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Spring 2017 Special Courses

Not sure what to take Spring term? Take a look at the two special courses offered for PR majors. Special courses are a great way to expand your experience and learn about an area of PR that you may be interested. They are offered twice a year (Winter and Spring) and count towards upper division elective credits. This Spring, SOJC PR will offer a Nonprofit course and an Event Planning workshop.

J480: Nonprofit online crowdfunding

  • Instructor: Courtney Munther
  • Credits: 4

Interested in nonprofit? In this course, you will gain knowledge about fundraising and donor cultivation in the digital age. Individuals will learn about the challenges and opportunities of cultivating relationships with donors. You will get hands on experience by working with real clients to develop fundraising campaigns, and hear from nonprofit leaders in the Pacific Northwest.This class is designed to help prepare you for a meaningful communications career in the nonprofit world.

J408: Special Events Planning

  • Adjunct Instructor: Denise Rosetti
  • Credits: 2 credits, 1 weekend

Interested in event planning? The Special Events Planning workshop will teach you the necessary tools to plan and effectively execute an event. Students will learn about industry trends, budgets, timelines, marketing and contingency plans. In groups, individuals will have the opportunity to plan real events in the community. Past clients include The Sasquatch Beer Festival and The South Willamette Wineries Association Barrel Tour.

Three benefits of having an internship and studying

Internships are a great way to get real-world experience, put what you have learned into practice, and hone your interests. Having an internship during the school year is beneficial in many ways.

Here’s the top three benefits I found from having an internship while studying:

  1. Apply what you learn in the class in the job and vice versa

Since you are taking classes and interning, you are simultaneously learning in each environment. There were times where I learned skills in the classroom, such as how to conduct a social media audit, that I was asked to employ at work. In another instance of crossover, I learned how to create a campaign budget at my internship, which I was later asked to do for an upper division PR class.

  1. Get real-world experience

Being in a workplace environment is extremely valuable in and of itself. You learn how to be on time, work at a desk, work with others and have a supervisor to report to. You also learn how to send emails to different audiences and follow long virtual conversations.  Since you will most likely be surrounded by people older than you, it is a tremendous opportunity to learn from their experience.

  1. Learn time management skills

As you start getting more responsibilities in your internship, your to-do list will get longer. You learn to be organized, conscious of deadlines and communicate with your supervisor ahead of time if you cannot meet a deadline. Since you are in school while working 15 hours or more a week, you find the balance between work, studying and life. You become more productive and task oriented. You learn key time management skills to help you stay organized and perform to the best of your ability. Some of the ‘tricks’ that worked for me is having a weekly and daily to-do list. For reminders or high priority tasks I use colored post-its and place them on my computer screen. I also outline how much time each task will take and try to stick to the projected time.

Before going out to the real world, try to get as much experience as you can through internships, extracurricular activities or something else. Don’t be afraid; be confident and curious. Put yourself and skills out there. Good Luck!

Written by, Maritza Rendon