THE SEMESTER AHEAD…
4/3: #BetsyPlankDay Service Project
4/3: Committee Leadership Positions Open
4/6: Agency Tour
4/13: Bowling Social
4/17: Guest speaker (Branding) and special guests
Need COM help? Alex Ewers is here to help! Alex has tutoring lab hours Tuesdays 11:30-3:15 and 5:00-6:15, Wednesdays 5:00-6:15, and Thursdays 11:30-2:00 and 5:00-6:15. Labs are by appointment only at least 1 hour in advance. Sign up at alexewers.setmore.com
PRSSA OPEN MEETINGS
Attention COM 111 students! Tori will be holding open PRSSA meetings on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 on the 6th floor of Milner Library in the northwest corner. These meetings will not have an agenda, but they are your chance to ask questions and catch up on what is going on in PRSSA this semester aside from the Meeting Minutes. Questions? Ask Tori: email@example.com
It’s that time of year to start searching and applying to internships to gain real-world experience that will build your resume and expand on what you are learning in the classroom. As a dues-paying member, you have access to internship opportunities provided at the national level. We also provide our members with updated internship applications at our weekly meetings.
Interested in joining the School of Communication Promotions and Development Team (SOCPD)? Apply at casit.illinoisstate.edu/sites/comweek/apply/
Hybrent, Inc. is a Bloomington start-up company looking for a part-time, paid spring intern! They will be at the Spring Internship Fair on Thursday, and the position is on Hire-A-Redbird.
Bradford Woods, a summer camp for students with chronic illnesses and disabilities, is looking to fill the positions of Media Specialist and Photographer for Summer 2018. For more information visit their website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mueller, Reece and Hinche law office is looking for an intern with the potential for extended employment after the semester ends. Duties will include office reception and direct client interaction, as well as communicating with other law offices and attorneys; assisting the attorneys and other staff with preparing legal correspondence, wills and trusts, contract documents and pleadings, and court filings. The attorneys will also periodically invite the intern to accompany them to court to observe hearings and meet judges and courthouse personnel, and to observe real estate closings, will signings, and client consultations, as schedules permit and as appropriate with client consent under the principles of the attorney / client privilege. Applicants may contact Whitney Leifheit at (309) 827-4055 or email@example.com .
The Hauser Group is a small public relations firm in the greater St. Louis area looking to hire a paid summer intern. For more information, visit their website, and apply by emailing Abigail Rolland: Abigail@HauserGroupPR.com
Allstate is looking to fill their full-time, paid summer internship at their headquarters in Northbrook Ill. The internship will focus on corporate communications across the region. Applicants must be returning to school in the fall, not graduating, to be eligible for the position. Visit their website to apply.
CIT Trucks of Normal is looking for a marketing intern! The intern will work with different departments of the company to assess and address their individual marketing needs. This internship has a very high probability of leading to a full-time position! Find more information and apply here.
Motion PR, the boutique firm we visited on our last agency tour, is looking for a summer intern! Submit your application here.
Weber Shandwick, the other PR agency we visited, is also looking for summer interns. Weber is one of the biggest PR agencies in the world and mainly focuses on business-to-business PR. Applicants must be graduating seniors. Apply here.
The Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development is looking for an intern for the 2018-19 school year. The position is right on campus, counts for elective credit and has a commitment of about 10 hours per week. Learn more here.
*If you know of any internships that would be valuable to our members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
These are some examples of individual scholarships for PRSSA dues-paying members. Pay attention to the deadlines and requirements listed online. There are currently 16 individual scholarships available and will be awarded at the 2018 National Conference in Austin, TX next fall. All applications are due April 30.
Axia Public Relations Scholarship
Robin M. Urbanski Memorial Scholarship
Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award
Neumeier Family Leadership Award
Chester Burger Scholarship for Excellence in Public Relations
Ron Culp Scholarship for Mentorship
Lawrence G. Foster Award
John D. Graham Scholarship
Stephen D. Pisinski Memorial Scholarship
Betsy Plank/PRSSA Scholarships
PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship
Gary Yoshimura Scholarship
Our next agency tour is this Friday, April 6. We will be visiting Walker Sands and Zapwater in Chicago. Watch your email as the sign-up sheet will be sent out today at noon. Remember, you must be a dues-paying member to attend agency tours. Questions? Ask Sydney: email@example.com
GAMMA PHI CIRCUS VOLUNTEERS
We will be volunteering with the Gamma Phi Circus concessions stands during the performances on April 20 and 21. This is a great opportunity to help us fundraise for the Chapter, plus you’ll get to see the show! Members interested in attending National Conference are strongly encouraged to attend, as some of the funds raised will go toward reimbursements. Sign up on the Google Sheet if you are interested in helping out! Questions? Ask Tori: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Raye Ward on creating an internship with Student Accounts!
