by MORGAN STOLPA, CSU PR Intern
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a student-run group dedicated to expanding personal and professional development beyond the classroom.
- Why should students join your organization?
Join PRSSA to build your resume, learn about the many facets of public-relations/communications and meet your fellow classmates. After all, in the fields of public relations and communications your classmates today will be your colleagues in the future.
- What do you do, what makes you special, what do you have to offer?
PRSSA is not only a recognized RSO but, a national student organization for students interested in the public relations or communications fields. Our RSO is special because we build real connections with professionals in our fields by touring public relations and communications firms such as Weber Shandwick, Padilla CO. and Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis, as well as having professionals attend our meetings to speak about their experiences.
- Do you have to apply, how selective are you, do you target a specific audience?
Anyone interested can join PRSSA and attend meetings. However, to become a recognized member, students must pay a fee. For one semester it’s $50 and for both semesters it’s $80. As recognized member, students will have exclusive access to the PRSA Job Center, PRSSA Internship Center, career resources and a directory with access to broad network of professionals.
- What is your ultimate goal?
The ultimate goal of PRSSA is to prepare members for their future occupations by building upon the foundation of their education. Most students have the knowledge they need to succeed but how do they apply those skill sets? Attend PRSSA meetings and learn about writing press releases, social media strategies, pitching ideas, building your resume, expanding your network, internships and more!
- How many members do you have?
We currently have 20-30 paying members.
- How many years have you been in the University?
Minnesota State Mankato’s chapter of PRSSA was started in 2002 by Dr. Jane McConnell.
- How often do you meet?
We meet every other Wednesday at 6:45 pm. In the Heritage Room.
- What other Universities have your organization?
PRSSA is made up of more than 10,000 students and advisers organized into 300 plus chapters in the United States, Argentina, Colombia and Peru.
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