A+ CPRS Student Membership
Membership with the CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau Student Program is an important step in developing your career. It indicates to prospective employers that you take your role in PR and communications seriously and that you are committed to life-long learning in your chosen field.
The CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau Student Program represents students from the four Ottawa-area colleges and universities – Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cité Collégiale, the University of Ottawa – and beyond. In these challenging times, where students need to be innovative about their career planning strategies, our role is to help facilitate your development from student to professional.
What are the benefits of becoming a student member?
Reduced membership fees
The fee for students registered in a full or part-time PR and/or communications-related program is $50. This covers membership from September to June annually.
The first year after you graduate is still only $50 – a savings of more than $400 off the full CPRS membership fee. But this post-graduate fee is only available to former CPRS student members. So in order to qualify for that rate, you must be a CPRS student member by June 30th of your graduating year.
Networking and development sessions
CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau has an ambitious student program, offering targeted events that allow you to network with senior communicators from the National Capital Region. This is your opportunity to meet PR and communications professionals; get advice; exchange ideas; expand your networks; and build relationships that will enhance your job-search prospects.
Check out the list of student development events planned for this year!
Tapping into our dynamic relationships with professionals and organizations across Ottawa, the CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau Student Program will promote student volunteer opportunities. As a student member, you will have direct access to these volunteer openings that allow you to demonstrate your work ethics and communicate your result-oriented brand to industry leaders and potential employers.
Student leadership positions
Represent the students in your program on the CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau Student Communication Council (SCC) and develop and showcase your leadership skills. Student leaders work with the CPRS Student Program director to create opportunities to enhance the experiences of all CPRS student members.
Sponsorship for student–led networking events
CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau will sponsor one networking event/activity to be organized by student members attending each of the four Ottawa-area colleges and universities – Algonquin College, La Cité Collégiale, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. Please contact the CPRS Student Program director, Joan Wright, for more information.
Discounted admission to professional development activities
Enjoy significant discounts on CPRS professional development (PD) sessions and workshops. The chapter’s PD activities offer leading-edge speakers and educational programs that keep you informed of current best practices in communications. Plus, it’s another great opportunity to meet professional members.
Priority notices and social networking
Receive timely email notices of communications job postings and up-to-date industry-related news. To maximize your access and enhance your profile, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @CPRSOttawaGat.
Complete the student membership application form today to start taking advantage of all the benefits CPRS student membership offers!
Still have a few questions? Contact Joan Wright, CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau’s Student Program director, for additional information.
Fall semester 2012
Season opener – Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
A welcome-back chapter social to start your semester off right! Register here.
PR in the Pub – Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
A speed-networking opportunity (modeled on the speed-dating format) where you get to meet and engage a wide cross-section of PR/communications professionals. Register here.
Ask the Coms Experts – December 2012 (Date TBD)
Get the scoop from insiders on what it’s like to work in a specific area of PR though an onsite visit. This year we will be visiting PR/communication agencies – Thornley Fallis
Holiday social – December 2012 (Date TBD)
The chapter’s festive gathering for the holiday season.
Winter semester 2013
Social Media: Trending now! – February 2013 (Date TBD)
CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau is collaborating with the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Ottawa on this joint social media event. Come meet the movers and shakers of social media in Ottawa and get great tips on what’s trending now, plus strategies to build your own brand and networks.
Dress 4 Success – March 2013 (Date TBD)
Designed to help you put your best foot forward! Meet industry experts who will help you maximize your search for full-time jobs, summer gigs and upcoming fieldwork experiences. Plus, get advice on building a cutting edge, professional wardrobe with a fashion show from local Ottawa retailers.
Student-led networking events – 2013 (Dates TBD by student planners)
CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau will support one networking event/activity to be organized by student members attending each of the four Ottawa-area colleges and universities – Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cité Collégiale and the University of Ottawa.
CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau Annual General Meeting – May 2013 (Date TBD)
Come celebrate the chapter’s achievements over the past year and help chart the direction for the upcoming season.
CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau season closer – June 2013 (Date TBD)
An end-of year social where you can enjoy the season’s last networking opportunity with colleagues you have met over the year.