Student/Early Career

About the IABC Student/Early Career Shared Interest Group

IABC’s Student and Early Career Professional Shared Interest Group provides opportunities, resources and support to college students and early professionals with the goal of enhancing career readiness and instilling a life-long passion for the field. This initiative takes inspiration and action from its members who assume volunteer leadership roles to facilitate networking, produce programs, promote volunteerism and provide access to experienced professionals. 

Upcoming Events/Conversations

Event posting coming soon. 

About Our Student and Early Career Professional SIG Leaders

Alexandra Hichel
SIG Lead

Alexandra Hichel is director of recruitment & communications for the College of Liberal Arts & Education at University of Detroit Mercy. She has more than 20 years' experience in internal and external communication, website development and photography. Hichel also serves as an adjunct faculty instructor within the University's Department of Communication Studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication and Public Relations from Wayne State University. Within IABC, she is presently the lead for the Student and Early Career Professional Shared Interest Group, the immediate past region chair for the Heritage Region and a Silver Quill co-chair. Previously, she has served as Silver Quill Communication Awards chair, Heritage Region chair, a past president of IABC Detroit and was recognized at the international level as a 2014 IABC Chapter Leader of the Year.

Rick Alcantara
SIG Vice Lead

Rick Alcantara is president of Rick Alcantara Consulting and executive communications director for Princeton Strategic Communications. He advises corporate, nonprofit and government clients on public relations, crisis communications, social media and digital marketing. Rick is president-elect of IABC Philadelphia, board member of the IABC Heritage Region, past president of PRSA Philadelphia and a member of PRSA's Counselor's Academy.


Elyse Luecke
Team Leader

Elyse Luecke will graduate from the University of Missouri in May 2022 with degrees in Journalism (Strategic Communications) and Political Science. She is from St. Louis, Missouri. Her communications experience includes the Princeton Summer Journalism Program, Washington University Communications Institute, St. Louis Public Radio, AHC Consulting, MOJO Ad and she has interned for both the Missouri State Senate and House of Representatives. She is also a published author in Mizzou’s undergraduate magazine. Elyse also serves as a board member for IABC St. Louis. In her free time, she enjoys writing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Arma Malik
Team Leader

Jacob Robinson
Team Leader

Jacob is a life-long learner with extensive experience in content creation, event planning, community management, administration, customer service and public speaking. He strategically integrates project management with public relations, leading to top results for organizations. Jacob currently leads IABC/Toronto’s student circle committee and is completing his internship with A Leader Like Me, a subscription service that helps underrepresented people who don’t often see people like them in leadership roles. He is also the podcast producer and host of PRogress with Jacob R, where he interviews PR practitioners and professional communicators resulting in a memorable learning experience for audiences everywhere.

Anu Sharma
Team Leader

Anu Sharma is a consultant with one of Canada’s leading full-service public affairs consulting firm-Prospectus Associates. With over 13 years in the public relations and communications field, her areas of expertise include media relations, digital marketing, event management and reputation management. Having worked with multinational organizations such as Canon and Weber Shandwick, Anu has a proven track record of planning and executing high-profile projects. Her latest academic achievement was obtaining a public relations diploma from Algonquin College, Ottawa. She is an executive secretary at the 2021-22 IABC Ottawa Board of Directors.



For information about Shared Interest Groups, or if you are interested in starting a new SIG, please contact member_relations@iabc.com