M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communication
Alumna, Class of 2011
After earning a master’s degree from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and teaching high school English, Janet (Chi-Chi) Millaway decided she wanted to return to the type of work she did as public relations director for the University of Michigan’s Society for Women Engineers while an undergraduate. She enrolled in the M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communication program, drawn by its faculty of industry experts and its New York City location.
She was encouraged to network with faculty members, fellow students, and alumni, a very important value-added aspect of the program. "In PR, it’s all about who you know, she admits. Her networking proved to be incredibly fruitful. An internship in investor relations led to a full-time job as an account executive for KSCA Strategic Communications, after a managing director from her internship recommended her to a colleague at the firm.
While working full time and going to school, Millaway helped other students to understand the importance of networking. As president of the NYU PR League, she increased the number of social and career-related events; published a weekly digest that featured professional development opportunities; and talked to new and prospective students about her passion for the School and the PR field. She serves as social media chair of the Public Relations Society of America’s New York chapter, and graduated in spring 2011 with the Most Distinguished Student Award in the Public Relations and Corporate Communication program.