Our work is only as good as our team. Fortunately Agency H5 is packed with passionate people who each possess their own one of a KIND spark. Welcome to the 5 From H5 series, where an agency expert shares tips for upping your work game.
On top of her Account Manager duties at Agency H5, Meredith Braithwaite also tackles the crucial job of finding eager, bright and qualified candidates for the agency’s highly competitive internship program. Not only are interns an integral part of an all-hands-on-deck approach to client work, but past interns have gone on to become invaluable members of the H5 team and beyond over the past 17 years.
Given this legacy, Meredith doesn’t take the job lightly. As a former intern herself, her sharp eye for detail, impeccable standards and dedication to helping interns succeed has helped make the Agency H5 internship program an incubator for creative, hardworking and kind young professionals.
So, you want to be a successful intern? Take it from these five Meredith-approved tips.
- Experience first.
The first thing Meredith looks for on a résumé is real-world experience.
“Whether it’s an in-house marketing internship, an editorial experience at a local newspaper or digital freelancing, we’re seeking interns who have learned the basics of PR/marketing and are ready to take their fundamental skills to the next level,” said Meredith. “A prospective intern with an agency internship under his or her belt is always a plus.”
- Double, triple, quadruple check.
What would make Meredith throw a résumé out? Spelling errors!
“If I see a typo on a resume, no matter how strong the candidate is, I stop considering him or her,” said Meredith. “Attention to detail is so important in the PR industry — have a polished résumé that demonstrates this skill.”
- Walk the walk.
Ever been told to dress for the job you want? Meredith suggests taking things a step further – act like the job you want.
“When I see an intern acting like an Account Coordinator (our entry-level position at H5) it makes me feel confident that should we hire him or her,” said Meredith. “I know they will succeed because they’re already doing the job! Once interns have the basic internship program tasks nailed down, those who begin thinking and acting like an AC are often the ones who end up joining the team full time.”
- Embrace the fast pace.
Interns learn so much over the course of their H5 internship, from media list building to influencer management. But among all these lessons, which is really the most important?
“Time management and prioritization,” said Meredith. “For many of our interns, this is their first agency internship, and it’s a fast-paced industry. Those who can balance the different accounts, projects and urgent tasks assigned to them will excel — and those who thrive off the fast-paced environment will flourish in the industry.”
- Know what you bring to the table.
At the end of the day, interns were hired for a reason. Thanks to classes, previous internships or industry knowledge, they bring something valuable to the H5 table. We want to hear their ideas!
“Don’t be afraid to speak up, voice your opinion and share your expertise as an intern,” said Meredith. “You were hired because we believe you have the skills, experience and attitude to succeed at our firm. We want you to share ideas in brainstorms, contribute to internal meetings and not feel intimidated to ask your colleagues questions, including senior leaders.”
Are you interested in an internship with Agency H5? Send your resume to intern@agencyH5.com.
About Meredith Braithwaite
Meredith is a detail-oriented, passionate PR professional who thrives in a fast-paced environment. Throughout her career, she has assisted clients across various industries including consumer packaged goods, hospitality, nonprofits, healthcare and education. Her expertise includes media relations, events and experiential, brand partnerships, influencer programming and more — she’s the person who loves planning every minuscule event detail!
In her spare time, Meredith enjoys traveling, reading a good book, LaCroix taste testing, cheering on the Nashville Predators and spending time with friends and family.