my undergraduate career, this was by far the most rewarding and educational internship that I experienced.

Public relations and marketing internships are becoming more competitive each year. Don’t give up, however, because internships in this industry are so valuable and necessary for your future career. The more experience you have, the better prepared you’ll be to succeed in your future endeavors. Below I’ve shared 10 tips that will help you secure an internship.


  1. Take a look at your social media platforms and decide whether they reflect professionalism or not. If they don’t, it might be time to make some changes to the way that you portray yourself to the digital world.
  2. A formal physical resume is a must, but an online resume is needed today too. A lot of internship applications are online, so having your resume online will only speed up the application process.
  3. Showing your work to your potential employers can help you stand apart from other applicants. There are numerous sites that will host your online portfolio. Be sure that you update yours after you create it.
  4. It might sound silly, but Googling yourself is important. See what comes up when you type your name in. Make sure that only positive things result.
  5. Your teachers want to help you. Ask them if they have any connections or inside information regarding the company that you’re applying to.
  6. Don’t show up to an interview without extensive knowledge of the company. Know their clients, their services, any recent projects they’ve completed and exciting things they are doing currently. This will show them that you’re genuinely interested.
  7. Be persistent with your contact person at the company. Send a handwritten thank you letter after your interview. Send a follow-up email after two weeks if you haven’t heard back and expected to.
  8. Be available and be enthusiastic about the opportunity. If they ask you to complete a second interview, accept politely. Show your interest in the company by asking questions and taking notes during your conversations.
  9. If you call and no one answers, leave a voicemail. Speak clearly and succinctly. This is the industry of communication, and your potential employers want to know that you’re an expert communicator, yourself.
  10. Be confident. In every conversation and email, be confident in your skills and abilities and inform your potential employers why you would make an incredible addition to the team.

 

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. Always remember to relax and enjoy the internship application process. These are invaluable experiences that you can only receive during this time of your life. Good luck!