Faculty & Staff

Josh Netzer

Josh Netzer

Instructor and Portland Senior Experience Director

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CV buttonJosh Netzer is the faculty program director of the School of Journalism and Communication’s Portland Senior Experience (PDXSX), a specialized experiential internship program for SOJC students with an internship extension/full-time job-offer rate that is higher than 60 percent. In fact, during the spring academic quarters of 2010, 2011, and 2014, more than 75 percent of all PDXSX participants had internships extended or were offered full-time employment upon graduation.

Find out more by reading his Millenial Notes blog or the Portland Senior Experience blog, or by following @pdxsx on Twitter.


  • MA, Communication (Public Relations, Quantitative Research, Strategic Communication), Washington State University
  • BA, English and Business, Washington State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Public relations
  • Public speaking
  • Strategic communication
  • Quantitative survey research
  • Internships/experiential education
  • Millennials in the workforce


Netzer’s academic research focuses on job-seeking motivation, anxiety and self-confidence among the millennial generation, and mentoring millennial employees in the workplace. He studies the behaviors and motivations of soon-to-graduate SOJC students and young professionals (with less than three years of experience) who are entering the workforce, with an emphasis on job-seeking motivation and workplace management. Much of his work has focused on the critical need for college graduates and entry-level professionals to come to the workplace with established skills and previous professional experience.

Recent Citations, Publications, and Professional Work

“How to Mentor, Manage and Motivate Millennial Interns—A Discussion of Best Practices,” CEIA Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2015

“Learning and Earning,” The Public Relations Strategist, December 31, 2014

“A Millennial State of Mind,” The Portland Business Journal, December 19, 2014

“Mentoring Millennials in the Workplace: Management & Coaching Strategies for a New Generation of Professionals,” MPACE Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, December 2014

“Everything You Must Know About Planning a Career with a Degree from the University of Oregon SOJC,” NSPA Annual Fall Press Day, Eugene, Oregon, November 2014

“Unpaid Interns are Modern-Day Thralls,” The Oregonian, Sunday, October 12, 2014

Honors and Awards

2016 Experiential Education’s Rising Leader Award, National Society for Experiential Education


  • Portland Media Market Seminar & Practicum
  • Strategic Communication Campaigns
  • Advanced Public Relations Writing
  • Public Relations Campaigns
  • Sustainable Cities Initiative
  • Power Presentations
  • Practical & Applied Quantitative Survey Research Methods