Monthly Update

Aug. 4

In this issue …


Communications, Culture and Networking Opportunities
National Conference Committee
The PRSSA 2014 National Conference, scheduled for Oct. 10–14 in Washington, D.C., is fast approaching. This year's program includes professional development sessions with representatives from Neiman Marcus, Ketchum, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Facebook and many more. Attendees will also hear from keynote speaker Pam Jenkins of Powell Tate on intersecting cultural, ethnic and attitudinal diversity with creative ideas.
Unique to this year’s Conference, early registrants can register to attend agency/career tours at organizations such as Edelman, APCO Worldwide, Burson-Marsteller and the U.S. Navy Office of Information. Registration closes Sept. 9. Stay informed by 'liking' the PRSSA 2014 National Conference page on Facebook and following the event on Twitter at @PRSSANC


Welcome Back
National President Heather Harder
Welcome back to school and to PRSSA meetings! This fall, start the year off on the right foot by reviewing the Chapter Handbook and connecting with fellow members on the PRSSA National social media channels. Don’t forget to contact the National Committee for questions about getting involved and accessing member benefits. We are here to serve you.
Get Involved with PRSA
Immediate Past President Brian Price
As you reach familiar territory, look for opportunities to participate in PRSA Chapter events this fall. Find a PRSA Chapter near you and search its website and social media pages for upcoming events. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for PRSSA registration discounts!
Stand up for Ethics in Public Relations
Vice President of Advocacy Eric Winkfield
September is our annual Ethics Month; so jump-start your year by engaging your Chapters’ in ethics programs and initiatives. Utilize tools such as the PRSA Ethics App and Ethical Standard Advisories to fuel your planning.
Discover Internship Center Updates and New Postings
Vice President of Career Services Jonathan Hill
Make sure you and your Chapter check out the PRSSA Internship Center as often as possible. Postings are starting to pick up just in time for you to apply for an exciting fall internship opportunity. Employers without MyPRSA accounts can now send their internship announcements directly to
Recent fall internship opportunities include:

  • Public Relations Intern, Wagstaff Worldwide – San Francisco, Calif.
  • Public Relations Intern, La Torre Communications – Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Public Relations Intern, Gaffney Bennett Public Relations – New Britain, Conn.

Chapter Development Sessions Selected
Vice President of Chapter Development Paige Weber
Congratulations to those who were chosen to lead a  Chapter Development Session at this year’s National Conference. As you plan for the new school year, check out last year’s Chapter Development Sessions online for advice and tips. Chapter presidents should also join the Chapter Presidents Google Group to stay in touch with other Chapter leaders!
Plan Ahead for Scholarships and Awards
Vice President of Member Services Jordan Paquet
If you held an internship or mentored your peers in the last year, consider applying for opportunities due this upcoming Sept. 12. PRSSA offers more than $30,000 in scholarships and awards annually. Visit the PRSSA website to learn more.
Ask Yourself Some PRSSA Questions
Vice President of Professional Development Dea Pennington
It’s a new school year, time to start asking yourself some questions: Have you connected with members from your PRSA sponsor Chapter? Start cultivating those relationships at the beginning of the year. Have you applied for the Student-Run Firm Awards? Applications are due Sept. 12. Are you a student-run firm leader? Connect with other leaders on Facebook  and consider gaining National Affiliation.
Engage in PRSSA's Channels
Vice President of Public Relations Ethan Parry
Get ready to submit your Chapter News this semester. Chapter News can be your Chapter's upcoming event schedule, event recaps or accomplishments of National Initiatives. Be sure to submit your news in the traditional press release format to
How many of our social media channels do you follow? Check out the list here:

Host a PRSSA 2015 Regional Conference
Vice President of Regional Conferences, David Lee Watta
Between the many different planning stages, hosting a Regional Conference can provide your Chapter members a wealth of experience. Browse the Regional Conference Web page for more information and brainstorming ideas. Be sure to submit your application by the Sept. 1 deadline if you are interested. Remember, only 10 conferences are selected each year.
Boost Your Résumé and Writing Skills
Publications Editor in Chief Laura Daronatsy
If you want to develop the number one skill that employers crave this semester, then consider writing for PRSSA. As a PRSSA member, you have the opportunity to write a blogpost for , grow your writing skills by participating in our Monthly “Progressions Writing Prompts” and get published in our tri-annual digital newspaper, FORUM. For more information or to pitch an idea, contact Laura.


Aug. 4Monthly Update
Aug. 12
— Leading Chapter Growth Twitter Chat
Aug. 25
— Distribution of FORUM
1 — Monthly Update
Sept. 1
  — Regional Conference bids dues
Sept. 9
National Conference registration and hotel reservation deadline
Sept. 9
— Ethics and PRSSA Twitter Chat
Sept. 12
Altschul Champions for PRSSA Outstanding Internship Award applications due
Sept. 12
Robin M. Urbanski Memorial Scholarship applications due
Sept. 12
Student-Run Firm Awards applications due