The Public Relations Student Society of America

11 01 2009
If you are a student who is interested in Public Relations, then the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the perfect organization for you to join. The PRSSA was founded in 1968 by its parent foundation, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Being a member of the PRSSA gives you the opportunity to network with students and professionals, stay informed about current public relations issues, receive scholarships, and travel to regional and national conferences. It is a national organization that is broken up into chapters at universities as well as afiliate students who do not have a chapter at their university. 

I have only been a member for a little over a year now, but my time as a member has been well spent. I strongly encourage you to not only join the PRSSA, but to become an active member. Here are a few suggestions for you:

  1. Don’t simply become a member to put it on your resume. BE INVOLVED.
  2. Know the national website, the national committe, and the executive board of directors in your chapter.
  3. Take advantage of jobcenter on the website
  4. Attend at least one national conferenceregional activity, or national assembly – the national conference is FANTASTIC! If you are a little tight on money though, a regional activity is a great way to meet people locally and have a small taste of what conference is like. National Assembly is a great way to represent your chapter and University while having the opportunity to truly learn about the PRSSA
  5. Utilize your networking opportunities with other PRSSA chapters and with professionals in the PRSA

Click here to see if your university has a chapter. If it does, contact the president and advisor and find out when it meets. You can become a new member in March and in November. If your university does no have a chapter you can a) establish one b) become an affiliate member

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