By: Sara Strohschein
Coming on board as one of PRSSA’s executive board members can change your academic career. It comes with many benefits and experiences that you will cherish for a lifetime. So, what exactly are the benefits?
No matter what position you take on, you’ll gain valuable experience. If you’re the director of digital communications, you’ll create social media posts for the chapter’s social accounts. If you’re the director of chapter events, you’ll plan and prepare for events, such as the spring banquet. If you’re the creative director, you’ll create designs for merchandise and the annual report. The possibilities are endless, but you’ll always be gaining experiences that will help you in the future and in your PR career.
PRSSA is a great way to meet people who are going into the same field as you. You’ll become friends with your fellow executive board members, meet many people through your PRSSA chapter and even other chapters if you attend a national or regional conference.
You’ll make connections
Besides making new friends, you’ll have the opportunity to network with professionals. Our chapter brings in speakers who are professionals in the PR world. You’ll get the chance to build a connection with them before meetings and get their contact information for the future.
You’ll grow as a person
PRSSA helps young professionals grow. Are you shy? Taking on the responsibility of an executive board position can help you come out of your shell and grow as a person (I should know). You’ll have many obligations and be relied on by others. This will give you experience that you can apply to your future and will prepare you for bigger roles, such as an internship or your first job after graduation.
The point is, you should consider applying for a PRSSA executive board position. You never know where it could take you!