What Can I Do With a Major In Communication Studies?

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Explore this Major

Learn more about the communication studies major. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and communication studies majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include strong oral /interpersonal communication skills, digital literacy skills and analytical & critical thinking.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "SAI" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below. 

 

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Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Communications & Media

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Public Relations Intern, Midway Chamber of Commerce
  • Communications and Media Intern, Midway Chamber of Commerce
  • Broadcast and Television Operations Intern, Evine
  • Brand Ambassador, Get Bizzy Inc.
  • Communication and Marketing Internship, Aabru Art
  • Photography Intern, KSTP
  • Studio Production intern, Dunkin Brands
  • Social Media Intern, Style Architects
  • Promotions Intern, iHeartMedia
  • Editorial Intern, Free Spirit Publishing Inc.
  • Social Media Intern, NuCoat
  • Associate Planner, MKSocial
  • Production Intern, KQRS CUMULUS MEDIA
  • Social Media Intern, Gopher Athletic Communications

Entry-Level

  • Production Assistant, Disney Channel
  • Account Executive, Clamor Experiential
  • Production Assistant, E-TV

Experienced

  • Account Executive, Comcast Spotlight TV Advertising
  • Senior Digital Concept Producer, Deutsch
  • Freelance Writer, various media
  • Marketing Director, Capstone Publishers
Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Community Relations Intern, Travelers Insurance
  • Project Manager Intern, MentorMate
  • Development Intern, CLA External Relations at the U of M
  • Management Trainee, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Human Resources Intern, Ordway Theater
  • Marketing Intern, Center for Diagnostic Imaging
  • Marketing Intern, McNallan Technology Solutions
  • Sales Intern, Marsh & McLennan Agency
  • Marketing Intern, Minnesota Hillel
  • Marketing Intern, Star Tribune City Pages

Entry-Level

  • Product Manager, Gap Inc.
  • Events Coordinator, Best Buy
  • Executive Team Leader, Target
  • Business Development Consultant, Oracle
  • Business Systems Analyst, Deluxe Corp
  • Administrative Assistant, Allianz
  • Account Executive, Infosoft Group
  • Web Marketing Analyst, Bluestem Brands
  • Technical Recruiter, Pyramid Consulting, Inc
  • Inside Sales Intern, H.B Fuller

Experienced

  • Account Manager, Portu-Sunberg Marketing
  • Manager, Portu-Sunberg Marketing
  • Project Management Marketing, Kohl's
  • Vice President of Marketing, Dell*
  • Finance & HR Cloud Sales Executive, Oracle*
  • New Business Representative, Securian
  • Agile Lead, The Braintrust Consulting Group
  • Business Development Manager, OtterBase
  • Site Developer, Ameriprise Financial
  • Consultant, Braintrust Consulting Group
  • Project Manager, Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Project Manager, Target Corporation
  • Training and Development Specialist, Allina Health System*
Nonprofit & Advocacy

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Events intern, YWCA
  • Talent Engagement Intern, Neighbors Inc.
  • Human Resources Intern, Project Footsteps
  • Engagement Intern, FamilyWise Services
  • Education Policy Intern, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
  • Public Access Intern, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network

Entry-Level

  • Promise Fellow, Americorps

Experienced

  • Development Officer, College Possible
  • Manager, Opera Santa Barbara
  • Design Assistant, Teach for America
Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • African & African-American Recruitment Coordinator and Admissions Counselor, U of MN

Experienced

  • Teacher, White Bear Lake Area Public Schools*
  • Associate Director, Intercultural Initiatives at Old Dominion University
  • Enrollment Specialist, The Learning Abroad Center at the U of MN
  • Finance Professional, U of M's Financial Aid office (One Stop)
  • Academic Advisor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities*

Graduate Programs

  • M.Ed, Higher Education, Harvard

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.