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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.


Rachael Mya Chaitika

Bachelor of Communication Studies
"I’ve had the opportunity to start a podcast through Nexus Media, and network with organisations. I’ve also learned how the public relations industry functions through industry trips organised by the Management Communication Students’ Association."


Breana Nobilo

Bachelor of Communication Studies
"I love that we do very practical assignments with real-world scenarios. My degree covers so many areas and possible careers, with internship and apprenticeship opportunities. This gives a cool hands-on experience in the workplace, which helped me find out what kind of job and workplace I want to go into."


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.


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.