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I don't know how many of you are deciding between careers in science and public relations, but if you are, Spectrum Communications might be a great fit.


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I bet there aren’t many of you out there who are deciding between a career in science and a career in public relations. There just isn’t a lot of overlap between the two fields in terms of subject matter and in terms of people. However, Washington, DC based Spectrum Communications has carved out a significant niche in the areas of science and healthcare public relations. They’ve put together “a team of self-acknowledged science geeks and health policy wonks,” and these geeks and wonks obviously have a strong background in public relations as well. This is important because PR in the fields of science and health is extremely complex. With “sophisticated concepts and often restrictive regulatory environments” it’s easy to make mistakes, and that could cost a client millions of dollars. Spectrum Communications has been around since 1996, so you have to think that they know what they’re doing.

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If you’re wondering what kind of work Spectrum Communications does, you’re in luck. They have a number of case studies available on their website. You can read about how they helped a pharmaceutical company recruit for a clinical trial of a new Alzheimer’s drug or you can check out how they helped make microbes appeal to kids. And if you want to get to know Spectrum Communications even better, you can check out their The Full Spectrum Blog. And if you like what you see, you should obviously check out jobs at Spectrum Communications. Although it doesn’t appear that they list specific job openings, they do have an online application that has a dropdown prepopulated with positions that you can apply for. The two positions that seem suitable for new grads are Assistant Account Executive and Web Designer. They say that they “foster personal and professional growth at every level,” so go ahead and apply.

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