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Resources for PR students on BU's campus

I came to Boston University this fall as an undecided freshman. I spent my first semester exploring COM’s programs and pretty quickly decided on Public Relations. 


One of the pivotal moments in my journey toward choosing PR as my major was discovering the wealth of resources available to PR students on campus. I have utilized many of these resources during the process of selecting my major and will continue to use them throughout my time here at BU as I learn more about PR and develop my career. 


One important thing that BU offers is the Center for Career Development (CCD) where students can get support for their academics and post-college careers. Students can talk to career advisors and COM-specific advisors about all the different majors and careers there are to choose from. Some of the career services available include resume and LinkedIn reviews, interview training, mentor programming, internship funding, and tons of workshops. The CCD and COM’s career services are great resources whether you’re just starting out or you’re ready to begin your career in PR. 


One thing that I learned about through an academic advisor was using Handshake as a resource for developing your career goals. Handshake has information about job listings, internships, and helpful events going on. There are always events going on around campus, and Handshake can help keep you up to date on everything that is happening. 


I also recommend creating an account on BU Connects where you can network with BU alumni in all different industries. By talking with alumni, you can create connections and just learn more about opportunities in PR.


Joining BU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was a huge turning point in my journey. Being part of a community of passionate PR students and professionals has allowed me to expand my network, gain valuable insights into the industry, and even gain hands-on experience in PR through being part of the Digital Media and Blog Team. Getting involved in PRSSA or another student organization based in COM—such as AdLab or PRUnleashed—can be a great way to get your foot in the door of the PR world before leaving college. 

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