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.

  • Jacinda Ardern

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

  • Libby Baron

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

  • 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.

  • Bryce Bozadjian

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

  • 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.

  • Rebecca Foote

    Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours
    Rebecca Foote absolutely loves her job as a communications advisor for SKYCITY Entertainment Group in Auckland. “It’s a really varied, cool role. My role is on the promotion and internal communication side of things; to protect and promote SKYCITY’s brand to media, council, government and other key stakeholders," says Rebecca.

  • James Forster

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    On game day I get to go behind the scenes and meet all these high-profile rugby stars, which is pretty cool.

  • 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!

  • Todd Harper

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    Good communication is absolutely critical to the success of any organisation that needs to make well-informed decisions. The Bachelor of Communication Studies equips you with the industry-relevant skills and knowledge that you need to thrive in in any business or not-for-profit organisation. For me, it’s about understanding how people’s brains tick, how they interact with each other, and finding practical solutions to help organisations overcome any challenges they’re facing.

  • Monica Helbano

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

  • 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.

  • Celine Kao

    Bachelor of Communication Studies with Honours

  • 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.

  • Courtney Stayte

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    Regular business trips to Melbourne, holding the Melbourne Cup Trophy and sampling food created by top celebrity chefs are just a few perks of the job for Bachelor of Communication Studies graduate Courtney Stayte.

  • Briar Thompson

    Bachelor of Communication Studies
    All the way through I’ve been blown away by the support I’ve had from family, friends and the University of Waikato.