Contact Nancy Kerr, Media Communication Program Director
We highly encourage and support our Public Relations majors to take a semester of international study. It's an incredibly valuable learning experience. Pulled out of your comfort zone, you will come to appreciate the nuances of other cultures and how critical it is to be sensitive to them no matter where you are in the world. Through study abroad, you'll also become a savvy traveler, an important skill for a Public Relations professional.
In the second semester of your Junior year, you have the option to study abroad at one of the Champlain Abroad campuses, in either Montreal, Canada or Dublin, Ireland. In Dublin, many students take the Non-Profit and Social Marketing course where they become involved with the nonprofit organization Hireland. In Montreal, students have the opportunity to intern in local strategic communications positions. Alternatively, you can take a semester studying anywhere in the world through our Global Partners Program or one of our third-party international study partners. Many Public Relations students have studied abroad in Australia, England and Italy.
Working closely with your Program Director, you will be able to accommodate a semester abroad, which could potentially include an international internship, while satisfying all of the required coursework for your Public Relations major.
In the extensive research Champlain has conducted over many years with the business community and public-sector organizations, "Global Appreciation" has emerged as an essential competency employers seek in their employees.
Champlain has taken a highly proactive position on cultivating this competency by ensuring that the College has embedded pioneering international learning across the curriculum.
Additionally, Champlain expects every student to engage in a study-abroad experience, and has designed the curriculum of our majors to support a semester of international study. What does this mean to you? You can study in another country, and even take an internship, and still graduate on time.
Experiences living in another country will make your more culturally sensitive, both personally and professionally, and give you a better grasp of the international policies, complexities and power of other cultural narratives.