The Beth Wood Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America at Indiana University is dedicated to enabling IU students to explore and prepare for careers in public relations. Chapter members include IU Media School undergraduate students studying public relations and/or journalism, with concentrations in a variety of media specializations. Members have opportunities to apply classroom concepts and develop professional skills through practical experiences, make networking connections with practitioners, and develop leadership and career skills in a learning environment that is open to all. The experiences and resources offered by the chapter help students to build their portfolios and enter the field as qualified, sought-after young professionals.
The Beth Wood Chapter hosts monthly events featuring professional practitioners from agency, corporate, non-profit, and government public affairs. Students receive guidance and advice on career preparation such as resumes, interviews, portfolios, and networking. Members have the opportunity to become involved in committees, such as the Bateman Competition, Greek Media Training, Non-Profit, Programming and Publicity, Sports, and Rock Paper Scissors. Participation in committees offers members a variety of hands-on public relations experiences. Through committees, PRSSA provides members the opportunity to apply classroom concepts to real client based projects, helping students to develop professional skills through practical experiences, build leadership and career skills, and network with practitioners.
Beth Wood was a senior lecturer for the IU School of Journalism. A 1973 graduate of the school, Wood joined the journalism faculty in 2002, teaching public relations classes on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Wood was instrumental in launching the IU chapter of PRSSA in 2004, leading it to become the seventh largest chapter in the nation. Upon her passing in 2009, the IU chapter was renamed in her honor.