The Public Relations Student Society of America met Wednesday to welcome interested students and participate in an ethics discussion.
PRSSA, a student-run organization that works closely with the Public Relations Society of America, hosts speaker sessions, helps students get internships and attends a national conference every year.
â€œItâ€™s a great opportunity to network, we have a really good mentor program and touch on every aspect of the public relations field,â€ Fundraising Director Kristina Bello said.
Cal State Fullerton Chapter President Christa Keizer stressed that the organization promotes hands on experience by working closely with nonprofit organizations such as Ready OC â€“ a group that is raising awareness for emergency preparation.
â€œOur members graduate and have the experience and create networks that help them get internships as well as jobs,â€ Keizer said.
It is the experience and networking provided by the organization that drew many interested students to Wednesdayâ€™s event.
â€œSomeone from PRSSA came and spoke to my class and even though I am graduating in May, late is better than never to get involved,â€ said Jolie Warstadt, an entertainment studies student.
â€œThere are lots of possible internships and guest speakers that I think I can really benefit from,â€ Warstadt said.
Business Relations Director Natalee Vicencia said that members of PRSSA get a wellâ€“rounded view of the many sides of public relations.
â€œStudents know exactly what they are getting into before they get internships and jobs,â€ Vicencia said.
After a brief introduction to what PRSSA does and the benefits of joining the organization, Associate Dean of Communications Irene Matz led a discussion regarding the importance of ethics in the field.
â€œPublic relations people have a bad reputation when it comes to ethics,â€ said Ryan Romeos a public relations student. â€œThere is really no reason for it but itâ€™s how we get portrayed in the media by movies like â€œThank You For Smoking.â€â€
â€œEthics is number one. If you always tell the truth, Â you never get in trouble,â€ Romeos said. â€œEspecially in this day and age where Google is only a click away.â€
Keizer echoed this and said that it is really important for people in the field to be â€œhonest and transparentâ€ about what they are doing.
â€œThis helps us better represent our clients and makes our profession more respectable,â€ Keizer said.