Thursday, April 8, 2021
This event will be presented virtually via Zoom.
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Internships are an essential part of a career in public relations, but between classes, jobs, families, and financial obligations, many students have to move mountains in order to add an internship to their schedules.
Studies show that unpaid internships perpetuate racial and gender-based inequalities in the workplace. As employers, it is our responsibility to ensure that equal access is granted to students to obtain this essential experience.
This program will educate members about these barriers and present ways that companies can create internship programs that level the playing field.
Moderator: Kaletha Henry and Mary Miles
Seana Coulter, Director for the Center for Career Development at Morgan State University
Julie Gowin, Outreach Coordinator, for the University of Maryland Department of Communication internship programhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/juliegowin/
Charles Greene, CEO and Executive Director, Trusts for Childrenhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesgreene/
Themes we will explore:
The challenges that students face when trying to complete an internship, particularly students from minority backgrounds.
The importance of equity in the office, from the interns to the C-suite.
The responsibility that the business community and PR pros have in creating opportunities for future students.
Questions We Will Explore:
In what ways can employers provide better opportunities to ensure students from various backgrounds are receiving a fair chance on their career path?
Essentially, what should students be able to gain from a valuable internship?
As a business-owner, what is the benefit of investing in your internship program and what is your approach for selecting who qualifies?
What steps can companies and businesses take to eliminate bias from their internship process?
In what ways may an employer consciously or unconsciously be profiling a student just by reviewing their resume?
What are some of the ways that companies can evolve their internships to be more equitable?
What feedback have you received from students who have had challenges securing internship opportunities?
Can you identify some of the ways in which students may enhance their connections through networking and how they may find networking opportunities?
What advice would you give yourself if you were a student today entering public relations and communications?
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