In 1968, 20 years after its own establishment, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) founded the Public Relations Student Society of America. The declared purpose of PRSSA is to cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners.

The student society aims to foster the following:

  • Understanding of current theories and procedures of the profession

  • Appreciation of the highest ethical ideals and principles

  • Awareness of an appropriate professional attitude

  • Appreciation of Associate Membership in PRSA and eventually accredited membership

Today The Public Relations Student Society of America has more than 9,600 members in 284 universities across the country.

Professional Development Program

The YPN/PRSSA Professional Development Program aims to contribute to the career growth of Chicago-area PRSA, YPN and PRSSA members by providing opportunities to apply and receive complimentary admission to upcoming PRSA and YPN Chicago events, socials and workshops.

Click here for more details on the submission process and upcoming application deadlines.

For More Information

For more information about PRSSA, email Erika Kubik and Tanner Walters, 2018 YPN co-chairs; or visit