Monthly Update

April 6

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Leadership Rally Keynote Speaker Announced
Chapter presidents at the PRSSA 2015 Leadership Rally will learn from Keynote Speaker Julia Hood, the executive vice president at Haymarket Media. All incoming presidents are invited to register to attend #PRSSALR on May 29–31 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Deadline to register is May 4.

The #PRSSANC Website Is Live
Visit the PRSSA 2015 National Conference website for information regarding the National Conference and interesting facts about the host city, Atlanta. You also can view a Conference presentation on YouTube. Don’t delay and register today; registration closes on Oct. 2.


Prepare for Success With PRSSA
National President Heather Harder
Tap into the PRSSA benefits for help as you prepare for internship and job interviews. Whether you need professional advice, additional portfolio materials or job leads, PRSSA has you covered. Seniors also should review our website for post-PRSSA opportunities. Connect with Heather Harder if you have any questions.

Graduating Seniors, Apply for PRSA Membership
Immediate Past President Brian Price
Did you know graduating seniors can apply for PRSA membership up to six months before graduation? For just $60, you can become a PRSA Associate Member and continue your professional development. That's a saving of $200! Associate Members also receive a complimentary New Professionals Section membership with promo code AM15, an additional saving of $20.

Find Your Summer Internship 
Vice President of Career Services Jonathan Hill
Now is the time to apply for your summer internship. Take advantage of PRSSA's Internship Center and find employers who are looking for PRSSA members just like you! 
Recent opportunities include the following:

  • Web Communications Intern, U.S. Census Bureau — Washington, D.C.  
  • Public Relations Intern, Waggener Edstrom Communications — multiple locations
  • Health Care Public Relations Intern, inVentiv Health Public Relations — Santa Monica, Calif. 

Connect with Jonathan Hill if you have any additional questions.
Win Complimentary PRSSA 2015 National Conference Registration
Vice President of Chapter Development Paige Weber
Do you want the chance to win two free registrations to the PRSSA 2015 National Conference? All your Chapter has to do is submit an idea by April 30 to the FUNdraising Bowl, an annual competition that encourages Chapters to share fundraising ideas. Each month, from February–April, a winning submission is picked and continues on as a finalist until the grand prize winner is chosen in June. Be sure to read the guidelines and review past entries in the FUNdraising Playbook. Feel free to connect with Paige Weber if you have any questions.
Help Us Help You
Vice President of Member Services Jordan Paquet
Please review the Scholarship & Award Qualifying Chart to identify the right one for you. Many of the deadlines are coming up soon, so be proactive about applying. Please contact Jordan Paquet if you have any questions.

Become Nationally Affiliated
Vice President of Professional Development Dea Pennington
Has your student-run firm received PRSSA National Affiliation status? Join the upper echelons of student-run firms by ensuring your firm abides by connectionprofessionalism and structure. Nationally Affiliated Student-Run Firms represent the best of the Society while having the opportunity to network with an exclusive group of student leaders. Firms with National Affiliation status are able to participate in PRSSA’s Student-Run Firm Awards, gain new clients and apply to work closely with the PRSSA National Committee. Do you have questions about National Affiliation? Contact Dea Pennington for more information.

Highlight Your Chapter’s Work
Vice President of Public Relations Ethan Parry
Does your Chapter want to be recognized nationally? If the answer is yes, one way to make it happen is by submitting Chapter News. If your Chapter is proud of what it accomplished, and it could benefit another Chapter, please send a press release to Be sure to reference the PRSSA Style Guide as you write. For more information, connect with Ethan Parry.

Host a Regional Conference
Vice President of Regional Conferences David Lee Watta
Chapters large and small can benefit from hosting a Regional Conference. It's a great way to offer programing for your Chapter year-round and also can be a major source of funding. Contact David Watta to find out more about hosting a conference in spring 2016.

Boost Your Portfolio
Publications Editor in Chief Laura Daronatsy
If you’re looking to give your portfolio an extra boost before the end of the semester, we’re still accepting writers for Progressions. Also, if you didn’t make it to National Assembly, you should really check out this year’s recaps. Those interested in writing should contact Laura Daronatsy.