Featured alum: Ellie Boggs

Be involved; don’t limit yourself.

Ellie Boggs graduated from the School of Journalism and Communication with a degree in public relations in the fall of 2013.

While attending college, Ellie decided to pursue the public relations sequence after attending a PRSSA meeting, a public relations student group that she continued to work for throughout her time as an undergraduate.

“PRSSA trained me as a professional and a leader, exposed me to the larger public relations industry and allowed me to meet some very close friends (and now fellow PR professionals) from across the country. Involvement in PRSSA influenced the course of my career and opened up many doors in the professional world.”

 “With a journalism degree, you have the skills to enter many, many different fields.”

During college, Ellie also interned at various organizations and businesses, which she believes was beneficial for securing future internships and jobs.

“Skills build over time, so gaining experience during college is important for growing into a professional that can perform at the level necessary to get a public relations job full-time after graduation.”

After she graduated, Ellie continued to gain internship experience at the Army’s Leader Development and Assessment Course communications team, followed by Edelman’s corporate and public affairs team in Seattle. She then secured a job as a legislative assistant for Oregon State Senator, Richard Devlin where she works currently, handling all aspects of his office including communications, policy, schedule and constituent relations.

Ellie advises upcoming SOJC graduates not to limit themselves in their job searches. “With a journalism degree, you have the skills to enter many, many different fields. Just because you thought you would land at a global agency doesn’t mean those are the only jobs you should go after.”

“With a journalism degree, you have the skills to enter many, many different fields.”

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