The Don Bartholomew Award is intended to provide a public relations/communications or business school graduate student with the opportunity to gain practical experience in public relations research at Ketchum and learn what “research that matters to the practice” means. The intern will also have the opportunity to have their resulting research paper published on the Institute for Public Relations’ website.

Download Application: Don Bartholomew Application

Download Research Prospectus: Don Bartholomew Research Prospectus

Ketchum Global Research & Analytics in cooperation with the Institute for Public Relations.

Award Content

  • The winner of the Don Bartholomew Award will receive a $5,440 stipend and an 8-week public relations research internship at Ketchum occurring virtually during the summer of 2021.
  • The successful candidate will work an average of a 40-hour week with Ketchum Global Research & Analytics on a wide array of clients and challenges – ranging from measurement-focused work to strategic positioning research – with exposure to all areas of the full service PR agency and its resources.
  • At the end of this experience, the Intern will produce a research paper intended for practitioners – not an academic paper, though appropriately rigorous. This paper will be due August 30, 2022.
  • He/she may consider priority topic areas of IPR (see Research Prospectus download), though other topics will be acceptable providing that the paper is successful through one of the standard vetting processes for publication on the IPR website.
  • Development of one or more nontraditional components (infographics, video, etc.) to present the aforementioned research is encouraged.
  • The winner will receive a $2,500 grant for the research paper, after it has been accepted for publication by IPR.
  • The winner will be recognized at the 2020 IPR Distinguished Lecture and Awards Dinner in NYC.

Who May Apply
Graduate students majoring in public relations, communications, business, or research who have completed at least one year of study towards a Masters or Ph.D. degree and one research methodology course. Complete fluency in written and spoken English is critical for the successful candidate.

Required Application Materials

  • Application Form
  • Statement of Interest explaining why you feel you should be considered for the Don Bartholomew Award for Excellence in Public Relations Research.
  • Research Prospectus that outlines the type of research project you contemplate designing and carrying out, should you be awarded the grant.
  • An Endorsement/Sponsorship Statement from the professor who would serve as your faculty advisor in connection with the grant. This should be emailed directly to by the professor.
  • A resume of public relations-related work/research experience and/or other pertinent experience.

Address for Submissions: Email to the Institute for Public Relations at

Selection Process
Will be done by a panel of distinguished public relations researchers, educators and practitioners. The top two candidates will be interviewed by Ketchum, preferably in person. Ketchum is seeking someone who exhibits exceptional intellect in the field of PR research and measurement, and who can also serve as a valued member of the staff in the NY office during the 10-week internship.

2019 Winner | Carlina DiRusso, The Pennsylvania State University

Carlina DiRusso, a Ph.D. student at the Pennsylvania State University, won the prestigious 2019 Don Bartholomew Award for Excellence in Public Relations Research.

DiRusso’s research paper from her time at Ketchum is titled: “How to Design Corporate Advocacy Campaigns: Examining Relevance, Valence and Intensity.” Read the blog based on her research here.

Past Winners

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