Knowledge is power: Take advantage of campus resources

By: Sarah Ombry

Members of PRSSA visit Tanner Friedman's office in Farmington Hills, Mich. during a Detroit firm tour last fall.
Members of PRSSA visit Tanner Friedman’s office in Farmington Hills, Mich. during a Detroit firm tour last fall.

When I came to MSU I knew that I wanted to be involved with the College of Communication Arts & Sciences and that I wanted to go into PR. I heard about PRSSA, Hubbell Connections and all of the resources available to students and wanted to get involved, but I just wasn’t sure how. The looming thought of “I won’t know anyone” was always in the back of my mind. Now, as a senior, I wish I would have I had pushed that out of my head the minute the thought came to me. Getting involved and taking advantage of campus resources is the key to getting ahead as a PR star.

Build relationships with staff – I got my first event planning internship through a professor I had, which opened more doors than I could have imagined. Some people find talking with professors to be nerve-racking but they have a world of experience to learn from. By getting to know your professors, especially in classes that interest you, you can get great intel about the industry.

PRSSA & Hubbell Connections – these organizations give you opportunities to meet successful MSU grads currently working in the PR industry and build relationships with other PR stars! Attending your first meeting is always the most intimidating but soon it becomes something you look forward to every other week. Speakers come from all industries from technology to lifestyle to entertainment PR. Now as a senior, my only regret was that I did not get involved my freshman and sophomore year. Getting exposed to what PRSSA and Hubbell Connections are can lead to leadership opportunities as well, which are great resume builders.

MSU ComArtSci Career Center – the career center is a job-searcher’s dream. It’s a great resource for students of all levels: career/interest counseling appointments, resumé critiques, cover letter help, events and more. Communications related internships are constantly being posted and they also put on the ComArtSci Connect, the college’s career fair where you can meet with employers one-on-one. Simply getting to know them and the services that are offered to students can help whether you’re a first semester freshman or graduating senior.

Stepping out of your comfort zone, pushing those “I won’t know anyone” thoughts out of your head and diving into the amazing PR community at Michigan State will set you up perfectly for the future. Don’t be afraid to get involved!


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