Congratulations to the new 2015-2016 EMU PRSSA’s e-board


President: Leah Rodriguez
VP of Professional Development: Danita Tatum
VP of  Communications: Scott Mullen
VP of Member Relations: Rachel Dwornick
Editor-in-Chief: Katie Gerweck
VP of Special Events: Andrea Mellendorf
VP of Public Relations: Irene Pool
Chief Financial Officer: Natalie Burns

2015-2016 E-board elections will be on held Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Source: EAA Union

Source: EAA Union

The elections for the 2015-2016 e-board will be held on Tuesday, April 14 in SC 302. Elections will began at 5:30 pm. PRSSA members are invited to come vote.  Results will be shared immediately after ballots are counted. The newly elected e-board will meet with the current e-board member in their new position to exchange binders and get advice.

The usefulness of online portfolios

Source: Design Web Identity

Source: Design Web Identity

Online portfolios are a great tool for PR students to have. Having an online portfolio allows potential employers to see all of your work. It’s also an way to keep track of everything you do. As a student, you can put up your best PR class work.

Online portfolios is also an easy way to submit work samples. You can simply direct them to your site where they can view all of your work. The portfolio site should an include an bio with a resume/experiences, contact information and social media profiles. The url address should be a variation of your legal name, its commonly the first and last name.

Sites that can be useful for creating a portfolio site is WordPress or Wix. Be sure to keep your site updated with your most current work.

Still looking for an summer internship?

Here is a few internships with upcoming deadlines. Good Luck!


Identity PR in Bingham Farms, MI. Internship runs from May to July/August for three days a week.

City of Plymouth in Plymouth, MI. Internship runs from May to August for 16-20 hours a week.

Detroit Employment Solutions in Detroit, MI.

University Office Technologies in Ann Arbor, MI. Internship is 12-18 hours a week.

Michigan Breast Feeding Network is 15-20 hours a week and remotely conducted.

Twitter Chat: Sunday, April 12 at 8 p.m.

Have you ever thought to yourself “A Twitter chat sounds so cool this week?” Well have no fear! The Eastern Michigan University’s public relations department is hosting it’s very own Twitter Chat.
The chat will take place on April 12th at 8pm. @Emich_PR will  be the host and Chad Wiebesick (@Wiebesick), from EMU’s Center for Digital Engagement  will even be a guest speaker!
The theme will be Life After College – Millennials Entering the
Workforce and #LRNSMPR will be the hashtag used to stay connected.
The chat isn’t just for public relations majors. If you plan on entering the workplace in the near or even distant future then log in to your Twitter account and check it out!
Be prepared to take notes, ask questions, and just pay attention to all of the great and resourceful information that will be provided.
Raven Gardiner
VP of Member Relations

Letters of intent are due tomorrow

Letters of intent are due Tuesday, April 7, 2015. There will also be a meeting beginning at 5:30 pm in SC 302. 

Elections will be held on Tuesday, April 14 in SC 302.

To apply for any e-board position, members must submit a letter of intent (a cover letter) that states why they would be a good fit for the position and why they want the position. Please submit a resume with your letter. Letters of intent should be emailed to Gina (  or Ken ( .



Positions available include:

President: Ensures that everything EMU PRSSA runs smoothly by communicating with e-board members and running PRSSA e-board and general meetings. The President. The president serves as a liaison with faculty and advisor.

Vice President (of Professional Development): The vice president of professional development is responsible for stepping in for the president if they are unable to attend a meeting. This person helps members find internships. He/she schedules agency tours in conjunction with the vice president of special events, plans the spring gala and assists the president with finding speakers for the meetings.

Chief Financial Officer: The CFO is responsible for collecting EMU PRSSA dues, sending dues to PRSSA National and acts as the principal advisor for fundraising.

Vice President of Communication: This person is responsible for managing the EMU PRSSA email account. They must record meeting minutes (eboard and general meetings) and send them to members via email within 24 hours of meetings.

Vice President of Member Relations: This person helps organize speakers for meetings and events, communicates with members to find out what they want out of their PRSSA membership, and coordinates outreach to journalism, marketing and PR classes at EMU.

Vice President of Public Relations: This person is responsible for all public relations for the Chapter, including creating flyers for events and meetings. They are responsible for EMU PRSSA social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram). This person should have a basic understanding of how social media and graphic design programs (InDesign, Publisher) work.

Vice President of Special Events + Programs: This person plans the annual Student Development Conference, assists with the planning of agency tours, Fajita Fest, kickoff meetings, social events and Speed Mentoring.

Vice President of Community Relations: This person plans community outreach programs, builds relationships with the community and nonprofit organizations and assists with special projects as needed.

Editor-in-Chief: The EIC is responsible for the EMU PRSSA blog and website. They are in charge of planning and organizing the blog, managing the overall process of deadlines, layouts, design and placement of articles and keeping members up to date with news and information. Experience in blogging, copywriting and editing experience and be familiar with the WordPress platform is a plus.

Michigan Breastfeeding Network’s public relations internship

Important Details 

  • Summer and Fall semester
  • PAID and academic credit eligible
  • Part-time, 15-20 hours per week
  • Remote but will be supervised by the Executive Director and a board member
  •  Meetings will be conducted through video conference and occasionally in person

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing written materials including, website content, articles, monthly e-newsletter, fact sheets and other documents
  • Prepare news release and pitch to the media
  • Manage media list, monitor coverage and archive clips
  • Create content for and assist with monitoring social media channels
  • Assist with creating and developing marketing and promotional designs
  • Assist in event planning
  • Participate in meetings and brainstorming sessions
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills, Qualifications and Requirements

  • At least two years of postsecondary education
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and organizational skills
  • Knowledgeable of and access to graphic design software
  • Knowledge of breastfeeding encouraged but not required
  • Candidates must be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work both independently and with a high degree of dependability and quality
  • Reliable computer and internet. Work will be done remotely with check-ins happening by phone or video conference.
  • Reliable vehicle for occasional travel – mileage will be reimbursed.

To apply, please a send cover letter, resume and two writing samples electronically to Lisa King, MIBFN Board Member, at You may link to an online portfolio rather than including your writing samples as attachments. No phone calls please. Deadline to apply for summer internship is April 17, 2015.

Complete description- Public Relations Intern MBN