Student-run Firms

Be a Professional Now

Starting or participating in a student-run firm is a great way to build your resume and portfolio, apply what you’ve learned in class, and gain hands-on experience while you are still a student.

Through a student-run firm, you have the opportunity to work with real clients to learn effective time-management skills in the process of developing and implementing campaigns.

Whether your firm is well-established or just getting started, PRSSA offers many resources to help you succeed.

Student-run Firm Handbook (PDF)

The Student-run Firm Handbook details much of what you need to know about starting, running and improving a student-run firm, from gaining clients to billing for your work.

National Affiliation

Though there are more than 100 student-run firms around the country operated by PRSSA Chapters, only those among the upper echelons are PRSSA Nationally Affiliated. Learn how to become part of this elite group and benefit from PRSSA’s client referral system.


PRSSA is proud to announce a partnership with CreateAthon, a premier pro bono program that hosts 24-hour marathons to develop campaigns for a nonprofit organizations. Nationally Affiliated Student-run Firms interested in participating are encouraged to submit a bid form (WORD or PDF) by Nov. 9 to For more information on CreateAthon review the news release.

Student-run Firm Awards

If your firm is doing outstanding work and you think it deserves national recognition, apply for the Student-run Firm Award for “Best Campaign” or “Best Tactic,” or enter the Dr. F.H. Teahan Chapter Awards Program in the “Best Firm” category.

Student-run Firm Workshop

Come to the PRSSA National Conference to attend the Student-run Firm Workshop to learn more about the tools and strategies your firm needs to be successful. Share ideas with other leaders and make connections that could help you find new business and partnerships.

Connect With Other Firm Leaders

If you have a question or challenge, chances are someone else has faced the same situation. Share ideas with other firm leaders via the student-run firm director and e-board member Facebook Group, on PRSSA National social media, or contact the vice president of professional development.