November 17, 2021

Boiler Communication honored as top student-run agency in country


Boiler Communication, Purdue’s full-service, student-run marketing and public relations agency, has been recognized by the Public Relations Society of America Foundation as the top firm in the nation out of more than 100 student-run firms.

The PRSA Foundation has honored Boiler Communication with its Dr. F.H. Teahan National Chapter Firm Award. Given annually, this award recognizes the performance and results achieved by the on-campus group as well as the strong business and professional experience its student staff members receive due to the way the firm is managed and operated.

Boiler Communication, housed within the Brian Lamb School of Communication, works with over 60 agency staff, all students, to fulfill the public relations, digital marketing and advertising needs of clients at Purdue, in the Greater Lafayette area, and beyond. Boiler Communication offers students the opportunity to develop skills that can later be applied to real-life agency work. Students represent a range of majors, backgrounds, and skills. Hand-on professional opportunities like Boiler Communication allow students to put skills learned in the classroom to work in a professional setting positioning them for success as they move from college to career.

“Through the nationally recognized Boiler Communication initiative, our students are working directly with industry clients, gaining firsthand experience in advertising, public relations, sales, videography, graphic design, marketing and more,” said Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. “This is a great example of the type of experiential education we want to see across campus as part of our Transformative Education 2.0 Next Move.”

Akridge gave remarks to members of Boiler Communication recognizing their achievements at a reception on Nov. 10.

Christi Eden, agency advisor, lecturer, and director of Lamb School Co-Curricular Engagement, said, “Boiler Communication provides students with valuable, integrated learning experiences and has been credited by many recent alumni as being the leading factor for their success and depth of understanding in their chosen fields of work. Each semester in Boiler Communication counts toward six months of professional experience.”

The Brian Lamb School of Communication is housed in the College of Liberal Arts.

Writer: Bella Vina,

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