I got my big break while still working on my degree at California State University at Fullerton. I had spent several weeks gathering background information for a case study in my PR management class when my contact suddenly canceled our interview. My professor, Norman Nager, helped put me in touch with a former student that worked at the Bohle Company.
I studied their website and noticed that their internships were all full-time and required a communications degree, so getting a job was the last thing on my mind when I went to the interview. I was excited about going because the Bohle Company specialized in tech PR, and I had started my college career in computer programming. The interview went well and the AE was very helpful, answering all my questions about the company and agency life in general.
After finishing my case study, I sent her a copy of the report and a thank you note. I figured I'd never hear from her again, but at the end of the term she called to offer me an internship. That's how I got my first full-time PR job - with no degree, no interview, and no resume.