Windy City Ducks PR in Chicago 2017: Priority Application Deadline January 15th

Join PR Instructor Kelli Matthews & fellow PR students for a remarkable trip designed for networking with high-level PR pros, learning about PR in a major market and exploring the "Second City."

June 20- 24, 2017


Meet with UO alumni and friends in Chicago: from interns to CEOs, account managers to communication directors, you'll get a sense of the PR pulse of the city.

You'll learn about what a career in PR looks like, get practice networking and make valuable professional connections.


PR in a major city east of the Mississippi River looks and feels different than it does on the west coast. Whether you're hoping to move to Chicago to live and work, or just want to explore career opportunities, this trip will be the trip of a lifetime.


There's more to life than work. We'll have some fun, too. Our activities include things like touring the Field Museum, taking a riverboat architecture tour and going to a Cubs game.

Ready to go?


  • Each participant pays a program fee (cost TBD, but estimate is $1600), which covers hotel, transportation in Chicago, most meals and all activities. The program fee is paid through academic extension. The fee will, in part, depend on the number of students participating this year.
  • We will have scholarships available this year to offset the program fee. Information available soon!
  • You're responsible for your own airfare. Estimated cost from Portland to Chicago is $500.

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to instructor Kelli Matthews. Your cover letter should include information about why you want to participate and whether you're a pre- or full-major. Priority consideration deadline is January 15th.


“If you aspire to work in any metropolitan city, want to learn more about different positions in the communications industry, would like to build your public relations network, have no idea what you would like to do after graduation or know exactly what you want to do after graduation, then go on this trip!”

- Nikki Pirucki, 2015 Participant. Current an Account Coordinator at Edelman in Chicago

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