Networking Opportunities

Each year the Department of Communication Studies offers unique opportunities for our students to meet and engage with people prominent in a variety of media-related fields. We strongly encourage students to take advantage of these resources to network with other students, alumni and professionals to explore the vast array of career and internship options open to Communication Studies students.

The department provides students the option for on-site U-M Career Center advising services each month during the fall and winter terms. Career Center advisors assist students with resume and cover letter writing, internship and job searches and career interest surveys. In addition, the department partners with the Career Center to offer briefings for students to learn about preparing for internships, optimizing a social science liberal arts education, and building a personal portfolio.

The department also hosts career exploration events to bring together University of Michigan alumni with current students. Alumni Connection invites Communication Studies alumni working in various media and communication fields as panelists to discuss career options for students. Entertainment Media Career Forum brings back alumni of various programs and departments to talk with students about careers in the entertainment field. These events include alumni panel presentations, career advice, networking opportunities and a question and answer session. A recent addition to our career events showcased a hands-on weekend workshop for students to learn practical skills for careers in public relations. Led by U-M alumni, students listened to panel presentations and worked in mentored teams to formulate and present multi-media PR plans.

Our department-sponsored student groups, the Michigan Association of Communication Studies (MACS) and Student Media Watchdog Association (SMWA) provide our students with additional opportunities to collaborate, network, and enhance their leadership, professional; and educational training.