Communication - From Classroom to Career Junior Year
Check on your Progress
Meet with an advisor to chart academic progress in the major and discuss possible scholarships and other honors. Also see Student Resources. Read the CommBlog; follow our Twitter feed
Talk to favorite professors about possible supervised research projects you might do in your area of interest, in the summer or during the school year. Interested in a research area but there is no course offered in the catalog? Talk to a faculty member or department chair about a possible independent study.
Options After Fairfield
How can you best use your remaining courses and free electives to both round out your education and prepare for a career? How about possible graduate school work in Communication, or scholarships like a Fulbright Fellowship, or Teach for America? Talk to your advisor.
Take a leadership position in Comm.Unity, the student Communication Club, or campus media organizations.
Watch the Pros in Action
Attend presentations on campus, like Open Visions Forum, that help you connect with leaders and thinkers in the communication world and elsewhere.
Work With the Best
Lambda Pi Eta is the internationally recognized honor society for students and scholars in the fields of Communication Studies, Rhetoric, and Speech. Students who maintain a high grade point average, overall and in their major, will be invited by the department faculty to be inducted into Lambda Pi Eta during their senior year. Involvement in this honor society increases opportunities for individual potential and advancement, through developing leadership skills, networking with international members, and contact with professional organizations.
Membership in Lambda Pi Eta is also impressive on graduate school applications. Active participation in Lambda Pi Eta gives students the opportunity to work more closely with department faculty members outside of the classroom setting. Students plan events, sponsor guest speakers, organize field trips, and spearhead other activities. Students may also choose to participate in national or regional communication conferences through the presentation of research and attendance at panel discussions. For information about Lambda Pi Eta, contact Professor Sallyanne Ryan.
Hear From Alums
Communication Department graduates work in a wide variety of industries and settings. Attend Communication Career Night in the spring to hear from graduates of the program.
The student organization serves to orient interested students to career opportunities in the Communication field. Check out our peer advising nights! The club sponsors guest lectures from alumni and other professionals, as well as field trips, socials, and colloquia. Recent field trips have included visits to ESPN and other national television networks, and attendance at tapings of television talk shows. Club officers and members engage in fundraising activities, organize activity fairs, schedule meetings, and run yearly elections. Students elect Club officers every spring, who set the agenda for the following year. Active participation in Comm.Unity gives students the opportunity to get to know departmental faculty members outside of the classroom environment, develop a sense of community with other communication majors, and learn more about careers and internship opportunities.
Try On a Career: Internships
Here's a chance to investigate career opportunities while adding a distinctive learning experience to your resume. Our majors regularly say that their internships were some of their best experiences at Fairfield. We couldn't agree more, and we hope that you'll take the time to learn more about how to find an internship and how to make the most out of your internship experience. Talk to your faculty advisor!
My boss has won several Emmy Awards - it's an amazing opportunity to work with someone who has taken a career path that I hope to take and has been so successful. It's gotten me passionate about working in media. And as a senior it's great to be making contacts that might eventually lead to a job offer. -Kate Dillon, Communication; interned at a production assistant at Fox News, then at NBC's iVillage
Communication presents department awards for outstanding students every spring; they are honored at the College of Arts and Sciences award night in April. Attend the event and look for projects that might earn you this honor. With your faculty advisor, gain experience in entering such a competition and learn how to effectively package and present your work-and yourself. Non-seniors are often singled out for their great work.
Look for three professors, in and out of the department, who can speak about your successes in an informed way.
Lambda Pi Eta is the internationally recognized honor society for students and scholars in the fields of Communication Studies, Rhetoric, and Speech. Students who maintain a high grade point average, overall and in their major, will be invited by the department faculty to be inducted into Lambda Pi Eta during their senior year. Involvement in this honor society increases opportunities for individual potential and advancement, through developing leadership skills, networking with international members, and contact with professional organizations. Membership in Lambda Pi Eta is also impressive on graduate school applications.
Life After Fairfield
A major in Communication prepares students for careers in a variety of communication and other industries, as well as for graduate study in areas such as communication, education, law, politics, public administration, social work, and business. Our majors and minors will also develop the skills necessary to make valuable contributions to society and develop a commitment to influence the media and other organizations to become more just and socially responsible.
Our graduates are attractive to many employers who identify communication skills as the most important factor in hiring and promotion decisions. Employers also value our students' intensive coursework in the major, the experience gained from the internship, and the broad liberal education that all Fairfield students receive. The department regularly sponsors career events to help students think about their future careers and how communication classes connect to communication practice. Fairfield alumni have found employment in:
Others have gone on to graduate school to study law, communication, business, education, and journalism at schools including:
- Columbia University
- Boston College
- University of North Carolina
Talk to your faculty advisor about how to use your remaining semesters at Fairfield to reach your career goal.
That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Communication majors.