Important Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 information

Public Relations Advisors:

Professor Lolita Cummings-Carson
Monday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and by appointment

Professor Regina Luttrell
Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and by appointment

Summer Public Relations Courses:

Session 1 – EMU campus

PURL 221 – Fundamentals of Social Media (Tuesdays – Hybrid)

PURL 201 – Public Relations and Public Responsibility (Fully Online)

Livonia Campus

PURL 317 — Crisis Management for Public Relations (Thursday’s/Hybrid 6 Week course)

PURL 314 — Writing for Public Relations (Mon/Wed 6 Week Course)

Fall 2015 Public Relations Courses:

PURL 312 – Introduction to Public Relations

PURL 314 – Public Relations Writing

PURL 221 – Fundamentals of Social Media

PURL 333 – Integrated Campaigns

PURL 408 – Case Studies

PURL 490 – Internship (requires professor approval)

Networking in the 21st Century

Being a student in the public relations program is great because it allows for students to learn about many avenues of public relations from politics, government, marketing, etc. In addition being a public relations student allows you to take skills learned in the classroom and apply them to the real world. Another important aspect of being a public relations student is networking, because efficient and effective networking could lead to your next opportunity.

Now when we say networking most people believe this to be attending job fairs and collecting business cards or speaking with representatives of companies we want to intern or work for. However, networking is interacting with any and everybody, because we are not aware of other people’s connections, who they are or the influence they have on the industry we want to break into.

Source: Teleport My Job

Source: Teleport My Job

For example, I was scheduled to attend a conference in Washington D.C. for the International Students for Liberty organization, however I missed my bus. I was terribly upset that I missed the conference, because I knew this event would provide me with access to people with similar mindsets and an interest in Libertarianism, which could lead to something more. However, after missing this opportunity I felt defeated, but realized there would be many other opportunities to learn from these influential individuals so instead of driving to the conference I drove to Maryland to spend time with my fiancée and our friend for a weekend.

After arriving in Maryland and getting settled in we eventually commuted to Washington D.C. to attend Ben’s Chili Bowl for some lunch. Ben’s Chili Bowl, is considered a prestigious place where celebrities frequent and success stories happen. While eating lunch one of the owners named Vida Ali, dropped by our table to inquire about the food and service. In the process she began telling us about the culture and how people that have walked through the doors of Ben’s Chili Bowl have been successful. Their mission is that when one person becomes successful they’ll come back and be influential and the process will continuously repeat.

While sitting at the table and making conversation for about ten minutes she mentioned that she was a publicist in California before coming to Washington D.C. Next, my friend mentioned that I was going into public relations and wanted to work in politics. Ali then informed me that she wants me to come back to D.C. to meet with some of her connections and the owner Marshall Brown tapped me on the shoulder to tell me that after I graduate I had a job.

The purpose of me saying this is that wherever you attend you have to be willing to network with whomever is in front of you, because the average person can be influential and carry you to your next journey. I didn’t expect to meet anyone while on vacation, but when she offered to help me, I was willing to accept it. One important thing I will keep with me throughout being a student and in my professional career is that, “if you think you can make it on your own without the help of someone else, I guarantee you cannot.”


DeAndre Brown
VP of Community Relations

Reaching out for internships

Applying to internship postings is great but sometimes there are not a lot of them. Reach out! Contact the agency, company or nonprofit directly. Not every place advertises their internship opportunities. Also, a lot of places are willing to have an intern. You can create your own internship.

Source: Game Informer

Source: Game Informer

Send an email. In the email, start by introducing yourself and education details. Next, explain your interest in doing an internship at the agency, company or nonprofit and ask if they have internships available. Be sure to state when you want to do this internship (i.e. summer or fall).

Make sure to attach your resume. If possible include a cover letter and writing samples. Be patient it can take days or even weeks before you get a response.

Sometimes to land an internship you have to get creative. The worst that can happen is the place responding that they do not have internships available.

Daizchane Baker


PRSSA is hosting its first Talent Forum on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in McKenney Guild Hall at 6 p.m. We are looking for talented EMU students to perform one act each of their choosing. Singers, actors performing monologues, comedians, and artists are all encouraged to participate.

Source: Her Campus

Source: Her Campus

interested, please send your name and description of your act to Leah Rodriguez, PRSSA’s Special Events Coordinator, at Requests for registration must be submitted by Monday, March 23, 2015.


Leah Rodriguez
VP of Special Events and Public Relations

Detroit Zoological Society Seeks PR Interns for Summer

Want to mingle with the macaronis and pal around with the polar bears while learning valuable PR and communications skills? Then the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) has the internship for you!

The DZS is seeking college student interns for the summer who are in their junior or senior year and studying Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or related fields. Interns will be responsible for researching and drafting press releases, talking points, newsletter profiles, web content, Facebook status updates and other PR-related copy; proofing and editing copy; scheduling and coordinating media interviews; escorting media through the Zoo during video/photo shoots; assisting with commercial and motion picture film shoots and special events; updating website and mobile app content; and performing other PR-related assignments.

Interns will work closely with the Communications staff and other interns while learning valuable skills needed in the Public Relations workforce. Excellent writing and public speaking skills are a plus.

The duration of the internship is early May through late August; 16-24 hours (two to three days) per week. This is a non-paid internship, and it is mandatory that students receive course credit.

The Detroit Zoological Society is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in our workforce. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse screening.

The deadline for resumes is March 6, 2015.

Please apply here:


Send resume to:       Patricia Janeway, Communications Director

at with a cc. to

Please put “Summer PR Internship” in the Subject line.

Fall 2015 Internship with Governor Rick Snyder

Applications are due by April 17, 2015Potential candidates will be contacted by May 1, 2015,with information on how to proceed to the next step in the application process.

Students must be 18 years old and able to pass a background and drug test. Students must also be enrolled in a two or four year accredited college program.

Please note that this internship is held in Lansing, MI. 

This internship is unpaid but college credit is available. Internships is available for the following positions: appointments, communications, constituent relations, legislative affairs, scheduling, strategy and the office of urban and metropolitan initiatives. Details about each position can be found on Snyder’s website.

To apply for the internship, students must submit an one to two page personal  statement and a resume to

For more information, visit the website.

EMU PR is on social media

Interested in staying connected with the Eastern Michigan University’s Public Relations Program? Well it’s your lucky day, the program is on social media.

Stay up to date on the latest events, receive words of wisdom from our PR faculty and meet our students of the week. Each week we will highlight a new student from the public relations program, as well as provide informational and entertaining content

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Andrea Mellendorf
Chief Financial Officer