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Find a Career in Public Relations

With courses in such areas as Photojournalism, Public Relations Case Study, Media Law, and Organizational Communication, students learn how businesses and organizations communicate effectively. Students then apply this knowledge and hone their skills through hands-on projects at BHSU and throughout the region.

Every business and organization is involved with Public Relations, and careers can be found in a number of fields. Some students choose to work in advertising, while others find employment with media outlets, and a few become public information officers.

The Public Relations program at BHSU offers:

  • Internships with local, regional, or national organizations.
  • Opportunities to participate in a number of campus organizations, such as the student-run newspaper, radio, and TV stations.
  • Highly motivated faculty with real-world experience
  • A Public Relations Club that provides practical experiences outside of the classroom

 

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.

FIND YOUR CAREER

There are employment opportunities in a variety of sectors:
» Advertisement
» Audio/Video Specialist
» Broadcaster
» Commercial Photographer
» Creative/Art Designer
» Drone Photographer
» Filmmaker
» Fine Art Photographer
» Graphic Designer
» International PR Specialist
» Journalist
» Logo Designer 
» Multimedia Specialist
» News Editor/Writer
» Photojournalist
» Portrait/Wedding Photographer
» PR Agent
» Reporter
» Speech Writer
» Science Outreach Specialist
» Social Media Content Photographer
» Studio Product Photographer
» Radio Announcer
» Wed Designer

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CHRISTEL PETERS

CLASS OF 2017
PUBLIC RELATIONS EMPHASIS
RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR FOR UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

“It’s so exciting to be a part of a growing company serving 66 countries globally. I manage a global dealer network for B9Creations across six continents. I cannot imagine being able to take on this role without the experiential learning opportunities that BHSU provided me."

GET INVOLVED ON CAMPUS

JACKET JOURNAL AND BHSU MEDIA.COM

Open to all BHSU students, the Jacket Journal newspaper is an award-winning campus organization. Several 400-level labs and the Jacket Journal staff produce a hard-copy newspaper as well as the student campus media online website BHSUmedia.com. Editorial, production, photography, and advertising staff positions are available each semester. Contact Mary.CatonRosser@BHSU.edu to learn more.

THE BUZZ FM

Bringing the best and only alternative to Spearfish, S.D. The Buzz is the university’s student run radio station. Students from any background or major are welcome. Contact Scott.Clarke@BHSU.edu to learn more or tune in to 89.1 and 90.7 FM to listen.

KBHU-TV

Students experience television broadcasting by servicing the campus with informational and entertaining programs. Contact Scott.Clarke@BHSU.edu to learn more.

PUBLIC RELATIONS CLUB

BHSU Public Relations club is a professional development group for students focused on career enhancement, community involvement, conferencing, competition, and networking for internships and careers across the country. The group has regional and national affiliations that provide many opportunities for students to network with professional organizations, such as Public Relations Society of America. Contact Mary.CatonRosser@BHSU.edu to learn more.

SHUTTERBUZZ

Whether students are photography majors or simply someone who enjoys photography as a hobby, this organization is open to all. Get involved in regional or national trips, fundraisers, and small adventures for photographers at every level. Shutterbuzz is a student-run organization that brings photographers together. Contact Skott.Chandler@BHSU.edu to learn more.

Q: How does a non-traditional Mass Communication major from Black Hills State University end up working at the premier underground research facility in the U.S.?

A: “In my case it was through an internship. At the time the Sanford Lab communications department was looking for interns who could help produce a video about the facility. It was the professors who recommended that I apply for the internship.”

MATT KAPUST, CLASS OF 2010,
MULTIMEDIA EMPHASIS
CREATIVE SERVICES DIRECTOR AT SANFORD UNDERGROUND LAB

Contact Info

Mary Caton-Rosser
Mary.CatonRosser@BHSU.edu
Phone: 605.642.6422
BHSU.edu/MassCommunication

Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799