Links to other helpful sites
The Public Relations Society of America
Although PRO is not affiliated with PRSA, it is a great organization to look into as a Communication professional entering the field. It is the largest community of professionals in the field of public relations. This organization provides professionals of all levels of experience with the opportunity to network, find jobs, and gain leadership skills and professional recognition. There are four Chapters of PRSA in Michigan; the Central Michigan chapter in Lansing, the Detroit chapter, the West Michigan Chapter in Grand Rapids, and the White Pine chapter in Bay City/Saginaw. Membership dues range from $30-80, varying in each Michigan chapter. A PRSA also rewards members with discounts for businesses such as GEICO, FedEx, and Avis car rental.
There is also a branch of PRSA for students called the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). More than 10,000 students are members of PRSSA. Involvement in organizations such as PRO and PRSSA show a level of commitment to future employers when considering a resume for employment.
Western Michigan University's Career and Student Employment Services
This is a free resource for Western Michigan University students that is extremely beneficial when writing a resume, cover letter, preparing for an interview, or exploring career options. A schedule is available to schedule a 20-minute drop-in advising session in one of the four locations; Elsworth Hall, Freidman Hall, Oakland Campus or Parkview Campus.
Also available through WMU is a tool called Bronco Jobs
Bronco Jobs is a employment search engine for WMU alumni and students. Internships and open positions can be found through Bronco Jobs in a variety of different career categories. Internships are crucial in the world of Public Relations. Internships offer the possibility of entering the work place with some amount of experience, and being able to offer an employer at least a year of experience through internships is highly recommended.
Internships can often count as credit toward graduation. Communication students can make an appointment with Marilyn Kritzman, the Communication Advisor. Her website can be found at http://homepages.wmich.edu/~kritzman/ . Marilyn is continiously updating her blog with new internship opportunities for each of the majors in the Communication department. In addition to job and internship openings, students can find course requirements for the School of Communication and applications for majors such as Public Relations and Journalism.
Western Michigan University School of Communication