PRSSA offers a multitude of opportunities to its members

UWEC's PRSSA chapter has more than 30 members. Here are some of them at their most recent meeting, which focused on perfecting their resumes.
UWEC’s PRSSA chapter has more than 30 members. Here are some of them at the group’s most recent meeting, which focused on perfecting their resumes.

On Tuesday night members of UWEC’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter gathered with their resumes in hand. At this week’s meeting the group was joined by Career Services for a resume workshop to help members prepare for career conference and apply for internships or jobs.

The highly popular and award-winning organization for students meets three times a month and helps give students the opportunity to get hands on experience, enhance their education, broaden their network and launch their careers.

Katie Miller, secretary of UWEC’s PRSSA chapter, cannot overstate the importance of the organization.

“I wish everyone could experience what we do and how we feel each week after we leave PRSSA,” Miller said. “It is so inspiring to be surrounded by people as passionate as you, and we all want everyone to succeed.”

Miller said the chapter has meetings with professionals, workshops and socials. Each semester they also do PR agency tours. Additionally, PRSSA offers its members opportunities to travel to regional and national conference. To top it all off, they focus on friendships and building relationships with their peers, Miller said.

This year PRSSA welcomed Kate Flehmer from Hiebing, an integrated communication agency in Madison. She is also a UWEC alumni. Jay Edenborg from Mayo Clinic Health System spoke to the group about health care PR. Professors Evan Perrault and Maureen Schriner also were guest speakers.

“PRSSA has made all the difference in my college and professional career,” she said. “I do not think I would have the tools or confidence to put myself out there for jobs and internships if it wasn’t for PRSSA.”

Chapter President Hanna Johnson said the group strives to bring a variety of relevant experiences to its members to offer them “insight into the work world and where they might be someday.”

This year the group sent five representatives to the national conference in Washington, D.C., where they won a “Star Chapter” award, which only 30 chapters in the nation are awarded. Yet this semester, UWEC’s PRSSA will send a group to Chicago for the regional conference.

Johnson said PRSSA has opened many doors for her and provided her with priceless connections.

“PRSSA has helped me to develop the skills and confidence I need to go after my dreams,” she said. “I could not imagine my college career without PRSSA or the people I have met because of it. It has given me invaluable experience that I will forever be grateful for.”

PRSSA is open to all majors. The group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Have additional ideas on how PRSSA can help prep students for the real world? Let us know in the comments!

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