USF PRSSA Mentor Program

About the Program

The mentor program was created to bridge the gap between Tampa Bay PR professionals and students who are preparing to begin a career in public relations.

The program is designed to be flexible so that mentors and mentees can make the most of their experience. Mentors may share career tips and professional advice to help students better understand and prepare to meet the expectations of the public relations industry. Mentors can also offer job shadowing opportunities if schedules allow.

Requirements For Mentors

  • Communicate with the student mentee at least four times during the semester. At least one of these meetings must be in person.

  • Be a current member of PRSA Tampa Bay.

Requirements For Students

  • Reach out to and communicate with mentor at least four times during the semester. At least one of these meetings must be in person.

  • Be a current member of PRSSA

We hope that this program will help PRSSA members advance their professional development and feel more confident entering the workplace for internships or careers after graduation.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].  


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mentorship program?
It is an initiative that offers PRSSA members the opportunity to obtain valuable advice and support from a PRSA Tampa Bay member. The goal is to connect students with an experienced PR professional to help prepare them for a career in the public relations field.

What are the benefits of being a mentor?
As a mentor, you can build a relationship with the student and help them succeed. This is also an opportunity to give back to advance the public relations profession by helping develop the next generation of practitioners. 

PRSSA members can also offer mentors insights and knowledge about social media and new trends.

How is a mentee matched with their mentor?
Mentors and mentees are matched based on interests in careers or areas of specialization whenever possible.

Are mentors obligated to help with job placement or securing internships?
Being a mentor does not mean you are required to directly help a student find a job or internship. Sharing resume tips and offering interview advice is more appropriate.

Can I earn points toward Maintenance of Accreditation?
Participating mentors can earn 2 points for Public Relations Service as a volunteer for his or her local community outside of normal work assignments.

To review the terms and conditions for the USF PRSSA Mentor Program, please click here.