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Graduate profiles in Public Relations

Jacinda Ardern

Bachelor of Communication Studies
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."


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.


Tessa Preddy

Bachelor of Communication Studies
"My advice for students is to move away to the bigger cities like Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch as there are so many opportunities for communications work. Spread your wings and get out of Hamilton!"


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.


Courtney Stayte

Bachelor of Communication Studies with Honours
As a senior account manager, Courtney is responsible for overseeing a variety of campaigns and activations for some of the world’s biggest brands.


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.""