Make Dreams Happen

[Disclaimer: I am participating in PRSSA’s “Progressions Writing Prompt” exercise for July 2014. To learn more, check out this post for details.

Internships are a part of just about every college student’s life. Sometimes you like them; sometimes you don’t. Regardless of how you feel about them, internships are they to help you gain experience in your particular field of study. After completing two or three, you may start envisioning what the “perfect internship” might look like. As a senior graduating in April 2015, and having already completed several internships, I have a clear idea of what I want to look for in my next one.

What Would My Dream Internship Look Like?

Ideally, my dream internship would turn into a full-time position. I would want to work for a company or public relations firm that encourages their employees to think outside of the box and to always strive to be their best. As a future father, I would also hope that my dream job respects the duties and responsibilities that will come with that sacred role. I would also want to have mentors within the organization that I could go to for advice and ask questions.

Where Would I Go?

If I were to stay in the country, I would choose to intern in Washington D.C., Los Angeles or New York. If it had the money and could travel abroad, I would love to intern in either London or Barcelona.

Which Company Would I Work For?

If I were to work in an agency, I would work for one of the top ten. If I were to work in a corporate setting, I could see myself either working for Adobe, Google or Microsoft. Regardless of whether I work in an agency or in a corporate environment, the tech sector is where my passion lies.

What Would My Responsibilities Be?

My ideal internship would present me with many opportunities to learn and to grow. In addition to managing social media, my responsibilities would include event planning, media pitching and speech writing. I would also like to use my Spanish in some way more and be able to better serve the Latino community.

Making Your Dreams Happen

Although there is no 100% guaranteed way to land your dream internship, there are few things that students can do to help them stand out.

A Forbes article encourages students to:

  • Do their research
  •  Use and know the product
  • See the big picture
  • Understand that passion beats GPA

Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.

— John Wooden

In other words, make your dreams happen.


What does your dream internship look like? If you have already had your dream internship, what did you do in order to get it? Comment below.

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... a Service Designer + UX Researcher at Hanzo. Parry frequently leads workshops around the world on topics such as Google Design Sprints, UX research, and service design. Parry also teaches UX and service design in several universities and bootcamps in Barcelona.