Did you start/receive a new internship, scholarship, award, job, etc? If so, we want to hear about it. Contact Katie: email@example.com
We will be hosting a social at the Rock Restaurant and Bowling and Billiards Center on Friday, April 13. We will be meeting for dinner at the Rock then heading over to bowl and play pool after that. If you are interested in attending, please sign up here. All are welcome! Questions? Ask Katie: firstname.lastname@example.org
We still have t-shirts available! Turn in $17 cash to Alex to get yours! Questions? Contact Alex: email@example.com
MEETING TIME POLL
Due to COM 111’s permanent change to a night class format, we are considering changing the meeting time of PRSSA chapter meetings. Please fill out the following form with your availability/preferences. Questions? Ask Katie: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRSSA NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2018
Registration for PRSSA’s 2018 National Conference in Austin, TX is now open through mid-September! The conference will take place Oct. 5-9. National Conference is an amazing opportunity to go on career tours, participate in workshops and leadership development, listen to guest speakers, network, and learn about a new city! For more information about the conference, visit the official website. Questions? Ask Katie: email@example.com
PRSSA NATIONAL CONFERENCE GRANT
Speaking of National Conference, check out the National Conference Grant application for the chance to have your conference fee waived. Questions? Ask Katie: firstname.lastname@example.org
CENTRAL ILLINOIS PRSA
The Central Illinois chapter of PRSA (our parent organization) will have dinner meetings on Thursday, March 22 in Peoria and Wednesday, April 25 in Bloomington-Normal. These meetings are $25 for students and include a meal and guest speakers. Watch you email for a sign-up link! Questions? Ask Tori: email@example.com
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AVAILABLE
Publications Editor-in-Chief: This individual is responsible for creating FORUM and managing the society’s blog, Progressions. He or she will also attend three National Conference during their term. Click here to learn more.
Regional Ambassadors: These individuals are responsible for serving as liaisons between Chapter presidents and the National Committee, including making phone calls to update presidents in your assigned region. Benefits include discounted National Conference registration and recognition at National Conference. Click here for more information.
PRSSA NATIONAL UPDATES
National Gold Key Award
The highest honor a PRSSA member can receive, this award recognizes students who display outstanding academic excellence in public relations and leadership qualities within their PRSSA Chapter.
National President’s Citation
If you possess leadership and professional skills, have a strong understanding of PRSSA and are an active PRSSA member on the Chapter and national level, consider applying for the National President’s Citation.
The Member Spotlight recognizes all members who go above and beyond the call of duty not only within their Chapters, but also in their community.
Go to the website for a full list of scholarships and awards available. Your PRSSA member experience is what you make of it so take advantage of everything you have available, your future self will thank you. If you have any questions reach out to Vice President of Member Services, Allyson Berry.
PRSSA has helped you enhance your education and broaden your network. The only thing left to do is launch your career. If you're graduating this spring, be prepared to take the next step after you walk across the stage—transitioning to PRSA as an Associate Member. Associate Member dues are just $60, a savings of more than $200, per year. Plus, when you become an Associate Member, you can join the New Professional Section for at no cost to you using code AM18.
EXECUTIVE BOARD APPLICATIONS
Executive Board applications are now closed and interviews are underway. We will announce the 2018-19 Executive Board at next week’s meeting.
Please follow the PRSSA social media accounts to stay up to date on news and upcoming events!
Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ILSTUPRSSA/)
Follow us on Twitter (@ilstuprssa)
Follow us on Instagram (ilstuprssa)
Follow us on LinkedIn (ISUPRSSA)
Use our chapter hashtag: #RedbirdPR
PRogressive image (PRi): Student-run public relations firm that provides students with pre-professional experience by working with real world clients which include The Rock Restaurant, School of Communication and The Bloomington Edge.
Relations: This committee is here to help you improve your writing, editing and research skills.
Development: Helps plan and execute all Chapter socials and fundraising events.
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!
Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, April 3 at 8 p.m. in SCH 138 for our group service project! We will be creating dog toys from old t-shirts. Please bring any old shirts you would like to donate. Furry friends are welcome (and encouraged)!
Katie Helander - President