There is still time to register for the 2017 Portland Paddle

Start off 2017 networking with PR professionals at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center. The annual Portland Paddle is an event organized by the University of Oregon PRSSA chapter and The School of Journalism and Communication. It’s an opportunity to meet one-on-one with PR professionals to review your job search materials.

“It’s a great opportunity for students thinking about the public relations major to learn more about the profession, and for those who already know they want to pursue PR to build their network and get professional advice. It’s a really fun day, and both student and professionals end up making new friends and learning a lot,” says Career and Academic Advisor, Julia Morrill

At the event, there is a morning (9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and an afternoon session (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) to choose from. For 20 minutes, students will be paired with professionals to get feedback on their job search materials such as resume, portfolio and cover letters. This is a personalized experience to gain exposure, industry insights, tips and connect with several professionals.

In the past, students have had the chance to network with professionals from Edelman, Portland Timbers, and Cambia Health Solutions just to name a few.

Photo of 2016 attendees.

“I really enjoyed Portland Paddle last year because it helped me get helpful feedback on my resume and meet numerous professionals that I can reach out to when I start applying for jobs,” said SOJC PR student Casey Leach.

This year, the event will take place on January 27, 2017 at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center. Registration is open until January 11, 2017. Students will be contacted via email by January 17 with details about carpool assignments and interview time slots.

For detailed information about the event and schedule please visit:

To register for the event please fill out the registration form:

“The Portland Paddle was the thing in my J-school experience that helped me narrow down my focus in PR. It led to an internship, an ongoing network in Portland, and the best version of my resume,” said SOJC PR student Eric Medina.

Start off the new year making meaningful connections and reviewing your job search materials!

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