Freshman

Course Selection

  • COMM1000
  • Complete ENGL1100/1120 and core social science with 2.3/4.0 GPA or higher

Ask for Assistance

  • Be sure that you start your time at Auburn well by regularly meeting with your academic advisors and consult them to outline goals, understand the application process, and assist with individual planning.

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Gain Experience

  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your résumé.
  • Seek opportunities to join freshman leadership programs and student organizations related to your individual interests.

Get Involved

  • Follow the Public Relations social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter) as well as the CMJN Facebook page and Twitter account.
  • Join the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)/ Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) to orient you to the field.

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • CMJN2100, JRNL1100, PRCM3040
  • Gateway: CMJN2100, JRNL1100

Ask for Assistance

Gain Experience

  • Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in your major and set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.

Get Involved

  • Seek out student organizations catering to your individual interests by utilizing AUInvolve

Junior

Course Selection

  • Courses taken this year develop and fine-tune your writing and research skills; break down specific case studies in Public Relations and introduce the intricacies of the Public Relations field.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance
  • Seek a mentor through Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)/ Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
  • Utilize resources such as ePortfolio Project and Media and Digital Resources Library (MDRL), both located in RBD Library.

Gain Experience

  • Attend Communication and Media Career Day to explore additional internship and career opportunities.

Get Involved

  • Pursue leadership roles in your organizations to exercise and enhance your skills.
  • Join Lambda Pi Eta, honor society for students in communication related fields.
  • Take on leadership positions in committee work in PRSSA/PRSA

Senior

Course Selection

  • Synthesize material from previous classes and apply skills to develop a personal brand.
  • Complete internship (PRCM 4920)

Ask for Assistance

  •  Meet with the University Career Center to practice interviewing and develop job search techniques.

Gain Experience

  • One internship is required for the major, but you are strongly encouraged to pursue multiple opportunities to gain experience.

Get Involved

  • Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities
  • Continue building a relationship with your mentor through PRSSA/PRSA.

General Information

A degree in Public Relations prepares you for careers in a variety of fields requiring strong communication, leadership and interpersonal skills. Experience is essential for gainful employment in this field.

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Interests

Holland's Code: EAS

  • Enterprising
  • Artistic
  • Social

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ENTJ
  • INTJ
  • INTP
  • ENFJ
  • INFJ
  • ENFP
  • INFP
  • ISFJ
  • ESTP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Independent
  • Achievement
  • Working Conditions

Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Coordination
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Time Management

Meet your Career Contacts

University Career Center Liaison

Tasheila Williams-Townsend, EdS

Interim Associate Director, Career Development

tjw0024@auburn.edu

Make an Appointment

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Last modified: September 30, 2021