It’s that time of year for second years. The intern application time.
If ever there was a time when the competitive nature of PR and those studying it comes to light, this would be it. Students up and down the country will be fighting tooth and nail to get a placements with the majority of placements being in… you guessed it, London.
Which does raise an issue for many students when it comes to finances. Living in London is expensive even for those living with partners and on full time wages, so imagine how much harder it is for interns on much lower pay and also still having to pay reduced university fees. The general view seems to be that those who want placements with the biggest London companies are those who have parents that can support them once all their wages go towards accommodation.
However, the less fortunate of us have not been put off yet, and have still joined in the rush of students humming around the 3rd floor of the Rose Bowl, hoping to get an application form for some of the companies that have contacted Leeds Metropolitan. I feel grateful for going to a university that does put a lot of work and money into its PR course as the support at times like this is really invaluable, even though the red brick universities may look down on us! I have a pretty good idea of where I’ll be doing my placement and I’m looking to seeing what working 9-5 is really like… (I have no doubt I will come to regret that statement within the next few months…)