By: Anna Kendall
Making frugal decisions about what you spend your cash on is an inevitable part of the college experience. Deciding to spend $75 on dues for a professional organization might be a tough decision, especially if you aren’t aware of all the benefits you could experience. Check out five ways PRSSA can benefit you below.
Spending money to become a member of PRSSA might save you money in the long run. When you become a member, you will receive a discounted rate on chapter and national PRSSA events. From spring banquet to national conference, your national membership will give you access to a lower price. You also have the opportunity to join PRSA at a lower rate upon graduation.
Joining PRSSA gives you the chance to gains hands-on experience outside of the classroom. You can gain published work by writing for the publications committee, or experience planning events with the chapter events committee.
PRSSA members are also eligible to apply to CMU’s student run firm PR Central. PR Central works for real clients and students are able to gain valuable experience with real projects.
Networking and mentorship
PRSSA frequently brings professionals in to speak at meetings and for events. As a paid member you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and network with these professionals in addition to connecting with other PR students. There are also opportunities for mentorship from older students in PRSSA.
Finding an internship is a requirement of the IPR program, and PRSSA can help you find one. As a paid member you’ll not only have access to the national internship center, but the CMU PRSSA internship book which is full of resources specifically for CMU students.
Awards and scholarships
Becoming a member of PRSSA will give you opportunities for scholarships and awards from CMU and at the national level. You can also enter national competitions such as the Bateman Case Study Competition, or write for national publications like FORUM.
PRSSA opens doors for its members not only at the university level, but the national level as well. Becoming a paid member of PRSSA is not just a purchase, but an investment in yourself and your future.