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Become a PRSA-NY Volunteer!

Want to get even more out of your PRSA membership? We have three words of advice: get more involved. 

How?  By becoming a volunteer in your local PRSA-NY community. PRSA-NY Volunteer Committee Chair, Neilia Stephens, a Principal at Conway, says if you’re looking to grow your professional skills, make new friends and interact with PR professionals at all levels, you should become a member of our volunteer corps.  A contribution of even just a few hours a month can produce tremendous personal and professional rewards.

Interested in becoming a PRSA-NY leader and joining our board of directors?  Or know a great candidate? Find out more


You must be a PRSA-NY member to volunteer. As a member, you have unlimited opportunities to volunteer and your contributions can help to shape the future of our chapter.


Begin by logging into this website to access the volunteer form.  Once the form is submitted, our Volunteer Committee Chair will review your information and specific areas of interest and match those to the available volunteer positions.  The Volunteer Chair will recommend you to one or more specific Committee Chairs who will follow up with you.  All volunteers are expected to represent the chapter professionally and to honor their commitments.



Big Apple Awards – The Big Apple Awards program is the industry’s flagship award program in New York City, the PR capital of the world.  These awards recognize excellence in public relations programs implemented by New York professionals, as judged by their peers.  This committee is in charge of developing the Award guidelines, coordinating submissions and judging, as well as organizing the annual Big Apple Awards Gala each spring.  Volunteers are needed for multiple roles from copy writing to logistics.

Event Staffing – The PRSA-NY Programming Committee organizes dozens of events each year, from Meet the Media panels and Behind the Scenes Tours to networking socials.  We need volunteers at each event to help with set-up, check-in and clean-up.  Helping out at events is a great way to meet other members (and to attend events for free!).

Marketing – Our Marketing Committee develops and implements strategies and tactics to spread the word about PRSA-NY events, membership promotions and special member offers across owned, earned and paid media channels. If you have a way with words, an aptitude for digital media and analytics, and a true passion for PR, this committee is the place for you!

Membership – The Membership Committee focuses on membership growth, member engagement and retention. Membership Committee volunteers conduct outreach efforts to help grow our organization, and develop and promote specific member initiatives to meet the evolving needs of our Chapter’s members.

Mentoring – Through our Mentoring program, PRSA-NY brings a personal element to our organization’s commitment to professional development.  The members of the Mentoring Committee recruit mentors and mentees, screen and match the candidates with a goal toward sparking mutually rewarding partnerships. 

Programming – PRSA-NY is noted for the quality and variety of its events and the Programming Committee is the group that deserves the credit.  Committee members create an annual schedule of events designed to address the wide range of interests of Chapter members.  Volunteers develop the event topics, recruit top-tier speakers, research venues, work on event promotion with the Marketing Committee, and manage logistics.

Sponsorship and Professional Partners – As a nonprofit professional organization, PRSA-NY seeks support from corporate sponsors and partners to help fund its professional development and awards initiatives. If you get satisfaction from achieving quantifiable results and from helping others grow through our Chapter’s programs, the Sponsorship and Professional Partners Committee would be a great fit.

Student Programming/PRSSA Liaison – This Committee serves as the liaison between our professional PRSA Chapter and the many local PRSSA, or student chapters, in New York City and Long Island.  Members of this Committee speak to student groups on-campus, and organize professional development events and PR agency visits for students.

Volunteer – The Volunteer Committee is the group that screens members’ volunteer applications, matches volunteers with committee assignments and actively recruits volunteers when another committee chair expresses a need.  Serving on the Volunteer Committee is a great way to understand the workings of our Chapter and to expand your professional contacts.

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