Professional Development isn’t just for Professionals

Even though I’m partial to the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), I thought it was still important that I write a post about how important it is for students to be involved in the organization.

FPRA is the U.S.’ oldest PR organization, and composed of 1,500 student and professional members. There are 15 professional and 11 student chapters across the state of Florida. FPRA is largely made up of PR professionals, but through personal experience, I’ve found that there are numerous benefits that PR students can reap from being involved in their local chapter, including:

  • access to a state-wide job bank
  • networking opportunities at meetings and chapter-related events
  • internships and jobs resulting from networking opportunities
  • access to professional development events
  • mentoring by seasoned professionals
  • a competitive edge when applying for jobs
  • leadership opportunities
  • possible scholarships and awards
  • resources for preparing for accreditation and certification tests
  • opportunities to volunteer in the community and gain experience in the field

If this ongoing list isn’t enough to convince you as a student, or even professional, to join FPRA, I don’t know what will. Deciding to get involved with FPRA has been one of the best choices of my college career. If you’re a Southeastern student and interested in learning more about FPRA, send an email to

If you’re a member of FPRA, what are some other benefits students can receive? What has been your personal experience with FPRA? I’d love to hear.


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