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Nov. 17, 2008
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Target grants $1,000 for student-run public relations conference, internship fair

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Foundation received a $1,000 grant from the Target Corporation in support of Eastern Michigan University’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) student development conference and internship fair.

The conference and internship fair, an annual event planned and run by PRSSA members, is meant to help students find internships, and prepare them for fields in public relations, journalism, marketing and other communications fields.

This year’s conference is scheduled for February 2009 and is open to all students. The event will include a resume critiquing workshop, informational sessions, a keynote speaker and the internship fair.

The grant could not have come at a better time, said Lolita Cummings Carson, professor of public relations.

“Over the years, it has become increasingly difficult for us to secure the funds for these types of valuable experiences for students,” said Cummings Carson. “The current economic climate in Michigan has resulted in greater needs, but fewer dollars. Therefore, we are especially grateful for Target’s long-standing commitment to education and the community. Their actions continue to demonstrate their true friendship with EMU.”

“It’s wonderful to have the support of a national corporation such as Target,” said Stephanie Scheer, president of EMU’s PRSSA chapter. “With the funds provided by Target, we’ll be able to expand the student development conference, and better educate and prepare our students for a career in public relations or their designated majors. We look forward to furthering our relationship with Target in the future.”

According to a Target spokesperson, “the Target Campus Grant Program provides financial support to schools for programs that develop and influence future business and community leaders. Target is a regular presence at Eastern Michigan University, recruiting promising students for internships as well as full-time career opportunities. With its strong values, dynamic culture and commitment to team member development, Target continues to see and attract the best talent.”

For more information about the upcoming PRSSA student development conference, contact Stephanie Scheer at sscheer@emich.edu

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