On Sept. 3, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Sammie Lynn Puett Chapter and UT Ad Club hosted their annual social to welcome new and returning members back to campus for the fall semester. We were excited to meet interested potential members and to soon welcome them into our amazing organizations.
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) provides many opportunities for upcoming communication professionals to expand their network, learn from their peers and benefit from the opportunities that the national organization provides.
Our chapter, the Sammie Lynn Puett Chapter, is gearing up for another spectacular year of programming and opportunities. New and returning members alike will benefit from an update in the membership process and from a wide array of speakers, strategically arranged to bring the most pertinent information needed before graduation.
The key change in PRSSA this semester is the ability to join and pay dues online. This is a game changer, as returning members may remember the hassle of bringing a check or cash with a completed information form to our Ad/PR office.
Now, you can head to joinprssa.org to join and to pay your dues! Make sure to select the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as your chapter, and you will be added to our roster. Dues are $65 and can be paid online until September 30, 2019.
How does a membership with PRSSA benefit you? A small portion of dues go toward our chapter. This means providing food at meetings, recruiting top-notch guest speakers and other member-exclusive benefits. The remaining balance of dues secures a spot in the national PRSSA network. This is beneficial because of the connection to more than 10,000 students and advisers organized into 300 Chapters in the United States, Argentina, Colombia and Peru. PRSSA also bridges the gap into the professional world through a rich history of support from our parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which offers professional development, networking opportunities and news. Furthermore, our graduating PRSSA members receive a steep discount on dues to join PRSA upon graduating— meaning it’s never too late to join!
Being involved in a national organization is a beneficial addition to the college experience. PRSSA can enhance your education, broaden your network and launch your career. One of the executive team’s favorite advantages is the internship center on prssa.org. It features member-only access to job and internship postings to ensure you’re getting the most out of your time with our organization. The ability to list PRSSA as an official involvement on your resume is perhaps the most popular benefit of joining PRSSA, and we are glad to know this has resulted in countless professional positions and connections.
We are so enthusiastic about this time in our chapter’s development, and we can’t wait to see everyone #joinPRSSA! If you have any questions about the process, feel free to contact us.
During summer 2019, some of our members took over our Instagram account (@utkprssa) to show us a day-in-the-life of a communications intern. From public relations firms in Knoxville to global entertainment agencies, our members have been gaining some pretty amazing experience this summer. Here’s what you missed, if you didn’t catch it on Instagram. You can also see all our takeovers on our Instagram highlights.
Loren Gilbert: UT System Office of Communications and Marketing
Loren took us to UT Martin for a communicators conference as part of her internship with the UT System Office of Communications and Marketing.
“The past seven months of interning with the UT System have allowed me to apply the valuable information I have learned in my CCI courses to the real world. I am looking forward to beginning a new journey with Moxley Carmichael as their fall public relations intern.”
Jacob Teetzmann: Moxley Carmichael
Jacob gave us a glimpse into agency life at this fast-paced agency located in downtown Knoxville. He spent much of his summer writing, pitching stories, curating content for social media, researching and contributing to marketing strategy and business development.
“The most valuable experience was working for a U.S. based public relations agency and to see the cultural differences and similarities in the work processes and approaches.”
During 2019-2020, Jacob will continue with his graduate studies and assistantship at UT and will be the communications manager for the UT EcoCar Mobility Challenge Team.
Victoria Johnson: Dollywood
Victoria brought us to Water Safety Day at Dollywood’s Splash County to show a special event that Dollywood has hosted for 10 years. She has grown exponentially professionally and shares some of her advice for those still looking for experience:
“Make and build connections, especially with the professors at UT. They really want to help us and help us all grow. I heard about this internship from Dr. Childers, and she recommended that I apply, and here I am!”
Sarah Rindermann: Grapevine Communications
Sarah let us have some fun in the sun with her in Sarasota, Florida with her internship at Grapevine Communications. Sarah assisted in running reports, contributing to strategic planning, researching social media ideas and catching up on industry trends.
“Grapevine took me in as one of their own and were always working to make sure I was experiencing multiple aspects of the firm and feeling like I mattered more than an intern. For anyone looking for an internship, don’t be afraid to stretch your boundaries on where you’re comfortable! I expected to hate agency life and ended up loving it, so don’t be afraid to try new things!”
Catherine Johnson: Choice Media and Communications
Catherine joined us from Nashville as she took us along on her day as a publicity intern for Choice Communications.
“It’s been an awesome experience for me because I’ve been able to see national media coverage in the New York Times. I’ve been blessed by this experience.”
Amy Nelson: Discovery
Amy showed us what it’s like working at Discovery during its Shark Week festivities. She also gave us a tour of Discovery Knoxville’s facilities.
“It’s super cool to be able to put some scenario-based planning to work in order to creatively work around last minute hiccups.”
Hannah James: Transitions Online
Hannah took us the farthest from home to Prague, Czech Republic for her internship with the nonprofit Transitions Online.
“One of the most important things I’ve learned with this internship and that I’ll be able to apply to not only my classes but the real public relations world is the theory of human-centered design.”