In today’s world employers are looking for more than just a degree. They want to see students get out of the classroom and into the real world. Boise State PRSSA offers students that opportunity.
PRSSA stands for Public Relations Student Society of America. The organization has grown since its inception going from an original four members to over 60 members today.
“It’s a student professional organization geared toward public relation students,” said PRSSA President John Garretson. “It’s really for anyone who wants to get into the communication or marketing field but there really is no limit or ceiling to who wants to be in it or get involved.”
PRSSA is in its sixth year at Boise State after being founded in 2008 by communication professor Mary Frances Casper.
PRSSA is a pre-professional public relations organization which prepares students for life after college.
PRSSA does a variety of things. They work with many local and national businesses such as Duct Tape and the National Institute of Mental Health.
Most recently, they put on the Swing Thing. They are currently planning their biggest event of the year which is Comm Con. It will take place on May 1 in the Simplot BD Ball Room in the Student Union Building.
Comm Con will be a career fair for communication students. It will have representatives from all fields of communication from journalism to public relations.
“It gives students that hands- on experience because working outside the classroom is so important,” said PRSSA Financial Director Sam Cooke.
PRSSA is made up of a variety of different students and any student is welcome to join.
“We’re looking for students who are open for a challenge,” Garretson said. “Open for the idea of taking what they have learned in the classroom and putting it into real life experiences.”
PRSSA is offered as a class as COMM 113 and 313. The class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 4:15 p.m. at Boise State’s new Venture College building downtown on Front and Capital. Students are encouraged to attend and can join anytime even if they are not enrolled in the class. A $50 dollar fee is required to become a member.
Students who join can expect many benefits such as building a portfolio to show potential employers, making connections, and attending conferences and conventions.
It is also a great way for students to find jobs after graduation.
Cooke actually just got a job lined up after graduation and that was due in large part to his involvement in PRSSA.
“PRSSA is where I invested a lot of my time and effort in college,” Cooke said. “I have met some of my best friends, traveled across the country and really made myself better.”
Students can also expect to be part of a close-knit group where everybody knows everybody.
“They can expect to be part of a big family,” Cooke said.
PRSSA is one of the few clubs on campus that gives students that critical real world experience future employers are looking for.
“I think it’s Boise State’s best hidden secret,” Garretson said. “It’s a chance for communication students to put everything they have done and showcase it and say ‘this is what I have done’.”