Career Options

Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations go on into careers such as:

  • Public relations managers
  • Media relations specialists
  • Public relations and public affairs staff
  • Strategic communication specialists
  • Public relations writers
  • Public relations account coordinators
  • Social media specialists
  • Event planners
  • Digital communication specialists
  • Political communication specialists

Communication Internship Benefits

Research from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has shown that students who graduate with internship experience receive higher entry-level salaries, are more likely to be hired after graduation, and experience less time searching for jobs than graduates without internship experience. As a public relations major, your required 3-unit internship will help you develop your portfolio and set you up for success in the career field of your choice.

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Internship Placements

Previous PR majors have been placed in internships at the following companies:

  • BTB Management (social media intern)
  • Merritt Group (PR intern)
  • Zama Sports (social media/marketing intern)
  • Prodigy Public Relations (PR intern, specializing in films)
  • Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks (PR intern)
  • Voguish Events and Design
  • ID PR
  • Marathon Digital
  • PAN Communications
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • Inspired by This
  • Olmstead Williams Communications

Starting Salary1

According to PRWeek, the average starting salary for entry-level PR jobs is between $53,000 and $55,000. The average salary for a PR professional in Los Angeles with more than five years of experience is $115,000. Growth is 7.5% per year.


  1. Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit
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