What is International Conference?

PRSSA National Conference is the largest 5-day gathering of public relations students in the world. International Conference will give you the opportunity to network while learning and exploring different sections of the public relations industry.  When you come to Conference, be prepared to learn from students and professionals, develop invaluable skills, and explore sunny San Diego, California.

Invest In Your Professional Future

CSUF PRSSA members are given the opportunity to learn from the best in the field. With breakout sessions, keynote addresses and panel speakers, there will be no shortage of information on how to better prepare yourself for the next step in your career.

Network with Your Future Colleagues

Aside from all the planned professional development sessions, there will be networking opportunities where you will make invaluable connections that will last throughout your career. As you exchange business cards and Linkedin requests, you will make lifelong connections at Conference.

2019 Conference Cost

Registration: $335 – Deadline: Thursday, September 6 

Hotel: $229 – Deadline: Thursday, September 20


        Airfare: $231+

Amtrak: $80+

Uber/Lyft: $15+

Dates to Remember


Thursday, September 6: International Conference Registration 

Thursday, September 20: Hotel Payment


Meeting: International Conference Meeting – TBA

Mandatory Sessions:

Friday Night – “California Bonfire” Opening Night Celebration 

Saturday Morning: Welcome, Awards, Keynote Address, Roll Call – 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday Night: CSUF PRSSA Chapter Dinner

Sunday Morning: Breakfast with Champions for PRSSA 

Monday Night: Awards Ceremony and Dinner – 5 p.m. –  7 p.m.

Monday Night: PRSA Diversity and Inclusion Mixer – 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Do I have to go to International Conference to be a PRSSA member?

You do not have to be an International Conference attendee to be a PRSSA member. This is an optional event.

How many days does the conference last?

This year’s conference is from Friday, October 18 through Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

What are the requirements needed to attend?

CSUF PRSSA expects professionalism from the attendees. Attendees represent the entire university and are expected to be on their best behavior at the conference location. Prior to attending the conference, the student will be asked to sign a contract detailing the Code of Conduct that the student must comply to.

What speakers can we expect?

Please find the list of speakers here: http://apps-prssa.prsa.org/events/Conference/Program/

What kind of attire do we wear?

Business Professional / Business Casual

Do we get to choose who we room with during the conference?

The President does take into consideration your request to room with certain people. If you wish to room with certain people, please notify the President by October TBA.

Do we need to take the same Amtrak as everyone?

You are not required to take the same Amtrak as everyone. Typically, attendees do travel together to save on the cost of transportation. Traveling together builds a more fun experience traveling and often reduces confusion and helps members avoid getting lost.

Are meals provided?

Light meals will be provided on certain days. However, not all meals are included. Please refer to the International Conference website for more details.

How many roommates will we have?

There is typically four to a room, but if there is an uneven number to a room, then the cost may go up.

What happens if I have class?

Notifying your professors immediately in the semester is a great way to keep them informed. Our faculty adviser provides a written colleague request for students attending the conference. This request does not excuse students from deadlines, examinations, etc. This only notifies the professor that you will be going on an academic trip for professional development.

Will PRSSA and PRSA be in the same hotel?

San Diego, California will be hosting the PRSSA International Conference. PRSA is the parent organization of PRSSA. The two conferences tend to be held at the same time in the same city. This allows students and professionals to interact in joint programs held by both conferences and for students to network with professionals in the field as well. The two conferences will be in the same hotel this year. However, PRSSA will be staying in a  separate hotel.

Is there a discount for CSUF PRSSA members?

No, however,  CSUF is seeking 25 members to volunteer for the International Conference. The 25 members to sign up to volunteer will receive a discount on their registration fee. Volunteers will receive $75 off their registration fee. You must be an enrolled student in Fall 2019 (You cannot become a volunteer if you are graduating Spring 2019).

Does CSUF provide a scholarship?

No, however, there is a travel grant that PRSSA members can apply for through PRSSA National.

Do you have to attend all the panels?

You are not required to attend all the panels, but there will be sessions that we make mandatory. These will be noted on the program and announced at our International Conference meeting.

Can we stay after the conference and extend our stay?

You are more than welcome to stay after the conference. CSUF PRSSA is not liable for you after October 22, 2019.