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Resource Guide for Job/Internship Hunting

*This page last edited November 2019.

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.
  • Google yourself to see what comes up.
  • Resume Review Tips:
    • 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 list of resume tips from The Muse is a great place to start.
    • This podcast episode with Bola Sokunbi is also is full of a lot of great resume tips.

STEP 2: LOOK AT JOB BOARDS.

Review the market. Look at a variety of job advertisements to see what communication positions are out there. Apply for many jobs (average 5 a day until you secure a position). 

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 ChesterfieldMid-County (Maplewood/Brentwood/etc)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. 

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 ZooContemporary 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!

Rebecca Dohrman

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

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