By Erica Everett
USF PRSSA’s mission is to help public relations students build their professional networks and learn skills they can use to explore the industry. This semester, the chapter has laid out a roadmap to success through events and workshops that will help students land the internship of their dreams.
“We have never before taken on so much,” said Megan Doherty, USF PRSSA president. “I am super excited to be putting on such a successful semester.”
The “Land the Internship Series” kicked off on Feb. 11 with the Brand Yourself workshop featuring networking and social media guru, Kasandrea Sereno. She taught students the ins out outs of LinkedIn, résumé dos and don’ts, and how to network like a pro.
Students will later be able to polish their new skills at Business at Beef’s, this year’s edition of the annual Etiquette Party, happening this Wednesday on Feb. 25 at MSC’s Beef O Brady’s. Students will learn from professionals about how to survive various professional outings.
Once they’ve tested the waters, it’s time to dive right into networking! USF PRSSA will host a professional mixer where students can mingle with members of PRSA Tampa Bay. This event is scheduled for March 25 at MSC’s Top of the Palms and will feature a broad range of professionals.
The Series peaks at the end of the semester with USF PRSSA’s Internship Fair on April 15. There will be dozens of organizations and firms represented, and students will put all of their new skills to the test as they attempt to land an internship.
USF PRSSA’s student-run public relations firm, KnoBull PR, will also give students the opportunity to gain experience from its five client accounts: The Fashion Executives, Mojo Books & Music, Combat Wounded Veterans Challenge, USF PRSSA and Celebrate Sound.
The organization will be actively supporting two philanthropic events on campus: KnoBull PR client Celebrate Sound: Don’t Walk in Silence 5K, March 21 and USF Relay for Life, April 28.
Between the “Land the Internship Series” and gaining experience through KnoBull PR, USF PRSSA is providing students the ability to prepare themselves to be the best they can in the workforce!