PRSSA SJSU || Fall 2019
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Don't miss our Bay Area Agency Panel tomorrow!

Join leading public relations and communications practitioners from top Bay Area agencies for an immersive panel in DBH 117. In addition to networking with light snacks and refreshments, we will be discussing topics for career readiness, including:

  • Pros and cons between working at an agency, or in-house at a corporation
  • Balancing client needs with agency priorities
  • Advice for new grads on landing your first job
  • Tips for career growth in the Bay Area
  • Insight on working in B2B or B2C communications

Following the panel, there will be opportunities to ask questions and mingle with the professionals listed below. Each agency participating has a variety of internships and entry-level roles available throughout the year: time to get networking!

Get more information on our website! 


Mike Sanchez, Account Executive, Edelman

Mike started his PR journey four years ago at FleishmanHillard. Today, he’s an AE at Edelman and specializes in Enterprise Technology, the Cannabis Industry and Startups. Connect with Mike on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Hannah Boss, Senior Account Executive, Highwire

Hannah began her PR journey as a public relations intern. With three years of experience, she’s now a Sr. AE at Highwire PR and specializes in Tech! Connect with Hannah on LinkedIn.

RJ Jovellanos, Senior Account Executive, Ogilvy

RJ began his public relations journey five years ago as a PR intern for Ubisoft. Today, his career continues to focus on Esports and gaming for global accounts as a Sr. AE at Ogilvy. Connect with RJ on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Deena Betcher, Senior Director, Account Strategy

Deena's first job out of college was as a Snow Reporter for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Now, with 11 years of experience under her belt, Deena works as a Senior Director, focusing on consumer PR, specifically outdoor, health/wellness brands. Connect with Deena on LinkedIn!

Ashley Nakano, Director, Sterling Communications

Ten years ago, Ashely accepted her first job out of college as a multimedia journalist at North State Public Radio. Today, she is the Director of Sterling Communications and specializes in public relations, emerging technology and venture capital. Connect with Ashley on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Melissa Lewelling, Account Manager, Hoffman Agency

After graduating from SJSU, Melissa began working at the Hoffman Agency as an Account Coordinator. Five years later, Melissa is an Account Manager and specializes in telling stories for B2B organizations from downtown San José! Connect with Melissa on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Jocelyn Arellano, Account Executive, Zeno Group

Jocelyn is a PRSSA SJSU alumna who began her internship with Zeno Group two years ago. Today, she is an AE and specializes in B2B Tech (business-to-business technology). Connect with Jocelyn on LinkedIn and Twitter

Juliet Fox, Associate Creative Director, Weber Shandwick 

Juliet began her career as a Jr. Copywriter at SpotCo in NYC. Today, she is an Associate Creative Director where she specializes creative concepting for earned media and digital campaign development. Connect with Juliet on LinkedIn!

Reminder: Sign up to tour eBay and Imperva!

We have secured a tour to visit eBay and Imperva on Friday, November 15 in San José and Redwood City.
If you would like to attend, please fill out this form by Friday, November 8. This is on a first come first serve basis for official PRSSA members. Dues can be paid to chapter Treasurer Gabi Avella at PRSSA meetings.

The tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. at eBay. Breakfast will be provided. We will then head to Imperva at 11:30 a.m., where lunch will be provided!
RSVP here!

Upcoming events next month!

Tuesday, November 5: PR Powers the Silicon Valley 

SAVE THE DATE! 6:00 p.m. in DBH 117. PRSSA is hosting an exclusive panel with PR and communications professionals from top Bay Area technology corporations. Light food, drinks, and networking will take place prior to the panel discussion. This event is open to all SJSU students.

SJSU Alumni Mixer and Career Panel

Join English department alumni on November 15th, 6 PM-8 PM in the Engineering building, for their 3rd annual SJSU Alumni Mixer and Career Panel. 
The panel will include: 
  • Sean Bui, SJSU Single-Subject Credential Program alumnus, 2019 California Teacher of the Year
  • Lisa Francesca, MFA alumna, Communications Director for Davidson College of Engineering SJSU
  • Matt Garnese, BA alumnus, Content Strategist at Google
  • Lynn Orlando, BA and MA alumna, head of Content Marketing for a new startup with many years of experience with large tech firms in the Valley.
RSVP by Nov. 1st!

Cool Opportunities!

Internship Opportunity: Membership Services Intern with San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara

About the internship: The focus of the internship is the various needs and work responsibilities that fall under the Premium Services Department with game-day responsibilities specifically tied to the Golden Opportunities program. Those responsibilities will require a maximum workload being at 30 hours per week including both game days and non-game days with specific responsibilities detailed below. 

How to apply: Apply online

Internship Opportunity: The City of San Jose Mayor’s communications office

About the internship: Paid, part-time internship opportunity with school credit. The internship program offers a hands-on experience for those looking to augment their studies with practical politics and application of their learning. 

How to apply: Contact
Internship Opportunity: Connext Social Media Marketing Internship

About the internship: 20-24 hrs/wk onsite in Pleasanton office, with remote Fridays. Walking distance to BART. Compensation: $20/hr. Applicants are skilled concise writers who find typos for fun, extremely detail-oriented and organized with a sense of urgency and drive, eager to learn new skills, and grow beyond this specific role. 

How to apply: Email the four documents listed below as attachments to with the subject line "Pick me!"

1. Resume and link to LinkedIn profile
2. A paragraph or two telling us why you're perfect for this role
3. List of 10 Things You Love and 10 Things You Hate
4. Marketing samples (include visual and written content you've produced)
On-Campus Job Opportunity: International experience Student Assistant

College of Health and Human Sciences is currently hiring a Student Assistant to help with the International Experience program. Duties include: creating content for CHHS International Experience website including photos, text and graphic elements, designing flyers, signs, and invitations using Adobe Suite or Canva, and managing the International Experience Mailbox and social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram, etc. Past study abroad experience is required. 

If you are interested, send a cover letter, resume, and class schedule to
Job Opportunity: Highwire PR

About Highwire: Highwire Public Relations is a leading technology public relations agency based in San Francisco with offices in New York City, Boston, and Chicago. They work with a wide range of clients across cloud technology, enterprise, security, financial services technology, and healthcare as well as consumer products and services.

About the job: paid position, for six months with a substantial review at three monthsApplicants should be recent grads, have the ability to navigate and master social media and social networking sites, interested in tech, and have a background and/or experience in PR, journalism, English, political campaigns, technology and/or marketing is preferred. 

How to apply: on Highwire website
Internship Opportunity: CookIt Media, Influencer Marketing Intern

About the Internship: Looking for someone who can work remotely and is passionate about the field of influencer marketing. This is a part-time paid internship with the potential for full-time for the right candidate.

You must be: motivated, self-sufficient, detail-oriented, organized and trustworthy, have a love for all things food and cooking, team player, creative and analytical thinker, and strong communication skills.


  • 1-year experience in marketing field (agency experience preferred)
  • In-depth knowledge of social media marketing industry
  • Strong interest in the influencer landscape, especially food and food lifestyle
  • Interest in brand strategy and content creation
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Google Analytics and Hubspot a plus

Please email your resume and a short introduction to

PRSSA meetings are every Tuesday at 6 PM in DBH 117. 


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