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Resource Guide for Job/Internship Hunting

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 GroupThis 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.

Communication Agencies/Firms:

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 ChesterfieldMaplewoodSt. 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. 

STEP 4: JOIN A YOUNG FRIENDS GROUP. 

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!

Rebecca Dohrman

Dr. Rebecca Dohrman is an Associate Professor of Communication at Maryville University.

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