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What’s Wrong with Unpaid PR Internships: A Lot

In a perfect world, students would complete a paid internship in their junior or senior year of college and then receive a full-time offer from the employer they have been working for. But that’s not always the case for students majoring in public relations. In several cases, PR internships are unpaid. While it’s true that […]

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How Remote Internships lead to Diverse Workforces

“You need experience.” Many young communication professionals have heard these three words. It’s true. Entry level positions and even some internships require past experience to be considered. There is nothing wrong with requiring previous skill, but finances and other factors may exclude diverse talent from having relevant experience on their resume. New York, Chicago, Los […]

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Enacting Change: Three Takeaways from PRSA’s Recent Diverse Dialogues Webinar

  In a time of racial crisis, how should companies respond? This ongoing conversation reached a new peak in June with the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests across the country. As professional communicators, we must be at the forefront of these conversations within our organizations to ensure every public has an equal […]

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Why I am a Disability Advocate

Did you know that July is Disability Pride Month? This celebratory month is dedicated to increasing visibility and commemorating the disability community. The first Disability Pride parade took place in the year of 1990 in Boston. Now, there are many cities throughout the United States celebrating disability identity, culture, and positivity. My journey advocating for […]

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The story of an aspiring, bi-sexual public relations leader.

Throughout the month of June we continue to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community across the globe. I was inspired to share my story because I want other LGBTQ+ students to understand that they can succeed in this industry. I would like to begin this story by sharing my LGBTQ+ journey. It wasn’t until middle school that […]

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Entering a New Era of Uncertainty and Learning

As I witness the unfolding scenes of unrest and violence in the United States, my heart breaks. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many more innocent Black lives, are a symptom of deeply institutionalized racism that exists ubiquitously. As each death transpires, we find spirit and action in the digital […]

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Three Times Representation Helped Me Feel Home in Public Relations

PRSSA marked February 2020 as “PRoud Month,” and I used that month to reflect on the power of pride. A Twitter Chat was hosted on the topic led by Adriênne Bolden, PRSSA’s inaugural vice president of diversity and inclusion. The chat left me thinking about the power of representation. How did I get here, able […]

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What Winning the Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award Did for Me

Like a lot of students entering their freshman year of college, I was nervous but excited to start. Undecided in my major, I was unsure of what exactly I wanted to be involved in. At the freshman student involvement fair, I came across the PRSSA table where the executive board enthusiastically went on about all […]

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Together is Much Better

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.” Have you ever heard this quote? The main purpose of this expression is to point out the fact that if you want to change the final result, you need to change the way you do things. In a globalized, well-connected world, we are always surrounded […]

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Karen Mateo

Women in Leadership in Public Relations: Karen Mateo, CCO, PRSA

So, at this point, we all know (or hopefully should know) that there is a diversity problem in public relations senior leadership. Not only does this impact brands reaching target audiences, but it hinders the development of aspiring leaders and the future success of the industry. When there is no representation, it makes it harder […]

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