April 10, 2014
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Let’s face it, college is expensive. Many of us need to find jobs to help with tuition or even to have spending money. You can either take a dining hall job or you can find a job that will benefit your career. The choice is yours, but I would much rather be doing work that is related to public relations than cleaning dishes.
Become a Campus Rep
So many companies look for students to represent them on campus so that they can gain recognition among students. This job requires many of the same communication skills that we will need in the real world as public relations professionals.
Apply for PACE Jobs! These can count as internships and provide students with very valuable experience in their direct field. There are tons of PACE positions out there, and they’re all really cool jobs too. (Note: You must be financially eligible for a PACE position.)
Find a virtual internship
Although I personally have not done this yet, I know many people who have. Virtual internships are great because the location doesn’t stop you from interning at a firm that you’ve always wanted to work for. There are plenty of search engines that allow you to search specifically for virtual internships. If you have a certain firm and mind, it doesn’t hurt to email them and ask if they offer any virtual internships.
Working for the University
This can include jobs like becoming a learning community leader, tour guide, student ambassador or any other campus job that works to assist the university. These jobs will help you improve your leadership and communication skills, which will definitely help when applying for jobs and internships.
At the end of the day, any job that requires communicating with others is going be beneficial to a career in public relations.When choosing a job, make sure it is something that is truly interesting to you and that you enjoy doing. No amount of money is worth a semester or year of misery, so keep these jobs in mind for next semester. You’ll be happy that you’re making money while gaining valuable experience at the same time.
Jess Carnprobst is a sophomore studying Strategic Communications. You can follow her on Twitter at @jess_carnprobst.