Glen M. Broom is Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University. He joined the faculty in 1979 and served as head of the public relations program and also as Chair of the Department of Journalism. Helping to create one of the Top 10 public relations programs in the country and with more than 40 years in the public relations field, both in the profession and in academia, one of Dr. Broom’s most enduring legacies is the public relations internship program.
The Glen M. Broom Center for Professional Development in Public Relations will provide the necessary resources to administer the internship program allowing the School to engage qualified individuals to advise students, steward and strengthen the program’s ties to the local professional community and forging new relationships.
“The Center creates a partnership between the academy and the profession in mentoring the next generation of practitioners,” Broom says.
As additional support becomes available, the School will seek a Center director to develop training programs for working professionals, create assistance for faculty research and seek further funding for the Center’s activities.
An upper-division internship is a critical component of a public relations education in the School of Journalism & Media Studies. It bridges the connection between academic study and a professional career. It also provides students with hands-on, application-oriented practices that ensure professional success. This will benefit community and industry partners with a pipeline of highly skilled employees. The internship is the experience that Glen Broom fostered and created for his students; it is the internship experience that many students recall when speaking of Glen Broom.
Engaging with the community, the Center will also hold seminars, workshops and service-learning projects for the local and national community public relations practitioners. Further, the Center will support the already strong research activities of faculty and graduate students engaged in scholarly public relations theory and methods.
The Glen M. Broom Center for Professional Development in Public Relations is an ideal way to provide permanent support for the School, as well as honor Dr. Broom’s contributions to the public relations industry.