CPRS is committed to helping connect industry with student workers. Everyone benefits when organizations get the enthusiastic student workers they require and students get the experience and skills they need to kick start their PR career.

In this section, both employers and students will find information about opportunities and related programs available in industry or through Calgary educational institutions.

For more information, employers may contact the educational institutions directly; students may contact the CPRS Calgary student representative for your school.

Mount Royal University

Do you have too much work and not enough resources? Are you working on a big project this summer and need assistance? Mount Royal University can help.

We have many eager and capable students seeking a four-month work term. This is an employer-paid work experience forming part of Mount Royal University’s Bachelor of Communication Studies (Public Relations) degree program. These students are skilled and ready to hit-the-ground-running for your organization. Public Relations students are available to complete the first of two work terms during the spring semester (May through August) following six semesters of credit courses. The second work term is completed in the winter semester of the fourth year (January through April).

The work experience opportunity allows students to apply and enhance the knowledge and skills acquired through classroom learning to an industry setting. When students go on their first work experience they have completed six academic semesters and have hands-on experience in research methods, applied and technical writing, computer mediated communication, event management, media relations and much more.

If you could use an extra set of qualified hands this summer, please consider one of our talented public relations students. For more information or to post a term position, please contact Ashley Archer, Work Experience Coordinator at (403) 440-6231.

Further information is also available through the MRU career services website. 

University of Calgary

Communications Studies students at the University of Calgary have the opportunity to participate in the Co-operative Education program where they alternate academic study with paid work terms. The University of Calgary Communications Studies co-op program provides work experience but also brings together practice and theory so that Communications Studies majors have a better grasp of how communication concepts are applied in the real world. Students develop skills in writing, speaking, research, analysis, an understanding of communications technology, an awareness of communications media and their impact on society. Students are available for 4-8 month periods starting in May, September and January.

For further information contact the University of Calgary Career Services at (403) 220-8020.

Bow Valley College, Chiu School of Business

Business Diploma, Public Relations Specialization

At the Chiu School of Business, our students are workplace ready with an abundance of practical skills. Our two-year diploma provides fundamental business skills with specializations in a variety of business majors.

Our Public Relations Majors have the ability to perform these tasks for an entry-level position:

  • Research, write and distribute communications materials in a variety of styles and formats appropriate for various purposes and audiences
  • apply research, planning, and project management skills to prepare and deliver responses to communication issues
  • develop and execute communication plans based on theory and knowledge in the context of the organization and its audience

The Chiu School of Business Co-operative Education program benefits the Calgary business community with students who can assist staff at peak periods or during leaves of absence and provide fresh insight into an organization. Host organizations get eager students who can contribute to a variety of projects for four month periods starting in May, September, and January. Participating organizations help to keep the program current by reinforcing the knowledge, skills and competencies that communication professionals need upon graduation.

The co-op program provides opportunities for students to obtain a four month paid full-time position in a supervised public relations setting. For more information on becoming a co-op host please email csbco-op@bowvalleycollege.ca.