Public Relations Student Society of America


Catherine Hinrichsen, APR
or 206-398-4457

Jay Weisberger


PRSSA is the student society of PRSA. It was founded in 1968 to better foster and promote a relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners. 

PRSSA has more than 11,000 members at 300+ universities across the country. Benefits of membership include:

  • Leadership opportunities on the local and national level
  • Networking with public relations professionals
  • Professional development and training through chapter meetings and conferences
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • The chance to learn more about your future career with like-minded students in a fun, collaborative environment

PRSSA in the Puget Sound region

The Puget Sound Chapter of PRSA sponsors PRSSA chapters at four universities in Washington:

1. Central Washington University, Ellensburg

Faculty Adviser: Prof. Emily Duplessis (New in 2015),


2. Seattle University, Seattle

Faculty Adviser: Prof. Caitlin Ring Carlson (Member, Puget Sound Chapter),


3. University of Washington, Seattle
Faculty Adviser: 
Prof. Kathleen Fearn-Banks (Member, Puget Sound Chapter),


4. Western Washington University (Bellingham)

Faculty Adviser: Prof. Derek Moscato (New in 2016),


No PRSSA Chapter At Your School?

PRSSA offers an affiliate membership to students who attend universities without a PRSSA chapter. For more information on the affiliate program, visit
If your college does not have a PRSSA program, please contact us.  We can put you in touch with faculty and, in some cases, PR-oriented student groups at your school.

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