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Working As A Government Relations Internship

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $59,682

    Average Salary

What Does A Government Relations Internship Do

Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals. 

Duties

Public relations specialists typically do the following:

  • Write press releases and prepare information for the media
  • Respond to information requests from the media
  • Help clients communicate effectively with the public
  • Help maintain their organization's corporate image and identity
  • Draft speeches and arrange interviews for an organization’s top executives
  • Evaluate advertising and promotion programs to determine whether they are compatible with their organization’s public relations efforts
  • Evaluate public opinion of clients through social media

Public relations specialists, also called communications specialists and media specialists, handle an organization’s communication with the public, including consumers, investors, reporters, and other media specialists. In government, public relations specialists may be called press secretaries. In this setting, workers keep the public informed about the activities of government officials and agencies.

Public relations specialists draft press releases and contact people in the media who might print or broadcast their material. Many radio or television special reports, newspaper stories, and magazine articles start at the desks of public relations specialists. For example, a press release might describe a public issue, such as health, energy, or the environment, and what an organization does concerning that issue.

Press releases are increasingly being sent through the Internet and social media, in addition to publication through traditional media outlets. Public relations specialists are often in charge of monitoring and responding to social media questions and concerns.

Public relations specialists are different from advertisers in that they get their stories covered by media instead of purchasing ad space in publications and on television.

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How To Become A Government Relations Internship

Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Employers prefer candidates who have studied public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.

Education

Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business. Through such programs, students produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates their ability to prospective employers.

Training

Entry-level workers typically begin by maintaining files of material about an organization’s activities, skimming and retaining relevant media articles, and assembling information for speeches and pamphlets. After gaining experience, public relations specialists begin to write news releases, speeches, articles for publication, or carry out public relations programs.

Other Experience

Internships at public relations firms or in the public relations departments of other businesses can be helpful in getting a job as a public relations specialist.

Some employers prefer candidates that have experience communicating with others through a school newspaper or a leadership position in school or in their community.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Public relations specialists deal with the public and the media regularly; therefore, they must be open and friendly to maintain a favorable image for their organization.

Organizational skills. Public relations specialists are often in charge of managing several events at the same time, requiring superior organizational skills.

Problem-solving skills. Public relations specialists sometimes must explain how a company or client is handling sensitive issues. They must use good judgment in what they report and how they report it.

Speaking skills. Public relations specialists regularly speak on behalf of their organization. When doing so, they must be able to clearly explain the organization’s position.

Writing skills. Public relations specialists must be able to write well-organized and clear press releases and speeches. They must be able to grasp the key messages they want to get across and write them in a short, succinct way to get the attention of busy readers or listeners.

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Government Relations Internship Career Paths

Government Relations Internship
Event Coordinator Event Manager Director Of Events
Director Of Alumni Relations
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Property Manager Communications Director
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Program Manager Deputy Director
Director Of Public Affairs
8 Yearsyrs
Paralegal Executive Assistant To Chief Executive Officer Event Manager
Director Of Special Events
5 Yearsyrs
Fellow Program Director Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Business Manager Communications Manager
Internal Communications Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Law Clerk Contracts Administrator Human Resources Generalist
Labour Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Legal Assistant Property Manager Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Communications Coordinator Public Relations Manager
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager Account Coordinator
Marketing Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Legal Assistant Account Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Law Clerk Managing Partner Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Paralegal Writer And Editor Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Senior Account Executive Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Writer And Editor Public Affairs Specialist
Public Affairs Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Public Affairs Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Media Consultant Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Fellow Program Manager Marketing Manager
Regional Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Government Relations Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

56.3%

Male

40.6%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

11.5%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.1%

French

15.8%

Mandarin

6.6%

Chinese

5.5%

German

4.8%

Arabic

4.0%

Italian

3.7%

Russian

3.1%

Japanese

2.9%

Portuguese

2.7%

Cantonese

2.4%

Korean

2.0%

Hindi

1.6%

Turkish

1.3%

Thai

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Tagalog

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Persian

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%
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Government Relations Internship Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

9.6%

George Washington University

9.2%

Michigan State University

7.5%

American University

6.1%

Cornell University

5.7%

West Virginia University

5.3%

Boston University

5.1%

Georgetown University

4.9%

New York University

4.7%

George Mason University

4.7%

Syracuse University

4.3%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

Florida State University

3.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.9%

Temple University

3.7%

Howard University

3.5%

Boston College

3.5%

University of Southern California

3.1%

DePaul University

3.1%
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Majors

Political Science

17.1%

Business

13.9%

Communication

11.5%

Law

7.9%

Public Relations

5.3%

Human Resources Management

4.8%

Marketing

4.5%

Economics

4.1%

International Relations

3.9%

Finance

3.4%

Psychology

3.1%

Public Administration

2.8%

Management

2.7%

English

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.5%

Accounting

2.3%

History

2.0%

Public Health

1.8%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

Environmental Science

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.6%

Masters

23.1%

Other

9.1%

Doctorate

6.0%

Certificate

1.5%

Associate

1.5%

Diploma

0.1%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Government Relations Internship

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  1. Online Database
  2. Public Policy
  3. Congressional Hearings
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Updated alumni records through an online database and physical filing system.
  • Participated with industry coalition meetings regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard to further develop the association's public policy agenda.
  • Conducted research, attended congressional hearings, administered briefings and provided analysis for staff on issues from current activity and legislation.
  • Assisted in development and implementation of external communications programs aimed at increasing staff, alumni and community support for scholarship funds.
  • Developed promotional materials and press releases, aided in annual conference planning, communicated with industry management.

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