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My summer internship at Meantime Communications: expectations vs reality

Upon my arrival at Meantime Communications I admittedly had very little idea what to expect.

I had never worked in an office at this point, and had heard horror stories about friends spending their summers making infinite coffees for bosses who closely resembled Cruella De Vil.

Fortunately for me, this was nowhere near the experience I had during my time as an intern at Meantime Communications.

From the minute I stepped through the door I was warmly welcomed into the (complex but wonderful) world of logistics and PR.

And the Meantime team were not shy about throwing me into the deep end; during my first week I helped create a proposal, spoke to clients, conducted an interview with Taylor Bennett trainees for the Meantime Podcast, and was even allowed to produce my very own mini-podcast!

At this point I was growing suspicious to the fact that no one had asked me to make them a cup of tea yet…

After just a few days I already felt part of the team, as my lovely colleagues helped me navigate my way through press releases, client calls and newsletter designing.

Of course, this was only a small number of the tasks I worked on with over the summer, and (having binge-watched Absolutely Fabulous on Netflix) I must confess that I was pleasantly surprised to find that the reality of working in PR is in fact very different to how it is often portrayed.

Rather than doing the same tasks day in, day out I found myself learning something new every minute (including how best to grow vegetables – thanks John).

Now as I approach my last day at Meantime Communications, I confidently say that I have gained a new perspective on the reality of Public Relations (sadly working in the industry does not entail drinking copious amounts of champagne as Ab Fab would suggest).

But in all seriousness, I am very grateful that I was fortunate enough to spend my summer at Meantime Communications – I loved every minute and will miss all of the team dearly.

With all this new experience and curiosity, I cannot wait to pursue a career in PR when I graduate next year!

About the author

Emma Murray

Emma was born in the year the Beatles broke up. She studied Middle Eastern Archaeology and Akkadian, although she has to admit her cuneiform is probably a little rusty these days. She was once an archaeologist working in Syria and Jordan, and has been an English language teacher. She has lived at one time or another in Jerusalem and Aleppo, as well as Paris and Brussels, where she went to school and learnt to speak French.