Making communications professionals smarter, better prepared and more connected through the stages of their career.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Public Relations Society of America and the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter. PRSA is the world’s largest professional public relations organization, and it offers a wealth of unique opportunities for public relations professionals at all steps in their careers.

PRSA members receive exclusive benefits, including industry publications, discounted or free access to professional development programming and priceless networking opportunities.

PRSA offers several different membership types and group membership. Members must sign up as a National member and also register as PRSA SD/IC Chapter member to receive Chapter membership benefits (see lists below).

Annual PRSA National dues for membership vary by type. Chapter dues for PRSA SD/IC range from $30 to $50. For more information, Membership and Volunteer Engagement Chair Rachel McGuire, APR at

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PRSA SD/IC Membership Benefits

  • Networking and learning opportunities through local chapter luncheons and events
  • Opportunity to attend our annual Edward L. Bernays Awards Mark of Excellence Award Ceremony, with registration discounts
  • Opportunity to serve on the board at both chapter and national level.
  • Social events to further industry camaraderie and connections
  • Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) certification
  • Mentorship Program
  • First-rate job opportunities
  • Resource Directory

PRSA Membership Benefits


  • Receive Issues & Trends, a daily email, sent to your inbox every morning with the latest headlines, updates and relevant industry information.
  • Read Strategies & Tactics, PRSA’s monthly newspaper, for how-to articles, career advice and PR trends.
  • Find more professional development opportunities and thought leadership on the PRsay blog.

Professional Development

Find Agencies, Professionals and Resources

  • Use our search tools, powered by CommunicationsMatch™, to find agencies, consultants, freelancers and service providers by industry and communications expertise, location, size, designations, diversity, and client experience.
  • Create an agency profile to provide the information clients need to make the decision to shortlist and reach out directly to listed firms or send RFQs/RFPs online using Agency Select™.

Networking Opportunities

  • Attend the annual PRSA ICON conference to engage with public relations and communication professionals and students.
  • Access contact info for colleagues in our searchable database exclusively for PRSA members.
  • Ask questions, exchange ideas, get inspiration and share useful resources with fellow PRSA members in our private online community.

Member Perks and Savings

  • Exclusive discounts at Office Depot, Ace Hardware, ADP, hotels and more.
  • A 20% discount on one single-user subscription to AP Stylebook Online each year.
  • Access the business insurance discount program from Gallagher Affinity.
  • Car rental discounts at Budget and Avis.
  • Business discounts through UPS®.
  • Personal and corporate relocation service discounts.

Hardship Program

You may qualify for the Hardship Program if you’ve been a member for three or more years and are unemployed or temporarily disabled. To participate, download the Hardship Plan Application.

Quarterly Payment Program

Current members can pay their National and Professional Interest Section dues in four quarterly payments. Chapter dues may be collected quarterly, depending on availability. To sign up, contact us.

Take our survey.

PRSA SD/IC has launched it’s 2020 membership survey, which will help us improve our member experience, benefits and programming. We appreciate if you could take five minutes and fill out our survey. Survey results will be shared with our members in the coming months.

Membership dues.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community with a mission to “make communications professionals smarter, better prepared and more connected through all stages of their career.” Our membership collectively represents more than 30,000 members comprised of communications professionals spanning every industry sector nationwide and college and university students who encompass the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Find the right membership level for you to determine the dues you will pay to the national PRSA as well as the local San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter dues.

Enhance your PRSA experience by also joining our local chapter. Be sure to select San Diego/Imperial Counties (SDIC) when you join PRSA.

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter* dues are a flat amount each year; $60 annually.

PRSA membership options are based on your professional experience. Dues are billed annually at your enrollment anniversary date, unless you enroll in one of the different payment plan options available.

*To join a Chapter, you must have an active PRSA national membership.

Membership Type Description Cost
Regular Professional with two or more years’ experience $260 annually + $65 initial fee 
Associate 3 Professional with two to three years’ experience $200 annually
Associate 2 Professional with one to two years’ experience $155 annually 
Associate 1 Professional with less than one years’ experience $115 annually 
Retired Retiree from the profession $35 annually 
Associate Member, PRSSA Graduate Young professional who has graduated within the past two years and who was a PRSSA member while in school $60 annually
Associate Member, Graduate Student Full-time graduate student working toward a public relations or communications degree  $60 annually 
Group Sign up your team of 5 or more members and receive customized membership and special benefits
Former PRSA Member Reinstate your membership $260 annually + $35 reinstatement fee

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