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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.

Connor Sams


Connor came to Northwestern as a public relations major because he knew he wanted to work with people, especially in the world of professional sports.

Connor's story

Graham Kinsinger

Sports marketer

A Chicago internship with a sports PR firm led Graham to a position as digital marketing coordinator for the world's fifth largest professional tennis tournament.

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