Internships & Careers

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We highly encourage students to take at least one three-credit internship and up to six credits in internships may be counted toward the communication studies major. Students must choose an academic advisor for their internship and may complete an internship during the fall, spring, or summer term. A 2.5 overall GPA is required for all internships offered by the Department of Communication Studies. Please contact Dr. Emily Cripe with questions.

Internship Procedures:

1. Download Internship Request Form Internship Request Form
2. Acquire a job description from the Internship or the announcement describing the internship to go with your submitted paperwork
3. Complete and submit the following documents to your Faculty Supervisor to review and sign together in person. 
  • Internship Agreement
  • Internship Request Form
  • Job Description on client letterhead

Internship Agreement

4. Start journaling your internship experience according to the requirements and deadlines set by your Faculty Supervisor.
5. Assist your Faculty Supervisor in scheduling a site visit with your Internship Supervisor.
6. Ask your Internship Supervisor to complete the Confidential Internship Evaluation Form by the pre-determined deadline via FAX and/or email to your Faculty Supervisor.  Internship Evaluation Form
7. Submit the final reflection as assigned and outlined by your Faculty Advisor by pre-determined deadline.

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KU's Career Development Center

The Career Development Center has numerous events and resources to help you create and reach your career goals.

Start by logging into Handshake to schedule a career coaching appointment!

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Degrees in Communication Studies and Social Media Theory and Strategy prepare you for a variety of different career fields and job titles. Graduates of this program acquire the knowledge of how communication functions as well as the skills to communicate interpersonally, in small groups, in the workplace and with the use of media. Therefore, majors and minors in COM and SMS can pursue employment in a wide range of industries including business, not-for-profit organizations, media companies, hospitals/health care agencies, public relations/advertising firms, and jobs in politics/government, training/education, performing arts/entertainment and human resource sectors.

Career Fields & Employers:
Sample Career Titles:

Advertising Specialist
Communications Coordinator
Advertising Campaign Manager
Brand Manager
Marketing Coordinator
Market Researcher
Events Planner
Sales Representative


Media Relations Specialist
Social Media Specialist
PR Coordinator
News Anchor
Radio Talk-Show Host
Media Consultant
TV Reporter
Broadcasting Production Supervisor

Higher Education/Academia/Training

College Admissions Counselor
College Recruiter
Communication Researcher
Public Opinion Researcher
Communication Specialist
Debate Director
University Communication Professor
International Students Coordinator
Training Specialist
Career and Training Advisor
Motivational Speaker

Government Government Lobbyist
Government Relations Officer
Governmental Press Secretary

Political Activist
Political Analyst
Campaign Director


Law Firm Recruiter
Legal Communication Consultant
Legislative Assistant
Mediation Specialist

Performing Arts/Entertainment

Sports Marketer
Sports Announcer
Script Writer
Theater Manager

What do Alumni say?
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2017 graduate! BA Communication Studies with minors in Women and Gender Studies, Professional Writing, and Digital and New Media. I currently am an Operations Coordinator for FCI Multiple Services, which is a full-service translation and localization company located in Easton, PA. I interned here while completing my last semester at KU, and was offered a full-time position. Since starting as an intern here, I’ve moved up 3 positions, and now supervise a team of great Project Managers!

Amber Farnum (2017 Graduate)
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2017 COM major with minors in professional writing, digital communication, and PR. I am now a Travel publicist working for Marriott International. Started off interning with the company and will be here for three years coming up.

Jessica LoPresti (2017 Graduate)
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I graduated December 2017 magna cum laude. I’d been working part-time with Happenings Magazine throughout college in my hometown, Scranton Pa. I really wanted to live in a big city so I only applied to certain places, mostly in the Philadelphia area. It took me about 7 or 8 months to find a job that I was truly happy with, but since August of last year, I am employed with Signature Communications in Philadelphia. I love working here and I’m enjoying the advertising/marketing field. I’m living out one of my biggest dreams!

Ann Moschorak (2017 Graduate)
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Graduated 2016 with a BA in Communication Studies. I worked for ADP as a Client Support Specialist and now I work for the American Cancer Society as a Community Development Manager. I manage various Relay For Life events, one being Kutztown’s RFL. I also manage/plan anything from formal events to outdoor festivals through the ACS, not including RFL.

Julianne Dolores Fama (2016 Graduate)
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2015 graduated with BA in Communications minors in Public Relations and Writing. Received my Masters in Marketing Management from Wilmington University in 2018. I work for Hagley Museum and Library in DE as the Social Media Coordinator! I love it and loved Kutztown so much they really set me up for success!

Kelsey Noelle (2015 Graduate)