Student Leadership Awards Winner – PRSSA

The Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at SJSU was presented Executive Board of the Year at the 2019 Student Leadership Gala Awards on May 7, 2019. The group is comprised of nine board members who serve to connect students to public relations and mass communications professional development opportunities.

In the photo left to right, Nayelli Lopez, Elsabete Kebede, Sierra Fatlowitz, and Oscar Acevedo.

Notably, the board facilitated weekly meetings with over 60 members, organized career fairs and partnered with local Bay Area organizations for workshops, panels and company tours. PRSSA SJSU has a strong relationship with its internal alumni network and their Public Relations Society of America parent chapter in Silicon Valley.

Through networking and building professional relationships, PRSSA partnered with communications leaders from organizations for tours and speaking engagements, including Alaska Airlines, Apple, eBay, Dropbox, HP, IBM, Intel, Intuit and Juniper Networks. The student organization also collaborated with local communications firms and PR agencies to place students at internships and entry-level job opportunities, including Connext, Edelman PR, Finn Partners, Hoffman Agency, Ink House PR, Lumina Communications, Praytell, Sterling PR, Weber Shandwick and more.

This student organization is dedicated to enhancing the “future of the profession” and attended conferences in 2018-2019 in Austin, Fullerton, Portland, Sacramento and Scottsdale. PRSSA SJSU relies on fundraisers and charitable giving from donors collected by University Advancement at to fund these exciting professional development experiences in order to make them accessible and equitable to all members. They are looking forward to the 2019 PRSSA International Conference this October and connecting students to more opportunities. More information about PRSSA SJSU and their university involvement can be found at and on social media at @PRSSASJSU.

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