The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a national pre-professional organization which was established in 1968. In 1983, a few students at Wayne State decided it would be beneficial to communication majors to have an opportunity to join this organization. Through hard work and the support of Professor James Measell, they raised enough support to gain recognition as a national chapter.
With Detroit as its playground, the Wayne State University James Measell Chapter of PRSSA provides real-world experiences to members through agency tours, industry speakers, internship opportunities, and other events.
In 2005 the WSU chapter was named the "James S. Measell Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.'' This name is a tribute to Measell, a former WSU professor of communication and current associate historian of the Fenton Art Glass Company.
Membership in Wayne State''s PRSSA chapter offers many opportunities and benefits. Some of these opportunities include luncheons with the Detroit Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and attending workshops and district or national conferences. Members participate in national PRSSA competitions and are eligible for scholarships. The WSU chapter also has its own newsletter, Salute, which members produce.
Everyone wants an "in" on things going on in their industry, by joining PRSSA you can get a head start on your career! WSU PRSSA's mission is to enhance the knowledge of public relations practices, provide access to professional development opportunities and to nurture highly qualified, well-prepared professionals.
Network with fellow pre- professionals and professional PR gurus looking for interns and employees. We specifically provide guidance, motivation and developmental opportunities to upcoming professionals in the Detroit area. Start building your portfolio with writing samples from our blog, and extensive PR experience from your internships.
Our agency tours, luncheons, panels and workshops serve as a gateway to gaining new skills, developing your specialities and finding where you belong in the world of PR. It's never too early to join. We encourage all grades and communication-related majors to secure membership and get involved early.
For additional questions, please contact our Vice President of Membership Services, here.
Learn more about PRSSA membership in our Membership Handbook!