At UpHouse, we love getting the opportunity to mentor interns who are working towards becoming communications professionals. Christina Klysh is one of our most recent interns, and while she may have been skeptical of her own skills when she started, we could see that she had nothing to worry about. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what she had to say about her time with us!
For the past four months I’ve worked at UpHouse as one of their junior public relations coordinators, which was, at first, a scary and challenging role for me. As a current communications student, I had never worked in communications or been an intern before, so during the first month – while sitting in on meetings with clients, helping prepare for events or calling up the media to pitch stories – I often thought to myself, “Why is anyone allowing me to do this, I have NO idea what I’m doing.” At first, I constantly checked my notes from class before writing a draft, or proofread every email 10 times before sending it, but after a couple weeks in I finally felt settled into my summer job.
While at UpHouse I got to work on lots of projects with many interesting clients.
However, the first big project I worked on was for the ZacPac Project, an initiative where volunteers pack bags with essentials to hand out to people experiencing homelessness. Originally started in Vancouver, the ZacPac Project wanted to launch its initiative in Winnipeg, which is where the UpHouse PR team came in. For this project, I helped draft the news release, contacted and invited VIPs, volunteers, and the media to the launch event, and coordinated pick up times for distributors to pick up their ZacPacs.