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Emily Chavez - Public Relations

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.


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Maria Jutton

 Maria Jutton is a fourth-year 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.


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