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PRSA-NY and PRSSA NYU Chapter to Host Spring Career Forum

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 13, 2013) - The Public Relations Society of America's New York Chapter (PRSA‐NY) and the Public Relations Student Society of America's NYU Chapter (PRSSA NYU) today jointly announced an upcoming PR Career Forum to be held on Tuesday, April 2 at New York University's (NYU) Kimmel Center.

Exhibitor registrations for prospective employers (corporations, PR agencies and others) will be accepted through March 28 at www.prsany.org. More than 20 employers are expected to participate, offering jobs and internships. Industry and human resource experts will offer perspectives and lunch will be provided.

Interested students can register at www.prsany.org; a nominal $10 admission fee includes access to the entire event as well as lunch. The 2013 PR Career Forum is hosted entirely by volunteers from PRSA-NY's New Professionals Committee and PRSSA NYU chapter.

The mission of the PR Career Forum is to attract top talent to the PR profession and help to introduce, develop and prepare students and young professionals for a career in public relations. The event is open to all students. PRSA-NY has hosted this event for the past several years, however for the 2013 Career Forum, the PRSA-NY chapter has placed a special emphasis on attracting diverse talent in support of its 2013 Diversity initiative.

As a result of the new emphasis, the PRSA Foundation and the Council on Public Relations Firms have joined the event with a unified mission of attracting diverse talent into the public relations profession. The Foundation's support efforts are focused on attracting ethnic and racial minorities to the event and to reduce the cost to all students.

"With a shared mission to bring diversity to the profession, we are pleased the PRSA Foundation and Council of Public Relations Firms have joined PRSA-NY in this initiative. These young professionals and students, who have already selected public relations as their profession, are passionate about changing the face of the profession -- and they will," said Lea-Ann Germinder, APR Fellow PRSA and president, PRSA-NY.

The Foundation supports programs that attract a diverse range of ambitious and promising students to public relations and develops their capacity to bring the PR perspective to the organizations they serve and to society. "We hope this partnership with the PRSA-NY chapter can be replicated across the United States. This is a grassroots effort to bring diverse students into the mainstream of public relations career forums," said Lou Capozzi, president of the PRSA Foundation.

The Council of Public Relations Firms is equally committed to bringing diverse candidates to its member organizations. Its annual Diversity Distinction Awards in conjunction with industry-publication PRWeek, recognize public relations firms, corporations and individual professionals that champion diversity. The Council has recently produced new materials that will be featured at the Career Forum. Several of its member firms are expected to exhibit.

The Public Relations Society of America, New York City chapter is one of the founding chapters of the Public Relations Society of America, the world's largest professional organization for public relations practitioners. Founded in 1948, PRSA‐NY is the third largest PRSA local chapter in the United States. The chapter serves the interests of public relations professionals working in business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations. Chapter board and committee members are volunteer public relations professionals who work in the New York metropolitan area. For more information about membership, visit www.prsany.org.

The Public Relations Student Society of America is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. Founded in 1968 by its parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), PRSSA includes more than 10,000 student members and advisers, and is active at New York University (nyuprssa.tumblr.com), among 320 colleges.

About the PRSA Foundation
The PRSA Foundation is an independent, 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation which enhances the role of the public relations industry in serving the public good, by raising funds to support scholarships for public relations students, research projects that support the practice of public relations, and public education initiatives that build greater awareness among business and government leaders about the role of public relations in serving the public good. For more information, visit www.prsafoundation.org.

About the Council of Public Relations Firms
The Council of Public Relations Firms is the U.S. trade association representing America's leading public relations firms. Its members are the premier global, mid-size, regional, and specialty firms across every discipline and practice area. The Council's mission is to advocate for and advance the business of public relations firms by building the market and the value of firms as strategic business partners. For more information about the Council, visit www.prfirms.org.