Students Gain Real World Professional Experience

When the nearest major city is hundreds of miles away, a growing number of college PR programs are creating or ramping up student-run firms. This post discusses the University of Alabama’s impressive student-run agency and online magazine.

Find a Job and Help Your Career: Volunteer

As you think about resolutions for 2015 that can help others and yourself, consider volunteering. While you should support causes that truly matter to you, one of the important benefits of volunteering is that doing so can help advance your career. Research conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) confirms a direct relationship…… Continue reading Find a Job and Help Your Career: Volunteer

5 Ways to Volunteer Your PR Skills

Volunteer work is extremely important. It’s a great way to give back to the community. And for those trying to boost their resumes or land a new job, volunteer can be an excellent stepping stone to a successful career – whether it’s in healthcare, education, or public relations. Though might seem difficult to break into…… Continue reading 5 Ways to Volunteer Your PR Skills

Top Educator Awards Go to PR Leaders

Two friends and public relations leaders received well-deserved recognition for their significant contributions to education during last week’s annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Montreal. Frank Ovaitt, president and CEO of the Institute for Public Relations (IPR), received the Gerald Sass Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Association of…… Continue reading Top Educator Awards Go to PR Leaders

Volunteerism Helps Good Causes And Careers

On the flight back from Florida last night, I thought about the importance of engaging in nonprofit organizations during college and early stages of your career. Not only does it provide real-world experience but it also builds your network. That point was driven home as I spent the long weekend with fellow board members of the Indiana…… Continue reading Volunteerism Helps Good Causes And Careers

5 Important Tips for Educator Mentors

  I didn’t realize when I began teaching (as opposed to practicing) public relations that being a professor pretty much would guarantee that I would be a mentor. All of us who teach public relations have the opportunity to connect with, mentor and begin a lifelong mentoring network with our students. Students often don’t know…… Continue reading 5 Important Tips for Educator Mentors

Volunteer and Real-Life Experiences Help Careers

  Interns have never worked harder than they do today, but they need experiences beyond grunt work of compiling media lists and shipping new products to bloggers. Realizing all-work-and-no-play is not in the best interests of interns, many enlightened agencies are offering real-life professional and volunteer experiences for their interns. Rich Jernstedt, a great mentor and…… Continue reading Volunteer and Real-Life Experiences Help Careers

Volunteerism Builds Resumes While Doing Good

The summer volunteer recruiting season has shifted into high gear, so this is a perfect time for students and job seekers to enhance their resumes with career-specific experiences while helping worthy nonprofit organizations. I was reminded of the importance of volunteerism during yesterday’s executive committee meeting at the Lincoln Park Zoo where volunteer director Lauren Pike detailed her well-organized…… Continue reading Volunteerism Builds Resumes While Doing Good

Go Ahead And Overcommit to Extra Curriculars

  Q.  Is it possible to be over involved in college activities?  My friends are critical of me since they focus on homework and fun. I’m getting stressed out by the things on my plate ranging from sorority rush chair and PRSSA vice president to working 10 hours a week.  -RT A.  Don’t listen to…… Continue reading Go Ahead And Overcommit to Extra Curriculars

Beef Up Your Resume By Building PRSSA, IABC Chapters on Your Campus

Q.  I know you advocate joining PRSSA and other on-campus PR groups, but our school doesn’t offer any such options.  What do you suggest in order to gain this extra-curricular credential?  -CP A.  You’re correct, I encourage every student seriously wanting to pursue a career in public relations should join PRSSA or a similar organization.…… Continue reading Beef Up Your Resume By Building PRSSA, IABC Chapters on Your Campus