PR Work Placements

What do you need to do in order to stand out?

Work placements are an essential part of getting your foot on the slippery ladder that is PR

Most employers – including Prohibition – won’t look twice at a candidate without any first-hand experience, and a variety of placements not only shows dedication to this noble cause, but it gives you genuine insight into the job (and it’s not for everyone!).

We get a lot of requests for work placements here at Prohibition. And we mean a lot; sometimes 5 to 10 a week. That means we only end up offering placements to a handful of candidates each year, so what do you need to do in order to stand out – both in securing a placement, and once you get your foot in the door?

Do your research! Prohibition is a specialist social media PR agency. If that’s what you’re interested in, then great. Don’t get in touch if you hate Tweeting, and don’t know your algorithms from your elbow.

Also make sure when you’re approaching us, you know a little bit about our clients, and what’s going on in the PR/social space (especially among your own age group). We don’t expect you to be an expert, but at least get the basics right. Make it personal.

Don’t just fire off an email to our generic address. We’re all active on social media, so track us down and get to know us that way first. And once you get your foot in the door, ensure you make a great impression. This way we’ll remember you and you’ll stand out from the other interns. The right personality is incredibly important to us, and if you get on with us, you’re half way there. Act like it’s the real thing. You wouldn’t be late for a full-time job, so be on time and pro-active. Ask for work to do if you’ve not got any, and be efficient – organisation is always impressive. Don’t sit on your phone all day, just being here won’t help develop essential skills. Work experience isn’t just a box ticking exercise. Get stuck in. It doesn’t take all day to write a press release, but if you’re finding it tricky ask for help – this shows you’re willing to learn.

Being able to bring something new to the table will always impress and remember, you’re incredibly well positioned to be able to tell us what’s happening among your peer group when it comes to the latest developments in social media. So tell us! Spell check! Nothing shows carelessness like misspelling. We all make the odd mistake but keep them to a minimum to show you take pride in your work, especially in your CV and covering letter! (Bonus points to anyone who can spot the deliberate spelling mistake in this copy!)

Remember, we’re constantly expanding, and we need great people to help us do this. Many of our current staff started by undertaking work experience or an internship with us, so if you want to get your foot in the door, this is the way to do it!

Surviving the mother of all tides – should B2B businesses baton down the hatches or learn to ride the wave?

COVID-19 has hit the global economy like a tsunami – wiping out everything and everyone in its midst The ripples and rumbles were detected early on, but we think we speak for the majority in saying we underestimated its titanic…

Top tips on how to feel productive whilst working from home

In light of the recent government announcement, you may find yourself in a position where you are currently working from home if you are able to do so At first, this may seem a little strange and you might be struggling to adapt to your new work…

Top five tips to improve Facebook engagement

Keeping up with Facebook’s ever-changing algorithms and ensuring you’re not only delivering the right kind of content for your audience but posting at the right times isn’t always the easiest of tasks, but we’re here to break it all down to…

Our Latest Work

Why not drop us a line and get in touch?

Please fill free to drop us an email an or call us on

0113 430 4160