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Public Relations Student Society of America
Public Relations Student Society of America educates members about the PR field and provides them with learning and networking opportunities. PRSSA provides an avenue for idea exchange and professional development.
As a member, you can visit award-winning agencies and corporate PR offices, host CEO and VP-level speakers and engage in service and community projects. You can also compete in the national Bateman Competition, which stresses the importance of research and planning for implementation, steps that can sometimes be overlooked in the classroom environment.
UCM's student-led public relations firm is managed and operated by current PR students who work professionally with real clients. IPR gives students experience planning, implementing and evaluating projects for clients.
IPR students gain experience in:
- Social media campaigns
- Event marketing
- Media relations
- Content creation
Students who apply and are accepted for IPR receive up to three credit hours and serve as PR specialists. The PR specialists work closely together to coordinate tasks, meet deadlines, think creatively and strategically, and represent IPR in a professional and ethical manner. Examples of IPR's work include:
- Promoting the university's new Student Recreation and Wellness Center
- Organizing UCM Earth Week
- Planning the Department of Athletics' first social media night
Apply to be an IPR PR specialist for the summer session or fall semester.