What is National Conference?

PRSSA National Conference is the largest 5-day gathering of public relations students in the country. National 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 the wonderful city of Boston.

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 Twitter handles, you will make lifelong connections at Conference.

2017 Conference Cost 

Hotel$300 – Deadline: September 20, 2017

Registration: $310 – Deadline: October 4, 2017

Airfare: $400+ 


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

You do not have to be a National 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 6 through Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

What are the requirements needed to attend?
CSUF PRSSA expects professionalism from the attendees. Attendees represent the entire university and is expected to be on their best behavior at the conference location.

What speakers can we expect?
Please find the list of speakers here:

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.

Do we need to take the same flight as everyone?
You are not required to take the same flight as everyone. Typically, attendees do travel together to save on the cost of transportation. Attendees that travel together build a more fun experience traveling also.

Are meals provided?
Light meals will be provided on certain days. Please refer to the National Conference website for more details. CSUF PRSSA will also look into this.

How many roommates will we have?
There is four to a room.

Are flights booked individually or by CSUF PRSSA?
Flights are booked individually. We post recommended flights that the executive board will be taking for those who want to travel with us.

What happens if I have class?
Notifying your professors early in the semester is a great way to keep them informed. Our faculty adviser also writes a letter to any student that needs an absence request. This absence request does not give you any deadline extensions. It notifies your professors that you will be going on an academic trip for career advancement.

What is the max number of CSUF PRSSA members that can go? Will there be a waitlist?
We are capped at bringing 30 CSUF PRSSA members to National Conference. There will be a waitlist.
If you place a down payment to go to National Conference, you receive a membership discount of $65/year.

Will PRSSA and PRSA be in the same hotel?
PRSSA and PRSA will not be in the same hotel this year.

Does CSUF provide a scholarship?
CSUF PRSSA pitches to CICC for funds to reimburse $0-$100+ of the registration for members. This reimbursement does not come through until AFTER the conference.

Do you have to attend all the panels?
You are not required to attend all the panels, but there will be sessions that we require attendance.

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 10, 2017.