Rostrevor student appointed CIPR Student Ambassador

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The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in Northern Ireland has announced the appointment of University of Ulster communications student Aine McElhinney from Rostrevor as its new Student Ambassador, an initiative to support the development of Northern Ireland’s young communicators.

Rostrevor’s Aine McElhinney with Chris Love, CIPR Northern Ireland Chair

The role aims to support the development of future PR practitioners by providing a unique insight into Northern Ireland’s public relations sector including hands-on work experience within CIPR Northern Ireland committee member organisations. Aine will represent the University of Ulster School of Communication student sector on the CIPR Northern Ireland committee and raise the profile of matters facing young communicators. Welcoming Aine into her new role, Chris Love, CIPR Northern Ireland Chair and owner of Love PR, said, “We are pleased to work in partnership with the University of Ulster to deliver our Student Ambassador Initiative and nurture upcoming talent within the industry. “It is important we engage directly with students and respond effectively to their needs and the needs of industry in order to secure a bright future for the PR industry in Northern Ireland. “We are delighted to welcome Aine to the committee, where she will have an exciting opportunity to contribute to the important work undertaken by The Chartered Institute of Public Relations,” he continued. “Aine is starting second year of the BSc (Hons) degree in Communication, Advertising and Marketing and has already shown great initiative and ambition obtaining valuable experience within the e-commerce and digital marketing department of Linwoods, developing and delivering digital media, marketing and PR strategies for a range of products. “This role will give Aine a valuable insight into PR in practice, enabling her to develop her skills and work closely with senior PR professionals. She will also work with fellow committee members on a range of events and support CIPR engagement with students and those who are considering a career in PR. “The communications industry is highly competitive and we hope that our Student Ambassador Initiative will help boost participants’ employment prospects on leaving university,” added Chris. Aine McElhinney, CIPR Northern Ireland Student Ambassador, said, “I am delighted to undertake the role of Student Ambassador and represent the student sector. “This position will strengthen links between the University of Ulster and CIPR, providing a ‘voice’ for future communicators hoping to establish themselves in this competitive field. “Throughout the year I am looking forward to hands-on experience in busy PR environments as well as putting forward my views on student needs and delivering communications activities and events that will benefit them,” she added. For further information on CIPR membership visit www.cipr.co.uk/ni.

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