MEPRA Student Pitch Challenge
MEPRA Invites all PR and comms students to represent their University and compete in the MEPRA Student Pitch Challenge for the chance to win a prize package valued at over AED18,000!
In teams of five or less, students will be asked to respond to a communications brief set by Emirates Literature Foundation, home of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature – the biggest celebration of the written and spoken word in the Arab world – and take part in a live virtual pitch to a panel of senior industry professionals. Ahead of the pitch challenge, students will hear from senior practitioners on how to dissect a brief and develop a communications strategy before the Emirates Literature Foundation team delivers their live brief.
The MEPRA Student Pitch Challenge is an interactive virtual event split over two days, filled with mini workshops, an opportunity to impress senior industry professionals and learn with likeminded students from other universities. Download the event brochure here
Prize for winning team (max 5 per team)
Free student/individual MEPRA membership for one year
Complimentary tickets to attend the MEPRA Leadership Majlis for each team member
Complimentary tickets to attend the REMAP Creative communications Congress for each team member
Complimentary tickets to attend the MEPRA Awards Gala for each team member
Free MEPRA Academy training for each team member for 12 months
Total Prize Value: AED 18,600
About MEPRA’s support for students
The MEPRA Student Chapter focuses on meeting the needs of students and graduates as they prepare to enter the communications profession. Through this programme, student members can grow their network, build knowledge through focused workshops and gain access to industry resources and training to further develop their skills prior to entering the workforce. University members of MEPRA receive access to internship opportunities with some of the region’s top communication consultancies for their students, free ‘beyond the classroom’ workshops with industry professionals, one-on-one support through our MEPRA Youth Board Student-Connect programme. access to guest lecturers, access to CIPR’s continuous professional development platform which includes 1,000 free webinars and training resources, plus discounts to industry events and more. University membership starts at AED 3,950 p/a.
MEPRA also offers student membership for those who want to join the MEPRA community but are not part of a university membership. The MEPRA Student Chapter is your entry into the communications profession. We believe that the region’s students will become the public relations leaders of tomorrow; we are committed to supporting students across the region who either currently specialise in a communication-related subject and wish to join the profession, or those who see themselves pursuing a career in PR and are seeking experience in the field.
As the region’s leading industry body for public relations, student members of MEPRA will benefit from a variety of resources and opportunities to kick-start a career in the communications profession as well as improving their practical understanding.
Student Member Benefits
MEPRA Student Members are in the best possible position to increase their employability, enrich their CV and gain direct exposure to the industry’s leaders. MEPRA University or Student membership includes the following benefits:
- Access to MEPRA’s virtual workshops led by industry professionals, held every two weeks on topics ‘beyond the classroom’
- Access to exclusive internship placements to increase chances of workplace opportunities
- Access to guest lecturers to deliver case studies or presentations on new industry trends
- Access to the MEPRA Youth Board Student-Connect Programme, which offers one-on-one support on project review, career goal planning, CV prep, interview prep and more.
- Discount on MEPRA industry events
- Access to local industry research and thought leadership
- Discounted PR Week news subscription
- Student membership fee guaranteed for 1 year from date of expected graduation as post-graduate; Individual membership fee introduced thereafter.
University Membership starts at only AED3,950 p/a; Student Membership is only AED 300 p/a.
Employers: Search for Interns using student member portal
All MEPRA registered members can connect with students and recent graduates for internship opportunities by using the MEPRA dedicated student portal. The portal includes MEPRA student member profiles which include their CV, cover letter and any relevant experience.
MEPRA is also offering members the opportunity to advertise internship placements within the portal. These internship advertisements are free and part of membership. Please contact email@example.com if you would be interested in posting an internship vacancy.
To help navigate internship programmes, MEPRA has developed an internship toolkit which includes guidelines, tips and resources on managing a placement. Read through our programme toolkit here.
MEPRA’s University Members