Weber Shandwick, a leading global public relations agency with offices in 81 countries around the world, welcomed PRSSA members to its St. Louis office. Students were intrigued by the energy flowing through this creative agency from the minute they walked in the door and were greeted at the front desk.
Laura High, senior account executive, gave students a tour of the Weber Shandwick offices followed by a Q-and-A with her and two other colleagues. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable insight into the public relations industry, including getting some excellent interviewing tips.
High encouraged students to be media consumers and reminded them that interviewers will often ask job candidates, “What publications do you read?” High also emphasized the importance of strong writing skills and recommended students find opportunities to practice their writing through the campus newspaper or by reaching out to nonprofit organizations as a volunteer. She also commended each of them for their participation in PRSSA and said their membership in the professional student organization is an asset.
At the end of the tour, students walked out energized about their chosen profession and eager to seek out ways to gain more experience while continuing their education. One way they can do that is by attending next week’s PRSSA meeting on March 21.
In addition to a media relations guest speaker, Amber Schmisseur will share information with members about volunteer and internship opportunities with the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association, and Greg Williams will share information about a social media internship opportunity with State Farm. Members should make plans to attend this informative meeting.
In the meantime, pull up a chair and let’s talk.