Tehama Group Communications - Just the FAQS

The TGC Environment

Tehama Group Communications is fast-paced. All agency members are working on multiple accounts and projects at any given time. One morning you may be writing code for a client website, helping orchestrate a photo shoot in the afternoon, then conducting interviews that evening for a feature story you're crafting for a client newsletter. The purpose of TGC is to give students the chance to have a hands-on, client-driven agency experience prior to entering the job market.

Tehama Group Communications teaches agency members to be:

  • Multitaskers

  • Detail-oriented

  • Fast-paced workers

  • Excellent communicators

  • Team players

  • Efficient and motivated

The agency looks for an array of personalities and work styles each semester. If you feel that Tehama Group Communications would be the perfect fit for you, please check out our website.

What does it mean when people say the Tehama Group Communications is a “student-run” public relations agency?

Tehama Group Communications is a student-managed organization. Agency members are all students and the creative minds behind TGC. The management team consists of a general manager and various directors that work together to ensure the success of the agency. The adviser is in charge of approving published work and assisting agency members with any questions. 

Is Tehama Group Communications a class?

Tehama Group Communications is offered to majors and non-majors for course credit. An internship is required for journalism and PR students, and TGC fulfills that requirement.

When can I join the Tehama Group Communications team? Are there prerequisites?

Most positions at TGC require JOUR 260 and JOUR 341 as prerequisites, and most students in TGC are juniors and seniors. Debra Johnson, the adviser, also prefers students to have completed JOUR 327. These prerequisites only apply to journalism and PR students.

For graphic designers, it's important that you pass Portfolio Review before applying to TGC. 

How do I apply?

The application period begins at the end of each semester. Email TGC adviser Debra Johnson for information regarding the TGC application and process.

How are agency members chosen?

Agency members are chosen by the general manager and the adviser. After reviewing the application, interviews take place and roughly 20-25 students are chosen each semester. TGC is highly competitive and typically has more applicants than positions available. Students are always invited to reapply the following semester if they are not accepted.

How do I know if my skills are strong enough for Tehama Group Communications?

During the application process, each student is required to provide sample work that connects to the positions applied for. Want to be a graphic designer? Then you need to provide a range of design samples.  Photographers and videographers provide those samples to showcase their visual communication skills. Most PR and news majors are asked to provide writing samples and to complete an editing test. 

What can I learn with an internship at TGC?

Agency members have the ability to write stories, conduct interviews, design logos and publications, create websites, form public relations campaigns and manage social media, all depending on the position you hold and accounts you are assigned.

What kind of clients will I be working with?

Each semester Tehama Group Communications works with different clients, some in our local area while others may be at the other end of the state. Some are nonprofits, while others are for-profit. Clients come to TGC with various communication needs and the agency members work in teams to provide them with the best possible service.

What is the time commitment?

Most students spend about 15 hours per week on TGC work. Some weeks it may be less. Other weeks it may be more.

How many semesters can I receive credit at Tehama Group Communications?

Journalism majors may receive academic credit toward the degree for two semesters (a total of 4 units). Non-majors typically follow the internship guidelines established by their departments.