Breadcrumbs

Stories from our Public Relations students and alumni

Studying Public Relations gives you new knowledge and skills, and a lot of new choices in life. Here's how things have turned out for some of our Public Relations students and alumni.

  • Celine Kao

    Bachelor of Communication Studies with Honours

  • Briar Thompson

    Bachelor of Communication Studies with Honours
    “I valued the relationships I had with my lecturers, who challenged and inspired me, and who took an interest in what I wanted to do next and supported me to get there."

  • Lani Wreaks

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    I had the opportunity to work alongside real businesses while still receiving that same level of support and resources you would expect from teaching staff.

  • Shaun Kirkham

    Bachelor of Communication Studies

  • Courtney Stayte

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    Courtney Stayte says Waikato's Bachelor of Communication is a must for anyone considering a career in public relations. "The qualification relies heavily on putting theory into practice - a must for any PR practitioner."

  • Rebecca Foote

    Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours
    We’re a nation of small businesses, so understanding the business and management side of things is a big advantage in any career. I was able to tailor my degree to focus on Public Relations, backed by a solid foundation of business knowledge – there are few other degrees that offer that kind of flexibility.

  • Emily Gallagher

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    One minute I was learning how to write press releases in class, the next I was writing them in real life for the University!

  • Ngarangi Stewart

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    Kapa Haka and Waka Ama go together, I put them both on a pedestal.

  • Olivia Kerbers

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    "The Bachelor of Communication degree gives you a well-rounded balance of theory and how that’s applied in practice. You get so many opportunities to test your knowledge and put your creativity to the test through real-life scenarios, instead of just sitting there reading about it. You’re well supported by your lecturers and tutors, who help you to continually develop your skills.”

  • Mariah Ririnui

    Bachelor of Communication Studies, Master of Management Studies
    My degree gave me a really good foundation of skills, communication skills, written and spoken that I could apply to a lot of situations.

  • Tessa Preddy

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    Tessa Preddy is loving her career in public relations and her new life in Wellington. It was all jump-started by an internship with a communications agency that she completed during her university degree, which later turned into a full-time role.

  • Libby Baron

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    Libby Baron is loving the opportunities and lifestyle in Queenstown since she graduated from a Bachelor of Communication degree at Waikato, majoring in public relations.

  • Todd Harper

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    Good communication is absolutely critical to the success of any organisation that needs to make well-informed decisions.

  • Ellyse Bowen

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    Ellyse Bowen started out as a marketing intern at the University of Waikato, and she jumped at the chance to work here full-time.

  • Abbey Hilson

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    Creating a real-life public relations campaign in third year was 100% the highlight of my BCS degree. We learnt how to deal with people, clients, deadlines, stress and all the things that come with working in the real world. It was a great stepping stone.

  • Stacey McIntosh

    Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours
    Stacey McIntosh is the brains behind one of New Zealand’s latest fashion successes, and if you’re a bit clothes-obsessed, it’s likely you’ve heard of it.

  • Jacinda Ardern

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies at Waikato Management School in 2001.

  • Olivia Leckner

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    In my job, I get to contribute to the planning and implementation of strategies and I'm also learning a lot about risk and reputation management, media relations, and public relations strategy.

  • Monica Helbano

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    Studying at Waikato University gave me a solid footing for getting into the professional world.

  • Lucas de Jong

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    With BBC World News, you're working on the biggest stories in the world. So I bounce around a bit, producing stories, editing, doing voice-overs, even overnight reporting. I really love being out in the field, seeing stories unfold in front of me.

  • Bryce Bozadjian


    Bryce travelled from the United States to New Zealand to study at the University of Waikato on our study abroad programme.