Internships for Public Relations: MarketingMel’s Former Intern Tells the Value (Video)


MarketingMel with Sarah Rowan

Internships are near and dear to my heart. I guess that’s because I was mentored by a crusty cameraman by the name of Bill Nailos at WKBW-TV Channel 7 Buffalo the summer between my junior and senior year in college. That time spent tagging along with reporters and videographers as an unpaid intern launched my communications career. Bill taught me about the business of broadcasting but he also taught me about life. Ever since then, perhaps my personal variation on “paying it forward,” there has generally been a young, enthusiastic person close at hand as I go about my work.

My last intern, Sarah Rowan, was with me for a year and a half. I attended her wedding and was delighted to see her  land her first job even before she graduated in early May. She is now Director of Sales for the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce.

Here’s Sarah talking about the value of an internship and her observations of a P.R. pro at work. By the way I’m looking for my next “rock star intern.” Send me a note on the WordPress Submission form if you are interested.


  • Never underestimate the value of a hand-up – interns can also become the best future raving fans!

  • Sarah Rowan says:

    Mel, thank you so much for the opportunity to work and grow under you for the past year and a half! It was an experience that I will never forget and that I learned so much from! I continue to use the things you taught me everyday! I would encourage anyone just starting out to pursue a meaningful internship with a company that will teach you and allow you to grow.

    • maryellen says:

      Thank you so much Sarah. I am thrilled that you were able to grow and learn with me. It was great having you and I learned a lot from you as well!

  • Internship/mentor relationships are very special. I still look up to my mentor I had during my social work internship years ago. Kudos to you, Mary Ellen, for your committment to mentoring the next generation of leaders. I’m sure Bill would be proud, even if he was “crusty.” LOL

  • Sue Painter says:

    Hi Mel,
    I couldn’t get your video to play – it is password protected! ?? But, I do totally understand the value of internships and the friendships that can result, as well. Like Tiffany, I still have relationships with people I interned with many years ago.

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