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Are you wondering what the Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-MD) has to offer? Sure, you’ve heard of PRSA and may even be a PRSSA member, but you probably think this is another organization that your teachers have stressed that you become a part of for the following reasons: to benefit your future, expand your network and to become “more involved.” Well, you’re right!. But, those are just a few of the benefits of becoming involved in the Maryland Chapter.

Here are a few student resources from the Maryland Chapter for you to use to your advantage. Scroll down for more information:

Mentorships

PRSA-MD’s mentor program isn’t your typical mentor program. Sure, it connects you with a local seasoned professional (who can become an invaluable resource as your navigate your career, offering advice on the best next steps, job leads, etc.). How our program stands apart is that we are a reverse mentoring program – you learn from seasoned pros while they learn from you. You’re likely savvy in social media and computers or in other areas that our seasoned pros may want to learn more about.

The PRSA-MD Mentor Program is a win-win program for you, the mentee, as well as for your mentors. We’ll match candidates with appropriate mentors based on shared skills and interests.

Mentoring young professionals allows you to contribute to the advancement of the profession. If you have at least 5-10 years experience and are interested in sharing your knowledge with the next generation of practitioners, please contact PRSA-MD at info@prsamd.org.

Contact PRSA-MD at info@prsamd.org if you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee.

Scholarship

Kathleen Kelly Undergraduate Scholarship Award

You can always use money for college, right? We know this, which is why the Kathleen Kelly Undergraduate Scholarship is an annual award presented to a student who demonstrates excellent academic credentials and holds promise for a successful career in public relations.

Award details:

  • Scholarship focuses on encouraging all students to strive to high levels of performance and participation in preparation for a career in public relations
  • Provides network of professionals to mentor students, connecting PRSSA chapters and public relations students to PRSA-MD
  • One-time award per selected scholar (amount determined by PRSA-MD Board)
  • Financial need is not considered in selection process

Eligible candidates include:

  • College-level student, sophomore or junior status
  • Must be enrolled in Maryland college or university; or a resident of Maryland attending college outside of the state
  • Concentrated study in an area of communications with the intention to pursue a career in public relations
  • Excellent academic record (minimum 3.0 GPA overall and grades of B or better in all public relations, English and/or writing courses)
  • Commitment to public relations as demonstrated by campus public relations activities, membership in PRSSA and/or other career-related student organizations, public relations work experience (paid, volunteer or internship)
  • Active involvement in campus and/or community organizations

How to apply:

  • Students must submit a completed application including an essay, along with a resume covering all areas outlined in award criteria
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and currently enrolled required

Applications are accepted year-round and are reviewed by the PRSA-MD committee. The committee will select finalists each spring and will make a recommendation to the PRSA-MD Board for final decision and approval. The selected scholar will be presented with the scholarship at the annual Best In Maryland Awards event held in December.

Click here to download the Kathleen Kelly Undergraduate Scholarship Award application.

Volunteering

Even if your internship or your first job in PR or communications has you photocopying and getting coffee, PRSA-MD is an invaluable way to expand your PR and communications skills. By volunteering with our Chapter, you’ll meet local pros, gaining invaluable contacts while you sharpen your skills – making you a more attractive job candidate overall.

Here are some potential committees you can be a part of or complete some tasks for.

New Professionals Committee

Hey, we can all benefit from someone who has our back or “gets it.” Who better to develop a relationship with than other new professionals – people you can become friendly with as you start out in your career? Open to individuals with less than three years experience, our New Professionals Committee includes a number of local programs and networking events (Happy Hours!) tailored to enhancing and utilizing the fresh and innovative ideas of new professionals.

Contact info@prsamd.org to learn more about the New Professionals Committee and to join!

PRSSA

Founded in 1968, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) founded the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) to cultivate a “mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners.” In English, that means that PRSA values PRSSA members as the future leaders of the profession. A pipeline into future PRSA membership [link] and all of the benefits that entails, PRSSA focuses on:

  • Understanding of current theories and procedures of the profession
  • Appreciation of the highest ethical ideals and principles
  • Awareness of an appropriate professional attitude
  • Appreciation of Associate Membership in PRSA and eventually accredited membership

There are over 6,500 members in 220 PRSSA chapters on college campuses across the country. Contact PRSA-MD [hyperlink to membership@prsamd.org] for more information on joining a regional PRSSA chapter. Current chapters are available at the following colleges and universities in Maryland:

  • Bowie State College
  • Hood College
  • Loyola College/Maryland
  • Salisbury University
  • Towson University
  • University of Maryland