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Message matters. Public relations executive, social media strategist, corporate marketer, media relations liaison or speech writer ... Careers for public relations professionals are fast-growing and fast-paced, and strong communicators are in demand in every professional arena.

Academic programs

Whether your message is a press conference, corporate blog, social media posting, campaign speech or image-building community event, studying public relations and the art of communication will help you develop your ability to be heard.  Explore programs


Northwestern’s public relations professors are also professional communicators. They’ve published their own writing and managed public perception for a variety of businesses and organizations.  Explore faculty

Real-world experience

From your freshman year, you’ll have opportunities to build your portfolio through practicums that offer practical public relations and communications experience. As an upperclassman, you'll put your skills to work in an internship near campus or elsewhere in the U.S., leading to valuable hands-on experience that will impress a future employer.

Jadeyn Sjaarda

Passionate for PR

Jadeyn hopes to work in event planning and fundraising, with her sights set on one day starting a nonprofit to assist people who have been rescued from human trafficking.

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Jodi Janssen

Spreading good news

A successful internship experience at an advertising agency launched Jodi's career in communications.

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