Bachelor of Communication – Public Relations

What kinds of work experience opportunities may be available?

As a Public Relations student, you could be offered a work experience position in Calgary, throughout Alberta or across Canada. Many work experience opportunities are located outside of Calgary, so students should be prepared to relocate.

Public Relations students can expect to work in corporate, non-profit, agency or government sectors in many different areas that include working independently or as part of a communications team. You may use your writing, research, communication planning and desktop publishing skills to accomplish such tasks as planning a special event, designing/producing visual communication materials, developing/conducting employee surveys and writing/editing for a variety of audiences.

How do I prepare for my work experience term(s)?

All Public Relations students are required to register and complete COMM 4890, a non-credit course entitled Public Relations Workplace Issues and Preparation Seminar during the Fall semester of the third year of the degree program.

This mandatory course meets once a week and combines lectures and tutorial elements. Instructions will be provided in areas including how to create targeted resumes, cover letters and portfolios. Employment interviews will be discussed and practiced, and students will actively engage with working public relations practitioners. The work experience coordinator in Career Services will provide assistance throughout, including instruction in applying for work terms.

When do I do my work experience term(s)?

For graduation purposes, Public Relations students are required to complete two, non-credit work experience terms. The first of these two work terms must be completed during the spring semester following six semesters of credit courses. The second work term is completed in the winter semester of the fourth year. These work experience opportunities provide students with valuable “hands-on” experience and allow them to put their academic education to work.

What about expenses?

  • Both COMM 4890 and each work term are non-credit courses and have fees attached to them. Please consult the 2017/18 Fee Schedule for more information.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation costs to and from the work site.
  • If you accept a position outside of Calgary, you will be responsible for your own relocation and living expenses in that location unless otherwise indicated by the employer.