Whether you’re looking for a way to dive into the PR world or just a way to get involved at BU, becoming a member of our PRSSA chapter is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of. Why should you join BUPRSSA? Keep reading and find out everything we have to offer!
What is BUPRSSA?
We are very lucky at Boston University to have a great chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Every week at our chapter meeting, we meet a professional from the area, listen to their experiences with the PR industry, and get the opportunity to ask them any questions we might have. This is a great opportunity to make connections and learn more about different career options that are out there after graduation. These professionals come from every area, from agencies to smaller non-profits to companies that do their PR in-house. From time to time there are also special member benefits such as opportunities to meet chapters from other schools, attend networking events, and apply for scholarships. Once you become a member, you’ll also gain access to the national PRSSA Job Center and Internship Center where more job and internship opportunities are available.
How can I get more involved?
If you want to do more than just attend these weekly meetings, we have a few committees that you can join! If you’re interested in digital content creation, you can join the digital media team. Team members write and edit blog posts, learn how to look at analytics, keep our Pinterest up and running, and work together to come up with interesting and engaging content ideas! Another great group to join is Unleashed PR, our chapter’s PR Agency. Joining Unleashed is a great opportunity to learn first hand what it’s like to work for an agency. You’ll be placed into a group and assigned a client, then groups will work together to create and execute a PR plan for their client. Our third big committee is the planning committee for our conference. For several years, BU had hosted a regional PRSSA Conference, and we need help making sure it all runs smoothly! In this committee you’ll get great experience planning a large conference and making sure everything runs smoothly.
Wait, what is this conference all about?
For the past few years, BU has been lucky to be chosen to host a regional PRSSA conference. The conference takes place at a site on campus and anyone can register for it! It’s a great opportunity to hear great speakers from different companies and connect with professionals and students from all over the country. More information about the event will be available as the year progresses!
That’s a lot. Is all of this mandatory?
Nothing about BUPRSSA is mandatory! Once you become a member, these opportunities are open to you, but you can pick what you want to participate in. While we encourage our members to attend all the weekly meetings and get involved, it’s no problem if you can’t attend every week. Everyone has different schedules and we understand that sometimes it’s hard to make it to every event. Our goal is to provide as many opportunities as we can and hope that our members take advantage of as many as they can.
Great! How do I sign up?
Come to our first chapter meeting! We’ll be meeting in SAR 101 on September 11 at 5pm. This first meeting is simply informational. You’ll hear about membership fees and about everything PRSSA has to offer, as well as meet the executive board and many current members. It’s a great time to ask us any questions you have! If you’re not sure that PRSSA is right for you, this is a great chance to get a better feel for what the club is all about.
Please feel free to reach out to any of our Executive Board members if you have any immediate questions! All of our contact information can be found under the “About” page of the website.
Hope to see you all at the first meeting!