Since 2007, Cicero Communications has offered internships to PR students to help them gain real-world skills and a head start in joining the professional workforce.
Our interns have secured jobs with companies such as Rio Tinto, Etihad Airways, Golf World and Compass Communications.
A six month part-time internship is offered annually for third-year PR students to work in a volunteer capacity on the Mother’s Day Classic, a major national event that has raised almost $20 million for breast cancer research.
Interns help plan PR strategies and are given the chance to do so much more than just update databases – they write media releases, liaise with journalists, organise photo shoots and radio interviews and plan run sheets.
To find out more about our internships, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The internship at Cicero Communications/MDC played an enormous role in securing my first full time job – as Events and Marketing Coordinator at The Pyjama Foundation.
The Cicero internship equipped me with all the relevant and vital skills I needed to bring to the workforce, and I appreciate that you helped recommend me to employers, this certainly helped in getting me an interview for the role that attracted 130 applicants.
– Carina Nguyen (events and marketing coordinator, The Pyjama Foundation), 2014 intern
“The skills, confidence and portfolio materials I developed working for Cicero Communications were invaluable when landing my first full-time job.
In my six-month internship with Cicero in 2010 I was fortunate enough to complete a range of practical tasks including: devising a public relations plan; writing and pitching media releases; and organising event logistics such as minding celebrity guests.
This level of practical experience is rare for student internships and was beneficial because it enabled me to refine my skills and to build a portfolio of materials I had written for a real client. I recommend the Mother’s Day Classic internship to any public relations student who wants to kick-start their career while helping a great cause. “
– Jessica Uhlmann (Corporate Communications Officer, Etihad Airways)
“Unlike other internships where you might be given a variety of odd jobs, at Cicero I was responsible for a complete project.
It allowed me to put what I was learning at uni into practice, but I also learnt things they don’t teach you in lectures, like pitching a story to a journalist and building relationships with a client. The work was challenging but meaningful.
I’m now working as a communications graduate for Rio Tinto. During my interview the hiring manager emphasised she was after someone who could hit the ground running – being able to show the large portfolio of work I had built from the internship is what got me over the line.
I would highly recommend Cicero’s internship. On top of the work benefits, it was a memorable experience and I got to combine my love of fun runs with speaking with genuinely courageous people about their experiences with cancer.”
– Laura Maidment (Communications Officer, Rio Tinto)
“Working as an intern with Cicero Communications and the Mothers Day Classic in 2007 was of great benefit to my career in marketing, public relations and communications.
My work ranged from pitching story ideas to media and working with event participants to create newsworthy items, to liaising with VIPs and local media on the day.
Having to create media releases and fact sheets gave me the opportunity to put into practice some of the skills I had learned at university. My dealings with media gave me confidence and experience that cannot be learned from text books, lectures or tutorials.
The skills, experience and level of confidence I’ve gained through my internship have contributed directly to where I am in my career today.”
– Mitch Jones (Marketing Manager, Golf World)