Among the many different organizations that are available on campus, the College of Liberal Arts is home to the largest student run organizations. The Public Relations Student Society (PRSSA) and the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA) is a combined group that is completely student run, but is given direction and support from its faculty advisors.
PRSSA/PRCA is an organization that allows student to gain advice from professional practitioners. PRSSA/PRCA is focused on helping its students get the information they need to go into the field. They have speakers come to their meetings who work in the world of Public Relations and give the everyday advice that students want to hear. Previous speakers have included; Auburn Alumnus Christopher Confero, Christopher Confero Designs; a representative from Be the Match; Charles Bloom, SECPRguy and many more.
PRSSA/PRCA is not limited to just PR majors, communication majors or even the College of Liberal Arts. They open the organization to anyone who would like to gain the real world experience and learn about PR.
There is an $85 membership fee, but this give you membership on the national level of PRSSA and the state level of PRCA as well as the Auburn chapter of both of these organizations. Being a national member of PRSSA provides you with daily emails about national PR trends, internship opportunities and the newest PR tips.
PRSSA/PRCA meets bi-monthly on Monday nights at 8 p.m. in Tichenor Hall, Room 215.
According to current members the more time and effort that you put into the organization the more you will get out of it. In 2011, 100 percent of PRSSA/PRCA members graduated knowing they had a job. PRSSA/PRCA not only looks great on a resume, but also allows for you to make those connections that you need in order to find a job.
PRSSA/PRCA hosted it first major on campus in Spring 2012. This was PR for Dummies. After attending a similar workshop at the University of Georgia, the officers decided to bring it to Auburn. PR for Dummies was open to any organization that wanted to attend as well as any student wanting to learn about PR. PR for Dummies offered workshops on media relations, social media, fundraising and event planning.
PRSSA/PRCA is in the process of planning a PR for Dummies for the fall as well as a Rent-A-Puppy fundraiser. At this event they will be working with the humane society and you can rent a puppy for a select time period, depending on how much you donate.
PRSSA/PRCA’s next meeting is Sept. 24, 2012. They are just getting started this semester and now would be a great time to get involved.
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