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Student Organizations

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

PRSSA was founded in 1968 by the Public Relations Society of America to cultivate a mutually advantageous relationship between students of PR and professional public relations practitioners. PRSSA has earned the distinction of being the preeminent public relations student organization in the world. PRSSA has more than 10,000 students in more than 300 chapters nationwide.

The Valdosta State University chapter of PRSSA was chartered in 1981. The North Florida Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in Jacksonville sponsors this chapter. PRSSA is a student organization that offers its members opportunities to further their knowledge of the public relations field. It offers many additional opportunities for members, including scholarships, travel to national PRSA conventions, conferences, and PR workshops. PRSSA helps members discover their potential as PR professionals and the change to develop resumes before they graduate. For additional information, please contact faculty advisor Dr. Joseph Mitchell at jmitchell@valdosta.edu.

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Lambda Pi Eta (ΛΠΗ)

Lambda Pi Eta is the honor society for communication students recognized by the National Communication Association (NCA). LPH has over 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities. The organization was founded in 1985, became a part of NCA in 1988, and became the official honor society of NCA in July 1995. The purpose of this organization is 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 opportunities to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication; establish and maintain closer relationships between students and faculty to foster student scholarship; and to explore options for graduate education in communication studies.

To qualify for membership in LPH, communication majors must have completed 60 semester hours with a 3.0 GPA and a minimum of 15 hours in communication courses with a 3.3 GPA. For additional information, please contact faculty advisor Dr. Linda Jurczak at lpjurczak@valdosta.edu.

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Student Society of Communication Scholars (SSCS)

The Student Society of Communication Scholars was founded by speech communication majors in 2010 to provide professional enrichment opportunities for students interested in speech communication. Membership is open to all communication majors and is not restricted by emphasis area or GPA; even undeclared majors may participate. SSCS gears its activities to members’ interests by hosting guest speakers in the discipline, running knowledge- and skill-based workshops, encouraging conference presentation of student scholarship, and providing service to the speech communication program through recruitment activities. SSCS is still in its formative phase and welcomes the interest and ideas of new members. For additional information on SSCS, please contact faculty advisor Dr. Molly Stoltz at mmstoltz@valdosta.edu.

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General Information

The Communication Arts Department at Valdosta State University offers a variety of internship opportunities in mass media (radio and television), public relations, organizational communication, and speech communication. An internship is designed to give students "real life" experience in a professional communication setting while receiving college credit. It is also designed to help students identify a range of future employment possibilities in the person's specialty area.

Assistance in selecting the internship is available, but each student usually locates his or her own internship to suit individual needs and career objectives. Cooperating host organizations participate in the department's internship program on both a regular and seasonal basis. When a working arrangement with a host organization has been established, a schedule of hours and duties should be prepared and communicated to the department's internship coordinator. Unless otherwise approved by the internship coordinator, interns will report to the host company on the first day of class in any given academic period and end the internship on the last day of class in the same academic term.

Seminars and Site Vistitations

At the end of the term, all interns are required to return to the university for day-long seminar activities. This meeting is on Dead Day unless otherwise indicated. Interns must have completed certain university assignments in preparation for this meeting. See other enclosed material for instructions.

The internship coordinator will, when possible, visit an intern and host organization supervisor during the latter part of the internship period. The intern will meet briefly with the university coordinator to give a summary report of his/her work up to that point. Following this meeting, the coordinator will speak briefly with the host supervisor about the intern's professional development and adaptation to the working environment.

Remuneration

The Department of Communication Arts sets no policy regarding intern pay. Some organizations provide a moderate stipend to help with expenses; other companies do not. The department does, however, expect a host organization to reimburse any out-of-pocket expenses a student makes on behalf of the host organization. This may include gas if you are asked to regularly make calls, for instance.

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Resources

  • Academic Calendar: Holidays, midterm, advising, registration, withdrawal, and other important academic deadlines that affect your success here at VSU.
  • Student Success Center: Having difficulty in your academic work?  Tutors are available, particularly for core and writing classes.  Visit the Student Success Center before you get in academic trouble.
  • Undergraduate Catalog: Use this link to find out about Georgia Legislative Requirements, core curriculum, grading policies, course descriptions, and about majors, minors, and programs of study.
  • VSU Counseling Center: Need help adjusting to life away from home, experiencing depression, have test anxiety, or experiencing other emotional problems.? These professionals are here to help you, so don’t try to go it alone!
  • Events: Use this link to find all kinds of activities to enrich your free time including free lectures, science demonstrations, concerts, art shows, films, and athletic events.  These activities are a great place to meet people who share your interests.
  • Volunteer Services: Become involved in your community through volunteering.  Volunteering helps you stay grounded, meet new friends, and make a difference to others in a tangible way.  Many employers today expect evidence of community commitment.  This is a way to do it, and you may find a new vocation.

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