“My professors and classes at Drake did a great job of solidifying my interest in PR during my first semester. I know many of my high school peers are still not completely comfortable with their choice in major.”
—Ellen Converse, Junior, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
All “spin” aside, as a Drake PR student you’ll receive some of the best preparation in the world for your field. You’ll learn research, planning, and communication skills that allow you to establish relationships between an organization and its audiences. You’ll develop strategic thinking skills, a global perspective, and an ethical framework that will enable you to quickly advance into a leadership role. You’ll join an impressive group of Bulldogs who’ve graduated and left their mark on the profession as public relations spokespersons and strategists for corporations, small businesses, government bodies, nonprofit organizations, and marketing agencies around the world.
Our internship coordinator will help you identify opportunities to jump-start your career. Drake public relations students have put their skills to work with such organizations as:
Public relations students are regulars on the award stage, receiving honors that include PRIME Awards from the Public Relations Society of America; national Bateman case study and Women in Communication awards, International Association of Business Communicators Bronze Quill awards, and more. Public relations alumni work around the world for business and nonprofits including Disney Cruise Lines, Crocs, Wells Fargo, Lessing-Flynn Advertising, LS2Group political consultants, Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Weber Shandwick, the Science Center of Iowa, the Minnesota Lottery, FleishmanHillard, Principal Financial Group, Ketchum Worldwide, Mayo Clinic, Haworth Marketing + Media, Edelman, Starbucks, and Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
Of course, you’ll benefit from the experiences that all Drake Bulldogs enjoy—mentorship from professors at the top of their field; résumé-worthy internships, research experiences, and other professional preparation; opportunities to learn while serving the community; and January Term experiences (at no additional tuition cost) that immerse you into the fascinating topics—and locations—you choose.
Monday-Friday - Schedule an individual visit to tour Drake
Now - Entering first year and transfer students can apply for Spring or Fall 2019
January 18 - Business@Drake Day
January 20 - Create Your Future@Drake SJMC Day
January 21 - Crew Scholars deadline
February 1 - Music Audition Day
February 11 - Teacher Ed@Drake Day
February 21 - Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day