PRSSA Kent State University
by Shannon Fox
I had the privilege of being one of the press interns for Jonathan Adler Enterprises at the Headquarters in New York, NY during the summer of 2013. Jonathan Adler is a home furnishings and accessories company with retail stores across the United States and London. I began working in the press department the first week of June and continued through late August.
I did not know what to expect when I started my first day, but the skills and techniques I learned in my JMC classes helped make my transition into this new position that much smoother. Working at Jonathan Adler, rather than at an agency having Jonathan Adler as a client, allowed me to see a whole new side of public relations. I got to experience everything that goes into the PR and marketing of a company.
As a press intern at Jonathan Adler I was involved in various tasks. Some of these tasks included creating powerpoint presentation of the editorial highlights collected during that week, keeping track of product donations for charity events, product loans to publications and store promotions. I also worked on the beginning steps of press releases and material for the website. I got to help redesign and reorganize the showroom for the different events that were to be taken place there, too.
I couldn’t have asked for a better place to intern. I learned so much from the people I worked with and from the industry I was in. I throughly enjoyed every second I was at Jonathan Adler. It was a fun atmosphere and an amazing place to work. All of JA’s employees seem to really love working there.
Some advice for future students is not to panic. Looking for an internship is tough, and it is never too early to start. I started around thanksgiving because I had to go on interviews when I was home for breaks but didn’t end up receiving an offer until May. It takes time, and everyone is looking just like you. If you be patient and keep an open mind you will find one that you want and that you enjoy being at.