Students often ask where they can find a job or internship in the field of communication or public relations in the St. Louis area. Below are several resources that may be
helpful to you!
STEP 1: REVIEW YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS & RESUME.
Be sure your social media accounts are ready to be viewed by potential employers. Here is a great resource/checklist for your LinkedIn page, but also be sure to check your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and just general search results under your name to see what prospective employers will see when they vet you online.
Resume Review: Ask at least five people you trust who work in your industry to review your resume to give you feedback on how to improve it. *This podcast episode with Bola Sokunbi is also is full of a lot of great resume tips.
STEP 2: LOOK AT JOB BOARDS.
Apply for Jobs. Review the market. Look at a variety of things to see what communication positions are out there.
General Job Boards:
- Maryville’s myCareer: Maryville’s Career Success & Professional Office runs an excellent website for Maryville students and alumni. Search keywords like “public relations” and “health communication” to get started.
- InternStL.com is another great job board that lists internships with creative companies.
- Twitter: Follow @MaryvilleComm for several job postings sent out on Twitter.
- Canvas COMM Program Hub: All current students should be enrolled in the Canvas Comm Program Hub. We will post internships and jobs regularly there under Announcements, so be sure to check there for recent internship listings.
Nonprofit Position Job Boards:
- The Rome Group: This is the best job board for nonprofit organizations jobs in St. Louis. Be sure to search under Marketing/Comm/PR and Development, which will include fundraising, volunteer coordination, event planning, and donor relations jobs that are perfect for someone with a communication degree.
- StL HERC: Search for jobs at local universities in PR, alumni relations, and development.
- The St. Louis Attractions Association: An incredible list of internship opportunities at local attractions in St. Louis.
- St. Louis Community Service Public Relations Council: This is a professional association that many nonprofit communication professionals belong to. They have student rates for their monthly luncheons.
- Fleishman-Hillard: Fleishman-Hillard is an international communications firm headquartered in downtown St. Louis. They have an incredible full-time, paid internship program in addition to many full time positions.
- Weber-Shandwick: Weber-Shandwick is a global communication firm with a St. Louis office and they often have internship positions and full-time staff positions available.
- Edelman: Edelman is a global communication firm headquartered in both Chicago/New York.
- Creative Anvil (founded by a Maryville alum)
- Vandiver Group (Located in Maryville Centre!)
- Standing Partnership
- New Honor Society (HQ in Chicago, but office in STL)
- Hauser Group
- Osborn Barr
- Common Ground PR (Located in Chesterfield)
- Falk Harrison
- 2e Creative
- SLAM Marketing + Media
- vFluence Interactive
- Rodgers Townsend
- Spry Digital
- O’Malley Hansen
- Evolve Digital Labs
- Abstrakt Marketing (lead generation company)
- Brighton Agency
- Ansira (HQ in STL)
- Kuhlmann Leavitt
- Creative Producers Group
- Centric Group
- 10x/Studios (formerly Twist)
- FUSE Advertising
- GRA | MATR
- Coolfire Studios
- Glance Creative
- Think Tank
- Ad Savants
- There is virtually an endless list of digital, mid-sized, and boutique communication firms in St. Louis. Above are a few where you can start looking for an internship or a position, but use Google to find many more!
Other Excellent Resources and Job Boards:
- Public Relations Society of America – St. Louis Chapter
- The St. Louis Egoist: Creative and advertising positions in St. Louis.
- Ad Club St. Louis: A fun board with a variety of advertising and PR posts in St. Louis.
- Local Chambers of Commerce are a great way to find business in a particular geographic area of St. Louis. Do a Google search with the keyword “Chamber of Commerce” and the town you are looking for and you’ll find it. For a few examples, here are the sites for Chesterfield, Maplewood, St. Charles, and Belleville (IL), but the list is endless.
- St. Louis’ Corporate Employers: St. Louis is home to several large employers who often have positions available in communication-related departments. Look through the career pages of some of these major employers to see if they have any positions open in the field of communication. The St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association has an excellent list to get you started.
STEP 3: ATTEND NETWORKING EVENTS.
- Attend Venture Cafe which happens every Thursday afternoon in the Cortex District.
- Talk to people. Listen. Ask them about their jobs and what they like, don’t like, and what they wish they knew. Learn something new. See what people are talking about. We are happy to help you strategize about ways to network with professional associations like the St. Louis Social Media Club, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Public Relations Society of America – St. Louis chapter, the American Marketing Association – St. Louis Chapter, the International Association of Business Communication – St. Louis chapter, the Community Service Public Relations Council, Meeting Professionals International, and the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis. These professional associations typically host monthly events and one or two large annual events that vary in price and that give you a chance to learn about different trends in communication in St. Louis and to meet some of the key players in your specific area of interest within communication.
- Another resource for finding out about general networking events is The Business Networking Calendar.
STEP 4: JOIN A YOUNG FRIENDS GROUP.
- There are also many young professional groups in St. Louis like St. Louis Young Pros (Meetup), Revitalize St. Louis, the Young Friends of the St. Louis Art Museum the Young Professionals of the St. Louis Zoo, Young Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Contemporary Art Museum Junior Board and many more. These groups are social but do events in the interest of a particular nonprofit organization. Almost every medium- to large- nonprofit has a group that plans events and supports the organization while giving members of the groups a chance to socialize and network. Join a young friend board of a hospital if you are interested in Health Communication. Join the Art Museum’s Young Friend group if you are interested in working at an arts organization. You all know that I am a huge supporter of our students getting involved in these organizations and/or attending an event or two every month to learn more about what is happening in our field and in our city. You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll learn!
What other resources should be added to this list? Leave me a comment and I’ll edit it to include them. Happy internship/job hunting!