About the program
MWWPR, one of the world’s leading independent, integrated PR agencies, is partnering with American University to launch a Z-Suite program. This program is designed to give students the opportunity to provide Gen-Z insights and ideas to MWWPR account teams for existing and future clients. The program gives students exposure to the actual challenges and opportunities PR professionals work on every day. It’s an opportunity for students to get real-world experience virtually while being paid for their ideas and insights.
Thirty-three-years young, MWWPR is among the world’s leading independent, integrated PR agencies with nine offices across the US and the UK. Powered by data and guided by insights, intellect and human instincts, the agency leans heavily into a digitally-led, content-driven approach. Its mission is to ignite influence and impact to help organizations matter more to those who matter most.
With dedicated insights, strategy, data and analytics, digital and content and creative teams, MWWPR’s expertise spans Consumer Lifestyle Marketing, Corporate Communications and Reputation Management, Public Affairs, Issues & Crisis Management, LGBTQ, Technology, Sports & Entertainment, B2B, Food & Beverage and Health & Wellness. In 2018, MWWPR was named Independent Public Relations Consultancy of the Year for Americas by the International Communications Consultancy Organization (ICCO).
American University’s School of Communication is the only professional school in Washington that brings journalism, film, public relations and communication studies together, with an international perspective and a focus on new media and entrepreneurship. SOC empowers undergraduates and graduates in its programs to tell stories that influence change, inspire action, and transform our communities and our world.
What We Need
We are looking for up to 10 undergraduate and graduate PR/Strategic Communication students. This experiential learning opportunity will allow participants to hone their skills and gain a better understanding of the ever-evolving PR industry. Z-Suite will have the opportunity to work directly with MWWPR associates to receive counsel, feedback and mentoring.
Each month, Z-Suiters will receive prompts to respond to. You must respond to a minium of three prompts per month to receive the stipend. Each response should be no more than a page. It is expected that those accepted into the cohort will complete at least nine prompts between October to January. Failure to participate consistently will result in termination from the program and forfeiture of the remaining stipend.
Z-Suiters who are U.S. citizens will be receive a stipend of $300 for every three prompts completed from October through January. All participants also will be required to attend a mandatory virtual onboarding meeting prior to the launch of the program. In addition, students in the cohort will sign a nondisclosure agreement.
What You Have to Have (Education and Experience Requirements)
- Must be enrolled in one of these degree programs – BA in Public Relations/Strategic Communication, MA in Strategic Communication, MA in Political Communication
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be an AB-540 student/DACA recipient. International students may also apply but likely cannot be compensated due to VISA requirements
- Historically underrepresented minority students and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply
- Superior oral and written communication skills; proofreading and editing ability
- Maintain a professional, client-ready demeanor and presentation; keep a high standard of etiquette in all communications and interactions
Success Factors and Other Details
- Avid consumer of all forms of news, trends and insights and the ability to apply that knowledge to challenges
- Ability to think strategically, creatively and proactively; exhibit a facility for problem solving, creative and innovative thinking and close attention to detail
- Desire to pursue knowledge and professional development
Applicants should submit the following materinals to be considered. Send a short email telling us why you want to be a Z-Suiter, include your resume as a PDF (no more than one page,) and respond to this sample challenge. An example can be found here. All applications must be received by October 9, 2019. Application materials should be emailed to MWWPR@american.edu. If you are selected for the Fall 2019 cohort, you will need to attend a mandatory training session that will be held virtually.
EEO and Diversity Statement
MWW is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity. EOE/AA/M/F/V/D.
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.