The Undergraduate Communication Association (UCA) is a student-run organization open to all majors in the Department of Communication. Members of the UCA develop and demonstrate leadership working with a faculty advisor to plan social events and co-curricular activities for communication majors. Membership in the organization provides a great opportunity to get to interact with other communication majors, share information about internships, and network with alumni, faculty, and members of the community. UCA also sponsors workshops and events that enhance students' professional skills. In the 2014-2015 academic year UCA is sponsoring and hosting many events including course review sessions, communication skill workshops and networking events.
Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association's official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. They strive to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies; stimulate interest in the field of communication; promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the fireld of communication; establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students; and explore options for graduate education in communication studies.
The Public Relations Student Society of America is a nationally recognized, dues-paying, professional organization. PRSSA is made of up more than 10,000 students across the country and offers professional development, networking opportunities and news. The UMD Chapter of PRSSA develops several events throughout the year to connect students with exciting opportunities in the field of public relations. In the past, we have taken field trips to the D.C. offices of PR giants Edelman, Fleishman-Hillard, Ketchum and Ogilvy. We have also had alumni panels, resume workshops and professional guest speakers.
Dues are collected annually in October and February and cost $65. Membership has several benefits, including being moved to the top of the list for events that have a limit of attendees (most agency field trips only allow for 10-15 people), and receiving access codes to the PRSSA.org http://PRSSA.org/ internship and job posting websites.
If you are interested, you can fill out an application form and deliver the cash/check to the PRSSA Chapter mailbox located on the 2nd floor of Skinner near the administrative offices. You can also snail mail the check and completed application to: UMd PRSSA Chapter Treasurer, c/o Communication Department, 2130 Skinner Bldg., University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Applications are due on October 19 in the fall and February 22 in the spring.
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