CAREER READINESS AND INTERNSHIP (B.A)
Each student is required to take PREL 267 (Media Career Readiness), PREL 344 (Internship) and PREL 444 (Advanced Internship) as a part of their B.A. requirements for public relations. This is a three-semester sequence with PREL 267 a prerequisite to PREL 344 (1 unit). PREL 344 is then a prerequisite to PREL 444 (2 units).
PREL 267 - MEDIA CAREER READINESS
1 unit (offered each Fall and Spring)
Prerequisite to PREL 344
Practical study and experience in successful strategies for making the step from academia to journalism and public relations careers. Students interact with working professionals through guest lectures, media tours, and mock job interviews, examining the maturity of their gifts and skills and whether they have the readiness needed for effective participation in public relations or other media environments--whether as an intern or a new employee. The course also helps students examine steps needed to prepare for graduate school, law school, and church or missions-related ministry as options naturally following their public relations preparation.
PREL 344 - INTERNSHIP
1 unit (offered each Fall, Spring, and Summer - Session B)
Prerequisite to PREL 444
A portfolio-driven, introductive learning experience beyond the university classroom via working in a company, business or media-related organization. This course will allow students to explore their interests, aptitude, and stamina for work within their chosen area of public relations or media-related ministry. This course is aimed at providing students with a beginning portfolio of work suitable for applying to an advanced internship in a media career, public relations career or media-related ministry organization
Notes: 45 hours of internship are required for each academic credit. May be taken multiple times for credit for a total of 3 times.
PREL 444 - ADVANCED INTERNSHIP
2 units (offered each Fall, Spring, and Summer - Session B)
A portfolio-driven, rigorous learning experience beyond the university classroom via working in an advanced internship with a company, business or media-related organization. This course will allow students to refine their interest, aptitude, and stamina for work within their chosen area of public relations by engaging in an internship that requires more than an entry-level position. This course is aimed at providing students with an advanced portfolio of work suitable for applying to entry-level positions in a media career, public relations career or media-related ministry organization. In addition, students will refine their resumes and other components to prepare them for a career after Biola.
Notes: 90 hours of internship are required for this course.