Department of Communication Studies

Careers & Internships in Communication Studies

Careers in Communication

As these uncertain economic times continue, college-bound students and families are considering careers that have lasting importance. You can now point to a major in the Department of Communication Studies as part of a valuable career path. 

In the July 2009 report “Preparing Workers Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow,” the President’s Council of Economic Advisors clearly notes that skills in oral communication, teamwork, and collaboration are “among the most important skills” entry-level workers will need. Clearly, with a degree from a college known as one of the premier schools in communication, you’ll be in more demand than ever!

A Sampling of Jobs of Recent Graduates of Communication Studies

  • Legislative Aide, Representative Jeffrey Sanchez
  • Corporate Communication Specialist, American Red Cross
  • Communication Coordinator,
  • Social Worker, Social Services FEGS
  • Operations Analyst, Cingular Wireless
  • Management Trainee, AGRIMATCO
  • Campus Organizer, Action Without Borders
  • Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, Community Servings
  • Corporate Account Representative, Humanscale
  • Assistant Account Executive, Porter Novelli
  • Sales, Stephen Gould of New England

Post It with Pride 

The department is proud of its students, and our graduates are among the most talented, resourceful, and sought-after recruits in the country. If you are an employer who is interested in posting career opportunities for majors in the Department of Communication Studies, view more information »


Securing an internship prior to graduation is imperative for job and career success. According to a recent study by Michigan State University, employers report that more than 50% of their new hires completed internships within the company, and another 40% completed internships elsewhere.

To this end, the Department of Communication Studies affords an abundance of internship opportunities. Past interns have worked for:

  • President Barack Obama
  • Senator John McCain
  • Congressional leaders, governors, and legislators
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Health care companies
  • Entertainment firms and studios  

The department strongly encourages you to secure an internship before graduation. We hope our majors discover the joy, engagement, and the educational value of being an intern. Without a doubt, integrating classroom learning with hands-on job experience is one recipe for academic success! 

For more information, please contact Ted Hollingworth, the department’s internship coordinator.

A Capitol Experience: Special Internship Opportunity for all Department Majors 

One unique opportunity for Communication Studies and Political Communication majors is the Emerson Washington, D.C. Program. Working in conjunction with The Washington Center for Internships and Seminars, an independent nonprofit organization, the Department of Communication Studies provides students with an enormous array of internship possibilities in and around the nation’s capital. Past student internship employers include:

  • Human rights organizations
  • Think tanks
  • Political offices
  • Lobbyist firms
  • Social responsibility agencies
  • Business administration offices
  • Environmental organizations 

Such opportunities provide students with the skills and experience they need to succeed in a variety of professions. Emerson students will be housed in apartments provided by the Center and students pay nothing beyond the equivalent of a semester on Emerson’s Boston campus. 

For more information about the program and how to apply, visit the Emerson Washington, D.C. Program webpage, or contact Richard West. This is a highly competitive program, and the application process requires letters of support.


Giovanna Negretti '95

Latino Political Organization Founder & Executive Director Says "Follow Your Passion"

Giovanna Negretti '95 founded ¿Oíste?, a statewide Latino political organization, after working as an aide in the 1990s for former State Senator Dianne Wilkerson. Disappointed in the lack of Latino representation in the Massachusetts government, Negretti channeled that anger into passion to change the status quo.

"Believe in your passion and follow it," she advised Emerson students. "I wanted to give voice to the silenced and the marginalized, so I founded ¿Oíste?, and it has succeeded beyond my wildest dreams."


Barney T. Bishop III '73

How to Succeed in Business

President and CEO of Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), Barney Bishop represents the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state. Bishop recommends getting into state or federal government in order to understand the private sector, and showing confidence but not arrogance.