JPR: BIPOC Mentorship Program

With Who:  J Public Relations

Location:  San Diego, CA

Type of Employment:  Temporary

Dates:  March 2021 – June 2021

Position Description:  (This is a paid, temporary position.) J Public Relations is excited to introduce a new BIPOC Mentorship Program in March 2021. This will be a paid Mentorship program and JPR will stipend housing and transportation while working at our San Diego headquarters for four months. This particular mentorship program will be focused on fostering the growth and advancement of the next generation of BIPOC public relations and social media professionals. Thirty percent of our current management team started in our Mentorship program – we understand the importance of investing in all levels.

Who are we?  We’re passionate, professional, and purpose-driven. We’re dedicated to our work, the agency, our clients, and each other. Being a part of this international powerhouse agency will connect you to a roster of distinguished hotels, resorts, restaurants, real estate projects, and destinations across the globe, elevating your career (and your frequent flier status). At J Public Relations, we’re incredibly intentional about our company culture and are proud to have been recognized most recently by PR News Best Places to Work, New York Observer PR Power 50, PR Couture Spotlight Agency of the Year, and Crain’s Best Places to Work (to name a few). We believe in a work-life blend, where you’ll be empowered to continue learning and growing through mentorship, trainings and retreats, along with a connected company culture.

Who are you?  Creative, collaborative, connected. You strive to be your best, and help others be their best. You’re driven, savvy, and solution-oriented. Motivated and passionate, our teams continue to find ways to ideate and innovate, bringing client service to a whole new level. If this sounds like you, then please read on!

What is the BIPOC Mentorship?  The BIPOC post graduate mentorship program is a four-month (March – June 2021) entry-level position with a path to hire. The mentorship will allow knowledge learned in school to expand and translate into the workforce, and improve diversity in the public relations and communications industry. The program is an opportunity for a BIPOC individual to gain experience and guidance from seasoned professionals, and to learn in an environment that supports questions and growth in PR and social media. The dual role will support the teams, clients and accounts while learning tools and enhancing a skill set along the way. The mentorship will allow exposure to all facets of the agency. The mentorship asks for reliability and a passion for travel, hospitality, lifestyle, and media/social media.

The Mentorship Program will take place in JPR’s San Diego office and JPR is committed to supporting the candidate’s ability to live and work in the city. Acceptance into the program includes transportation to and from San Diego from the candidate’s city of residence (within the US) as well as a stipend for four months of housing in San Diego. The mentorship is also a paid program with up to 32 hours of work per week.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Assigned to account teams and become a client-facing and integral part of the account work

  • Trainings in several tools like Cision (media lists), Cision dashboards for reporting, Fohr (influencer database), Harvest (time tracking), Barcelona Principles (reporting tool), Sprout Social, Facebook Business Manager, TV Eyes, and more

  • Assist in research on upcoming trends, articles and social media related to the PR industry and clients specific to: travel, luxury hospitality, lifestyle and culinary

  • Assist with reporting and gathering information to develop efficient pitches and social content creation

  • Create and write press materials: fact sheets, media lists, press releases, newsletters, bios/backgrounders

  • Create and write social media captions, research and compile user-generated content (UGC), and learn community management

  • Assist in brainstorming and planning sessions for story angles and partnerships, and use that to draft pitches and media-facing messages

  • Secure press placements with guidance from your teams

  • Monitor media and social posts, create media clips and influencer reports, draft client-facing placement spotlights

  • Monitor and update all administrative tasks and duties

  • Assist with data input for weekly and monthly reporting/client updates

  • Ability to navigate Cision, creating and updating quality media lists

  • Research publications, editorial calendars and maintain targeted media and influencer lists

  • Assist with drafting of weekly updates or look-aheads working with team members

  • Responsible for media tracking and client reporting (media clips, publicity alerts, Cision dashboards, digital alerts and calculating PR values)

  • Skills in establishing and maintaining effective, respectful and professional relationships with employees and clients

  • Ability to perform other tasks or projects assigned by Account Leads and teams


  • Bachelor’s degree (public relations, communication, journalism, marketing or similar)

  • Previous industry experience is welcome but not required


  • Oral communication skills

  • Written communication skills

  • Customer relations

  • Social media knowledge

  • Organizational skills

  • Proficient in computer programs (word/power point/ excel/Google programs)

  • Presentation skills

  • Enthusiasm and can-do attitude

  • Must be able to commit to a weekly schedule (minimum of 32 hours per week)

Applicants for employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa.

Apply (or request more information):  Apply today on the JPR Careers site!

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