By Alex Yakacki, Director of Creative Production
1. We’re legit.
Penn State’s College of Communications is the largest accredited program of its kind in the nation. With Public Relations as a specific major option, you can get down and dirty with exactly what you want to learn.
2. We’ll help you pay.
The 110 endowed scholarship funds for students are easy to apply to and highly advertised to students. College debt can scary (especially for COMM majors…) but Penn State makes a genuine effort to lighten the burden.
3. Networking, networking, networking.
With over 40,000 students on campus, there is always someone to connect with. The fact that one of every 117 Americans with a college degree is a Penn State graduate will allow you to use those networking skills to get where you want to be.
4. Internship or bust.
Last year, 648 students took an internship for credit, not including those who took paid positions or ones not for credit. There is a whole staff of passionate professionals who make up the College of Communications Career Center (Yes, we have our own career center). I can tell you from personal experience that whatever you want to do or wherever you want to go, these people can get you there.
5. Got recruiters?
We sure do. When it’s time to start looking for a full-time job, there are a countless number of professional workshops, career fairs, and networking opportunities presented by the college to help you find the perfect match. They will work with you to build your resume, practice interview skills, and set you up to wow recruiters like it’s nothing
6. PRSSA, duh.
The Lawrence G. Foster Chapter of PRSSA here at Penn State is the largest student run organization within the largest College of Communications in the United States. We are constantly engaging, developing and challenging our over 100 members to be the best PRofessionals possible, making sure to take the most innovative and ethical approaches to navigating the PR industry.