Here’s a great one that we missed last week: as more industry organizations continue to partner with schools in the interest of teaching young people the hands-on, real-world applications of the public relations skill set, The University of Maryland‘s PR department has put event management responsibilities into its students’ hands.
This is no small get-together, either: it’s the Sixth Annual Grunig Lecture Series, set to take place on October 30th. Organized by the Institute for Public Relations and the Council of Public Relations Firms, it will feature Fleishman-Hilliard president/CEO and CPR chair Dave Senay leading a series of conversations on the theme “Ethics As Culture”—and it will all be managed by a group of 10 university PR majors who go by “the Grunig team.”
As one senior puts it:
“I’m receiving three credits for this, but we’re also setting the precedent for as long as the series continues. Everyone will be learning from our mistakes.”
Event organizer and UM communications chair Elizabeth Toth says “It is important to our students to learn how to apply what they learn in the classroom”, and we agree: could there be a better way to utilize the real-world skills you’ve accumulated while earning credit at the same time?
*Image via The University of Maryland