How FPRA Southwest Florida Supports Students

PR, marketing and communications students in Southwest Florida have a unique opportunity to get involved before they even graduate. Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is home to a dedicated student chapter that any student studying PR, marketing or a related field can join.

FPRA also offers students the opportunity to join our association at a reduced cost after graduation to help continue your communications education in a professional setting.

Benefits Include:

  • Valuable professional development opportunities throughout the year
  • Networking and relationship-building
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Access to local and statewide job boards
  • And much more. Click here to learn more about what joining FPRA offers future PR professionals.

Are you an ambitious young communications professional? Take the next step on your career path. From monthly educational seminars to our annual PR University, programming is available to boost your PR skills. Build your network, make connections and set yourself apart with FPRA.

How can FPRA help you? Students share their FPRA experiences:

Celeste Polin, Junior
“FPRA helps me get an insight on what it’s like to be a PR professional. The speakers motivate and guide me on how to be successful in the world of public relations. Being able to ask questions about this field from people who have a career in it gives me an idea of what life looks like with PR after college and I believe that’s very beneficial for my development through college.”

 

Marck Molina, Senior
“Being in FPRA has helped me network with PR professionals on the local and national levels. I really feel like I’ve learned so much from the guest speakers we’ve had at each meeting, and the opportunity to network and connect with them afterward is amazing! FPRA has truly helped me on my journey to becoming a PR professional, and I can’t wait to see what happens after graduation.”

 

 

FGCU Student Chapter

All Southwest Florida-area PR, communications or marketing students are invited to join FGCU’s student FPRA chapter. The chapter is a registered student-run organization (RSO) driven by the passion to learn while still in school to help position members for careers in public relations after graduation. Click here to learn more or click here to visit the student chapter’s Facebook page or blog.

Studying PR outside of Southwest Florida? FPRA supports a number of student chapters across the state.

Current Board of Directors for the FGCU Student Chapter:

President – Krista Kihlander
Vice President – Jennifer Hayes
Treasurer – Leticia Menzzano
Secretary – Emily Kois
Director of Membership and Marketing – Brooke Cutchen
Communication Director – Fabiana Solano

Interested in a position? New officers are typically elected at the end of the spring semester each year their term is for one year. However, if a student is graduating at the end of the fall then they hold a special election to elect someone to that position for the spring.

Student Chapter Meetings

The FGCU student FPRA chapter holds its biweekly meetings at 7 p.m. at the FGCU library. FPRA professional members are invited to attend. Upcoming meetings include:

Date Topic
Jan. 24 Introduction to Digital Media Design
Feb. 7 Nonprofit PR: The Hats You Will Wear
Feb. 21 Sports PR
March 14 Perfecting the Pitch
March 28 Videos: Starting from Scratch
Apr. 11 PR-Tay

For more information contact the FPRA Southwest Florida Education Chair.