WASHINGTON DC (March 26, 2010) – For the 4th consecutive year, the Council of Public Relations Firms (Council) and Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications provided ethnically diverse students the opportunity to interview with some of America’s leading public relations firms at the school’s Public Relations Job Fair.

A total of 21 Council of PR Firms members conducted interviews during the all-day fair, which was attended by more than 100 graduating seniors for full-time employment opportunities and advanced juniors for internships.

“We are proud of the growth of the fair over the years; this is an important initiative for our members,” said Kathy Cripps, president of the Council of Public Relations Firms. “Partnerships with institutions like Howard University help create a strong pipeline of multicultural talent from which the entire industry benefits.”

Dr. Rochelle Ford, APR, associate dean of the Johnson H. Johnson School of Communications, also commented on the strength of the program: “We are proud that our strong relationship with the Council has over the years helped public relations firms identify and hire our best and brightest. And, of course, the students really appreciate the opportunity to interview in a tight job market.”

Participating PR firms included APCO Worldwide, Brodeur Partners, Burson-Marsteller, Capstrat, Carmichael Lynch Spong, Cohn & Wolfe, Cone, Coyne Public Relations, Euro RSCG Worldwide, Fleishman-Hillard, Hill & Knowlton, IMRE, Ketchum, LAGRANT Communications, Marina Maher Communications, MS&L Worldwide, Ogilvy Public Relations, Porter Novelli, RF|Binder Partners, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and Weber Shandwick Worldwide.

Students from Howard University, Hampton University, Virginia Tech, American University, Trinity University, and the University of Maryland were in attendance.

The Council also sponsored a career workshop in collaboration with The LAGRANT FOUNDATION and NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies as well as a job fair at Howard University in the fall that provided students with career advice from a panel of public relations professionals.

About the Council of Public Relations Firms

The Council of Public Relations Firms was founded in 1998 and is comprised of America’s leading public relations firms. Its membership represents the premier global, mid-size, regional and specialty agencies across every discipline and practice area, and represents an estimated 12,000 employees. The Council’s mission is to advance the business of public relations firms by building the market and firms’ value as strategic business partners. For more information about the Council, or to see a list of America’s leading firms, visit www.prcouncil.net.

About the John H. Johnson School of Communications

The Howard University John H. Johnson School of Communications, founded in 1971, has produced many outstanding professionals in communications including: Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist formerly at The New York Times; Janice McKenzie Crayton, president of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Atlanta; Keisha N. Brown, senior vice president and general manager, LAGRANT Foundation;Dede Lea, executive vice president, Government Relations, Viacom; Genelle Niblack, vice president, Clear Channel Radio Sales; Constance Cannon Frazier, vice president, American Advertising Federation (AAF); Fredricka Whitfield, CNN news anchor; Vicki Mabrey, ABC Nightline (formerly of CBS 60 Minutes II); and Dawn Kelly, vice president, Global Communications, Prudential Financial. Visit our Web site at www.communications.howard.edu.

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 19 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information about Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at www.howard.edu.