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By, Hannah Scott

A growing, dynamic, technology-driven field, public relations can be a great fit for students with strong writing abilities and an interest in new communication platforms. Gwen Nichols, senior public relations major at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh shares her insights about her time studying public relations, along with extremely helpful advice about internships. 

Majoring in Public Relations
With a strong writing ability and a creative mind, Gwen discovered public relations after enrolling at UW Oshkosh. She was drawn to the strategic communication approach of the major and wide variety of possibilities the field offered. In addition to her coursework, Gwen explored other opportunities to learn more about public relations, including getting involved in UW Oshkosh’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter. 

Gwen shares some life lessons learned along the way and her tips to being successful in PR and finding internships. Internships provide a valuable opportunity to apply classroom knowledge within a professional setting, instill important lessons regarding professionalism and provide real life experience. Students also make professional connections and begin to grow their professional network. 

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