Published: Dec. 28, 2017

CU Boulder’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America is wrapping up a busy year.

Students from the chapter, which is now in its second year, recently participated in PRSSA’s 2017 National Conference, held in Boston. Throughout the conference, students met with fellow PRSSA members from other chapters, as well as public relations professionals and potential employers. They also attended sessions and workshops focused on growing and improving local chapters.

“It was a great opportunity to personally develop our students and professionally see how we can bring that kind of information back to our chapter,” said Bailey Gannett, the CU Boulder chapter’s president.

The conference was one of many events attended by chapter members this year.

Over the past several months, students involved with the chapter also toured several Boulder and Denver-based public relations firms, including LinhartPR, GroundFloor Media and Weber Shandwick. The tours gave students the chance to experience a real-world environment and learn more about working in the public relations field.

The chapter also held a banquet that featured food, awards and a talk from Andrew Hudson, the creator of Colorado-based job site, Andrew Hudson’s Job List.

As for Gannett, she’s already thinking ahead to what the chapter can achieve in the coming year. Currently, she’s working to set up a talk from United Airlines on the topic of crisis communication. She also hopes to schedule more tours—possibly with public relations teams at large corporations in addition to public relations firms.

Gannett encourages students who are interested in joining PRSSA to sign up, whether they’re new to the college or in their senior year.

“It’s a great chance for freshmen to meet people and network,” she said. “It's a great way for juniors and sophomores to get internships, and it’s a wonderful way for seniors to build their network and get jobs.”

To learn more about CU Boulder’s chapter of PRSSA, visit their official website.