Q. I love this blog! Thank you for creating it. I’m a senior Comm major going on my third (unpaid) internship. After graduation, I would like to start at a PR agency, but I would like to eventually end up in Brand Marketing and/or Management. I’ve read that an MBA is often required for these positions. Are there agencies that offer tuition reimbursement? -JA
A. Yes, an MBA will give you an advantage in Brand Marketing and/or Management. It is not essential in agencies, but is becoming a requirement before moving up the management ladder in many corporations. Most large agencies provide some form of tuition reimbursement, usually after you’ve been with the firm for a year. Some pay half the tuition when you start a course and the balance when you successfully complete it. BTW, I applaud you for doing more than one internship. Three internships set you apart from others. It is unfortunate that all three have been unpaid. The profession needs to address the issue of compensation for interns, especially if some of their work is billable.