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Public Communication: Career Benefits

Michael Kempner

"Because SOC puts an emphasis on the business applications of communication, its young professionals come to us well prepared to make an impact on their first day. Because they are strategic in their thinking and creative in their approaches, many of our AU alumni have become leaders at our firm.”

Michael Kempner, BS ’81 – President & CEO, MWW Group, Member, SOC Dean’s Advisory Council, Participant, SOC Alumni Mentoring Program, Winner, PR Week’s 2008 PR Professional of the Year Award, Winner, PR News’ 2008 Platinum Award for Mid-sized Agency of the Year

Career Center

SOC has two full time Career Advisors to help its students land internships and plan their career. Find out more here.

Fellowships

SOC offers prestigious merit-based awards to full-time public communication graduate applicants in partnership with several organizations. MA candidates receive a scholarship for a designated number of academic credits plus a stipend and an opportunity to pursue professional projects on a part-time basis with some of the country's finest news organizations. Read more.

Click here to meet our current academic fellows.

Mentoring Program

SOC's unique mentoring program is brought to you through a partnership between the School of Communication, AU Career Center, and SOC Development Team. It is a program that bridges the gap between the classroom and the professional world as students prepare for future careers in communication. Each year SOC students who are admitted to the program are paired with thriving SOC alumni for career advice. Whether it is guiding mentees toward the solidification of short and long term career goals, sharing tips to improve resumes and portfolios or helping students network their way into the communication fields, professional mentors are an invaluable source of knowledge and experience for students. Read more.

“The SOC Alumni Mentoring Program was an incredibly rewarding experience for me. I still keep in touch with my mentor, Carey Earle, and she was definitely instrumental in helping me to make the right decision in choosing my current job.”
— Erin Bijas, BA, ’05 Senior Account Executive, MWW Group

American University chapter of PRSSA

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the only student organization at AU devoted to the understanding and practice of public relations. As a member, you can get involved in the Society's numerous national programs, gain exposure to professional development, leadership development, educational and networking opportunities.

The AU PRSSA hosts school-wide events to give its members a foothold into the professional world in the DC area as well as multiple regional conferences that bring together PRSSA members from surrounding universities to network with PR professionals and learn about the latest trends in the industry.

Internships

Internships are a way of life at SOC. The School of Communication offers undergrad and graduate students the opportunity to get course credit for one internship but most students have two or three, thanks to faculty and alumni who share their professional contacts.

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Internships: Ferenc Koszorus

SOC feri Facebook intern

Ferenc Koszorus interned at Facebook DC headquarters.

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Internships: Breanna Edwards

American University School of Communication student Breanna Edwards, left, works at the Sunlight Foundation as an SOC Dean's Intern.

Breanna Edwards interned at the Sunlight Foundation.

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Video: How to Make the Most Out of Your Internship

SOC Charlotte Hendrix and Steve Buttry

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