Apprenticeship Program

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Apprenticeship Program


Overarching Goals of the Apprenticeship Program

The PR Assembly’s Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide early career PR Assembly members with an opportunity to be directly involved in guiding the future of ATS. Apprentices may serve with either the Program or Planning Committee (descriptions below). Under the mentorship of a committee member, Apprentices will get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the operations of the PR Assembly while developing skills for evaluation of committee applications and development of committee projects. Committee Apprentices may have the opportunity to ‘graduate’ into full Committee membership in the year following Apprenticeship.

Description of Program Committee

The Program Committee organizes the PR content for the International Conference.

Program Committee Apprentices participate in the process of designing the International Conference content, learning to evaluate abstract submissions and program Conference sessions.

Description of Planning Committee

The Planning Committee is charged with shaping the long-term strategy of the assembly, generally through soliciting and sponsoring projects including clinical practice guidelines, position papers, and workshops benefitting the Assembly.

Planning Committee Apprentices will learn to provide evaluations and reviews of Committee project applications. Apprentices may have the opportunity to assist with the development of accepted project proposals.


In an effort to enhance young members’ participation and investment in the assembly, the PR Apprenticeship Program will provide early career PR members who have little prior involvement in ATS with an opportunity to be directly involved in assembly activities. This will:

  • Increase early career member membership on the Program, Planning, and Web Committees.
  • Involve assembly members who have not been previously involved in the PR Assembly

These applications will be reviewed by the PR Early Career Working Group and the top three applications will be forwarded to the PR Committee Chairs for final selection. Special attention will be paid to applicants who have not previously participated in assembly activities. Apprentices will serve as observers under the mentorship of a full member to better understand the operations of the committee. After observing for one year, the apprentice may then have the opportunity to serve as a full voting member for an additional year before rotating off the committee, however, this will depend upon committee requirements.