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15 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Current Intern

    Best Internship Experience--by far!

    Sep 20, 2017 - Digital Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -amazing company culture -ability to work across multiple teams -always busy, always working directly on client work -the intern work is equivalent of an AAE or AE -if you have a specific interest, employees will work to ensure you get exposed to it (i.e. analytics)

    Cons

    -for those trying to get hired, you won't know until the very very end of your internship, which is quite stressful (however, they do emphasize that if they are hiring, they are going to choose someone they've invested more in the company than an outsider)

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  2. 4.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Great people, but would ask for more work

    Jan 5, 2020 - Public Affairs Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Everyone was very helpful, even when I would mess up.

    Cons

    I learned a lot, but not much about public affairs. Also, there were some people that you just had to question, how they got a job there.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee

    PR/PA Firm

    Feb 12, 2020 - Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    bi-partisan, room for advancement, free drinks/cereal

    Cons

    bi-partisan, long work hours, demanding

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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Former Associate

    Dec 5, 2019 - Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    great opportunity to get started in the field of communications, one of the more flexible agencies in D.C., great opportunity to build reporter connections nationally

    Cons

    Senior staff is fairly resistant to change, diversity was an issue, hard to move up the chain, often junior staff is given the responsibility of mid-level executives without any additional compensation, accounts are much more public affairs focused than anything--so little room for creativity

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  5. 3.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Great Clients, Bland Culture

    May 9, 2019 - Public Affairs Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -amazing clients -awesome manager -my team won win week -attentive HR team

    Cons

    -obvious lack of diversity in company -VPs can be a bit biased and give preferential treatment in accounts -lack of flexibility in choice of account to work on -competitive atmosphere

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  6. 3.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Decent Experience in Public Relations

    Nov 4, 2014 - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Intensive, hands-on internship. You work with multiple teams and a variety of clients. There is never a shortage of work and often times you'll have coworkers swinging by asking for help with this or that. It's a fun place to work, with lots of staff lunches and benefits. Everyone is friendly, for the most part.

    Cons

    As an intern, you're assigned a buddy who is supposed to help you with any issue you may have. For some interns, this was great as their buddy was outgoing and located near their desk. For others, it was detrimental. My buddy hardly cared what I had to say and wasn't very outgoing. Also, being assigned to 3 different clients can get hectic when you have 2 different VPs wanting an assignement due at the same time. There is very little inter communication so I often felt stretched then.

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  7. 3.0
    Former Intern

    Internship - Great Resume Builder, Intense Culture

    May 5, 2018 - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    This looks amazing on your resume, and you're exposed to top-knoth clients. The most senior-level staff members are incredibly talented, and you should strive to get to know them. You'll learned a ton, and you'll rarely be board. The firm does pay interns, but regular staff compensation is on the lower end.

    Cons

    The culture here is intense. No one actually takes a lunch break. Communication is not always great between staff members because things are so fast-paced. Seniority is engrained even amongst the lowest levels. If you want a solid job offer, you need to go above and beyond. Also, if there's already a junior staff member on your account, that's not great for your prospects. You need to become essential to an account if you want to stick around. Job offers are not as common as you may be led to believe.

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  8. 5.0
    Former Intern

    Great experience

    Oct 12, 2015 - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The people are phenomenal and helpful, and there is a genuine dedication to the clients. Great office location as well, with an awesome building.

    Cons

    The pay, as is in the public relations industry, is simply not that great. While the work is meaningful and client facing does happen, some of the bottom level work is tedious. This is true anywhere, but nonetheless sometimes frustrating.

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  9. 4.0
    Former Intern

    A great starting place for interns

    Apr 22, 2016 - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to learn about different parts of the PR process, work with different clients, and it was paid! Also got the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and a couple museums during work hours!

    Cons

    There wasn't as much to do during the summer months, as compared to other times of the year. Also, some of the work was basic, but that's part of the job of being an intern.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Always engaging

    Jun 28, 2012 - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Small teams. You interact directly with your supervisor daily. You interact with top execs in the company daily. You interact with the president of the company. It's a family. I was hired as a mere summer intern and I'm meeting these amazing professionals and learning from them daily. I was expecting the usual intern experience where I'm practically invisible. Not at Powell Tate. Hands on. Real experience.

    Cons

    I have no negative remarks about this company.

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