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From Resident Assistant to PR Professional

Many college students apply to become a resident assistant (RA) for the perks — which often include free room and board. What they should be thinking about is how the job can benefit them in their future careers. As a resident assistant at La Salle University, here are five skills I believe that becoming a […]

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What I Learned Doing PR for an Alligator Farm

Did you know that large alligators can go up to 18 months without eating? The nearly 20,000 people who “like” the Alligator Alley Facebook page certainly do. Alligator Alley is a popular wildlife sanctuary located in Summerdale, Alabama, about 30 minutes away from the beaches of Gulf Shores. This summer, I had the opportunity to […]

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Podcast with the Pros: Marlene Neill, Ph. D., APR

Marlene Neill, Ph.D., APR, is an assistant professor at Baylor University. She teaches courses in public relations and advertising. She also serves as the faculty adviser for the Baylor PRSSA Chapter. Neill is an accredited member of the Central Texas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She served as the chair for the […]

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#PRSSANC Advice from the National Committee

With Boston and #PRSSANC less than two weeks away, the National Committee came together to give their best advice on how to get the most out of Conference. Check out their advice below: Emma Finkbeiner: Sit next to someone new in every session and introduce yourself. Also, follow up with the students and professionals you […]

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Three Tidbits I Gained from Speaking with an Informational Interviewer

This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to spend several months in Washington D.C.  working as a communications intern for the United Nations Foundation. I had a fantastic experience working in for a global NGO and experiencing the great sights and sounds of our nation’s capital. This experience was also an important stepping stone […]

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Secrets of the PR World: Intern Edition

Summer internships are a whole lot more than just a fancy addition to stick on your resume or something to fill those long summer days. They’re meant to open your eyes to how the real world handles and uses PR. After spending the summer interning at a hospital in a big city, I learned quite […]

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Why your Chapter Should Host a PRSSA Regional Conference

“My favorite thing about hosting a Conference was the opportunity to get students in the region together and let them experience a Conference,” said Wade Draper, Utah Valley University PRSSA Chapter President. “Many don’t get to go to National Conference, so it was great to give them that experience.” Networking is the backbone of any […]

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Guide to Crafting your Elevator Speech

The elevator speech is one of many tools budding professionals and students should have in their repertoire. But don’t feel limited to only using your speech in an elevator. As fall approaches, you’d be surprised how many opportunities you might have to use those few rehearsed verses. Networking events, conferences, first-day-of-class introductions (raise your hand […]

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Podcast with the Pros: Heather Whaling

Heather Whaling, CEO and founder of Geben Communication, takes the German root of her company’s name to heart. Geben, which means “to give,” focuses on providing its employees with a quality work experience. She also focuses on this meaning throughout other aspects of her life. Heather is an advocate for women and girls in the […]

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Building Your Squad: Finding a Mentor

You probably already know all the reasons why you need a mentor but maybe you’re stuck on how to get one. Luckily, back-to-school season represents a prime period for building your network. Here are some things to consider while seeking a new mentor. Where to look. Establish a rapport with a faculty adviser – they […]

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