Journalism & Public Relations

Service to the North State

Chico State J&PR is proud of its work with not-for-profit organizations in our service area, California's North State.

Up to 35 students have public relations internships each semester, with each intern required to work a minimum of 104 hours over a 16-week period. These internships are done either at an on-site location in Butte County or through TGC(opens in new window), the university’s student-managed public relations agency.

Public relations interns work to increase their clients’ presence in the community through tactics such as media pitching and the creation of media materials, and make sure to respond to the specific needs of each client using the skills learned through their education at Chico State.

The clients and the interns have a reciprocally beneficial relationship, as the clients give the interns hands-on experience they will need after graduation, and the interns provide the clients with a dedication to the communication challenges presented to them.

These interns also give the client professional results at a very low cost. On-site interns work for course credit, while TGC charges $500 to $1,000 for the entire semester, or waives the fee in special circumstances. Any fees the clients are charged go straight into the running of the internship program and into scholarships for PR students.

Chico State’s public relations interns not only help their clients with their media relations, but teach them to be stronger communicators with their target publics and in some cases help them define themselves as an organization.

Service to the North State - see where our students have interned and what they've created.

A sampling of work completed by J&PR student interns for area organizations.