Public relations executive, magazine editor, social media coordinator, speechwriter or campaign manager … Careers for communicators are fast-growing and fast-paced. And the technologies change as quickly as the stories you’ll tell.

Academic programs

Whether your message is a speech, news story, feature article or corporate newsletter, studying public relations will help you develop your communication skills. 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.

Endless options

In addition to his public relations major, Stephen is minoring in political science. His dream career is working as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., on behalf of a nonprofit organization.

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On message

A successful internship experience at Sioux Falls advertising agency Lawrence & Schiller led to a full-time job offer, which Jodi accepted after graduating a semester early ...

Jodi's story