By: Noura Ashri
Jessica McLean has done a lot to prepare for her career in the field of Public Relations in a short amount of time.
Jess is 21-year-old senior, majoring in Public Relations. She came to Ferris from Oxford, MI. Originally, she enrolled at Ferris for Music Industry Management, until she took a PR class with Professor Bishop that changed her mind.
Her mind was made up once she learned that speech writing and presentation was a huge part of the public relations industry. After she fell in love with public speaking and debate classes, she decided to also take up a minor in Communication.
“I was hooked after Dr. Bishop’s PREL 240 class. The more I learned about PR, the more I became drawn to other parts of the career like writing, advocacy, event planning, crisis management, and social media,” McLean said.
Mclean has had four internships during her time at Ferris. During her second year, she interned with EasyEventPlanning.com. It was a virtual internship where she wrote content for their website and did search engine-optimizing research. Afterwards, she did a short internship with a non-profit organization called, One With The Water, where she assisted with social media and website content.
Last summer, she also worked with website called Dumblebee where Jessica created and implemented a social media campaign and managed a team of other interns. Her most recent internship was with Bad Rhino, Inc. where she was given the opportunity to manage their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Jessica is also very active on campus. She is a student receptionist at the FSU President’s Office, a writer for the College of Business website, president of Bulldog Radio, and the social media manager for Ferris State PRSSA.
Right now Jess is busy working on her capstone project. She is excited to be working with WISE, a local women’s shelter that supports women and families that have been affected by domestic abuse victims. Jessica is hoping to find a job after graduation where she can put her love for writing to use and make the world a better place.