The Class of 2018 spends most of its final semester scouring the country for jobs and internships. But on Feb. 28, the Spring 2018 Communication Career Fair brought the search to the ballroom of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Students, Meet Employers

Twenty-two employers were featured at the Spring 2018 Communication and Career Fair, a networking event circled on the calendars of students in their countdown to graduation.

Representatives from Southwest Airlines, Jackson Spalding, Brunswick Group, Hill Knowlton Strategies, BBDO Worldwide and LDWWgroup were among the many passing out freebies and talking careers. Stan Levenson, current CEO of Levenson Strategic Communications and 30-year benefactor of the CCPA division, attended the event as well, to mentor and guide students attending the career fair. The annual event is targeted specifically at employers interested in recruiting students in communication-related roles within advertising, corporate communication and public relations, graphic design, marketing and other related fields.

It’s About Relationships

“The career fair is an excellent opportunity for students to develop relationships with a wide range of employers as well as learn about opportunities not only in Dallas but on a global scale,” said Hailee Elledge, president of the SMU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

PRSSA hosts the Spring 2018 Communication Career Fair along with SMU Temerlin Advertising Institute, SMU Corporate Communication and Public Affairs (CCPA) and Hegi Family Career Development Center.

Build a Network

“The Communication Career Fair and Networking Event has provided me with the confidence and contacts I need to network in PR and advertising,” said senior Anna Proctor, an executive member of PRSSA. “I have used contacts from this event to apply for internships and jobs, and even plan PRSSA events.”

PRSSA also helps SMU students network and meet others who are in the pursuit of public relations careers. The national organization has been teaching and advocating ethical and professional public relations principles since 1967.

For students who missed the Spring 2018 Communication Career Fair, follow CCPA on Twitter: @smu_ccpa for more information on upcoming networking events.