Posted October 7, 2019
By Maria Jutton, Dean's Communications Fellow
When Emily Chavez came to South Carolina, she wasn’t confident in her choice to major
in public relations. But after seeing the variety of skills she’d learn while in the
program, she knew she’d made the right decision.
“It was a good combination of my love for writing, media and getting to talk to people,”
she says. “It ended up being a perfect mix of everything that I wanted, and I ended
up sticking with it.”
Her favorite part of being a student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications
is working with skilled writing professors and developing connections in the field
of public relations. One way Chavez has been able to network effectively is through
being a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America, an organization
focused on helping students build career opportunities.
In summer 2019, Chavez worked at Publicis Health Media in Chicago as an advertising
intern. She handled media buying and tracking social media and website traffic for
the health care agency. Chavez learned new skills in the advertising industry and
gained a new appreciation for media.
“The media space is so intertwined,” she says. “It was cool to see it all come together
and to see how everybody has their hands on the media.”
After she graduates, Chavez would like to work at a public relations agency in Chicago.
She is also open to pursuing opportunities in the advertising industry, due to her
recent internship experience.
Maria Jutton is a fourth-year print journalism student and Dean's Communications
Fellow at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She is especially passionate
about international communications and will pursue overseas work after she graduates
in May 2020.