Monthly Update

Sept. 4

In this issue …


Let the Countdown Begin
National Conference Committee
The countdown to the PRSSA 2014 National Conference in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 10–14 has begun! Our programming at this year's Conference will include sessions led by top public relations professionals from the sports, hospitality, corporate, nonprofit sectors and more. 

Registration closes Sept. 9. Stay up to date by 'liking' the PRSSA 2014 National Conference page on Facebook and following the event on Twitter at @PRSSANC.


Stay Current With PRSSA News and Events
National President Heather Harder
PRSSA has the resources to help you get ahead of the competition. For networking and speakers register for the PRSSA National Conference. To keep up with industry news and trends, follow PRSSA News and Intelligence. For more opportunities, talk to your Chapter president or connect with your advisers.

Utilize PRSA this Fall
Immediate Past President Brian Price
Make PRSA part of your Chapter's development this fall by tapping into the Champions for PRSSA, the New Professionals Section and your PRSA Sponsor Chapter for guest speakers, mentorship and industry insight. Connecting with PRSA as a student, as a Chapter and as an individual, can help significantly in your transition from student to professional after graduation. 
Fueling Authentic Relationships
Vice President of Advocacy Eric Winkfield
This month marks our annual celebration of ethics. This year's theme is "Fueling Authentic Relationships." As you and your Chapters plan programming for September, be sure to check out the many resources that are available on ethics. Be sure to join the PRSSA Ethics Twitter chat on Sept. 9 and the PRSA Webinar Sept. 25. Happy Ethics Month!
Find a Fall Internship on the PRSSA Internship Center
Vice President of Career Services Jonathan Hill
Several new additions have recently been posted on the PRSSA Internship Center! Locations include New York, Miami, San Diego, Maryland and New Jersey. Those who have already secured internships for this fall should check out the PRSSA Career Manual for industry advice and information. Send any future internship opportunities or career questions to

Recent opportunities include:

  • Public Relations Intern, The Dana Agency Public Relations – New York and Miami
  • Public Relations Intern, J. Walcher Communications – San Diego
  • Public Relations Intern, Beckerman PR – New Jersey 

Calling All Chapter Presidents
Vice President of Chapter Development Paige Weber
Join the Chapter Presidents Google Group to connect and collaborate with fellow Chapter leaders! Remember to fill out the Chapter Officer Form as well so the PRSSA National Committee can get in touch with you and help you plan an amazing year.

Scholarships and Awards Deadline Approaching
Vice President of Member Services Jordan Paquet
It's your last chance! Applications for three PRSSA scholarships and awards are due Friday, Sept. 12. Visit the scholarships and awards website to learn more about eligibility and the application.
Student-run Firm Awards and PRSSA/PRSA Relationship Month
Vice President of Professional Development Dea Pennington
If your student-run firm is doing outstanding work and you think it deserves national recognition then apply for the Student-Run Firm Awards this upcoming Sept. 12. Remember, October is fast approaching and marks this year's PRSA/PRSSA Relationship month. Therefore, be sure to check out the Relationship Manual for ideas on how to plan to connect with your PRSA sponsor Chapter during October.
Participate in PRSSA National Twitter Chats
Vice President of Public Relations Ethan Parry
PRSSA National Twitter chats are a simple way for members to connect with each other and at the same time, learn and discuss topics that are relevant to our industry. The next Twitter chat will be Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. EDT and will be kicking off Ethics month. For more dates and more information on how to participate in Twitter chats, read this Progressions blog post.

Spring Regional Conferences
Vice President of Regional Conferences, David Lee Watta
Regional Conference bid applications have been collected for the 2014–2015 academic year. After a rigorous review process, we plan to announce the winning Chapters in October. If you missed the deadline to apply, contact David Watta for other opportunities. 

Ready to Try Writing for PRSSA?
Publications Editor in Chief Laura Daronatsy
Start your school year off on a high note by writing for PRSSA.

Writing opportunities this month include:


Sept. 9 — National Conference registration and hotel reservation deadline

Sept. 9Ethics 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