Practicum Schmacticum

April 4, 2010

Today marks yet another day without an interview for a practicum. The practicum for Public Relations students is to begin on May 3, 2010.

Yes, in 33 days.

Within these 33 days, students in our program must also present three large projects, write a test, hand in four assignments, write three final exams, and still charm our way into a practicum position.


So, for next year’s batch of eager PR students, here’s a few suggestions:

-Actively look for a practicum from day one. Seriously. Cramming practicum searching and year end assignments\final exams is stressful.

-Create an effective and organized resume as soon as possible. Ask a human resources professional to look it over and make recommendations.

-Cold call organizations. When the practicum postings finally come, many people wait for the perfect fit to show up. The waiting game is not fun. Go out there and make the perfect practicum happen for you.

Moral of the story is get a head start on the practicum. This way when the last days of the program dwindle down, the confident student focused solely on their studies is YOU!

As for me, the next 33 days will be bizzzzzzzay.


Biznewz4u Team



  1. Good advice. I find the way the practicum is structured to be unnecessarily stressful – like we don’t have enough to do in the next three weeks, right? The resume session was helpful but it came so late – if I was doing this again, I’d just take my resume over to the Student Resource Centre to get advice on it right away. The one-on-one sessions were really great but they were so late in the term!

    Man, that list of what we have to do is freaking me out. I’m trying to get through one thing at a time!

  2. Another frustrating part about our practicums is that the job postings have DIFFERENT closing dates! How is a busy student supposed to keep track of them? Some due one month, others due another – I think the postings should be consistent. As for your own troubles, Shani – no need to worry. Some of the closing dates just passed, so you may not hear from companies/organizations for awhile. And as for your skills, I think you’re very personable and well-spoken 🙂 I’m sure you’ll have no trouble finding a position once employers get back to you.

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