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Message matters. Public relations executive, social media strategist, corporate marketer, media relations liaison or speech writer ... Careers for public relations professionals are fast-growing and fast-paced, and strong communicators are in demand in every professional arena.

Academic programs

Whether your message is a press conference, corporate blog, social media posting, campaign speech or image-building community event, studying public relations and the art of communication will help you develop your ability to be heard.  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.

Adebola Adeyemo

Aiming to inspire

Passionate about communication, Adebola puts her PR skills into practice on campus with various clubs and events on campus.

Adebola's story

Brianna Petrauskas

Pro communicator

Brianna found her niche through the many “real-world” experiences Northwestern's public relations program offers.

Brianna's story

Graham Kinsinger

Sports marketer

A Chicago internship with a sports PR firm jump-started Graham's marketing career in professional athletics.

Graham's story

Jodi Stahl

Spreading good news

A successful internship experience at an advertising agency launched Jodi's career in communications.

Jodi's story