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Welcome!

Welcome to the Texas State University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Mentor Program. We appreciate your interest in this new opportunity for public relations students who study in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to connect with a PR professional. 

The program gives students one-on-one access to a PR professional for advice and support to prepare for a position after graduation. The student gives experienced pros a chance to give back, or pay it forward, and share their invaluable knowledge. 

Our program is simple: commit to one semester and a minimum of two meetings between student and mentor. Fill out this easy application and we will connect students to mentors for a flexible and rewarding one-on-one networking opportunity. 

Application Process:

If you are a PR professional and would like to become a mentor, fill out the Mentor Volunteer Application.

If you are a PR student at Texas State and would like to have a mentor, fill out the Student Mentee Application.


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What is the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Mentor Program?

It is a sponsored program the university is offering for PRSSA members to help students gain one-on-one guidance from a PR professional. The goal of this program is to connect students with experienced PR professionals for advice and support to further their professional development. Students need to apply at the beginning of each semester and must submit an online application.

What are the benefits of being a mentor?

As a mentor, you not only build a relationship with the student but also help them to succeed. Mentors participate as a way to give back to the profession and grow as a professional.

How are students matched with mentors?

Depending on availability, PRSSA tries to match a public relations professional with a student based on the student’s field of interest and location.

During this program, can a student have more than one mentor at a time?

No, right now the program allows only one mentor per student, however, after the initial launch, PRSSA will reassess the mentor program processes and make any appropriate changes.  While the students and the mentors make a commitment to meet each other at least twice during one semester, there is no limit on the amount of interaction between the two.  The flexibility of the program is ideal for busy professionals and students to communicate when they can and as often as they want.

Can a mentor advise more than one mentee during a semester?

No, at this time mentors are assigned only one mentee per semester. The program strives to match students with a mentor who focuses on the student’s specific area of interest.

Is there an interview process to become a PRSSA mentor?

There is no formal interview, however all applicants are asked to fill out an online application. The faculty adviser will follow-up with each applicant.

What are the requirements to be a mentor?

A mentor is required to be working full-time public relations professional for a minimum of two years.

How much time is required to be a mentor?

The program is a flexible, one-on-one networking opportunity with a minimum requirement of two meetings with the student per semester to gain advice and support.

Are there requirements for the mentor and student to complete?

There are two required in-person mentor and student visits per semester. Mentors and students are committed to one semester only.  The student and mentor are not limited in how much they can communicate.

What does a mentor do?

A mentor shares his or her experience in the profession and gives a real world, day-in-the-life view of a public relations professional. Mentors offer advice, support, and encouragement that students can’t get from a textbook.


Contacts:

Faculty liaison:
Grace Capwell, APR
Lecturer
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Texas State University
ghc7@txstate.edu
(512) 310-2065

PRSSA liaison:
Justin Joe
President
PRSSA
Texas State University
jj1415@txstate.edu