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Communication Careers & Internships

A communication degree gives you the flexibility to create a successful career in a variety of professions. Starting salaries for communications majors average $44,500 per year, according to a 2013 National Association of Colleges and Employers survey. Salaries depend on job type and industry, and could include positions such as:

  • Advertising specialist
  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Communication director
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate spokesperson
  • Corporate trainer
  • Creative director
  • Event coordinator
  • Healthcare advocate
  • Health educator
  • Internal communication manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Marketing director
  • Media buyer
  • Media relations specialist
  • Organizational communication analyst
  • Public information specialist
  • Public relations account executive
  • Publicity manager
  • Recruiter
  • Speech writer

Practice Your Craft in College

All communication majors are required to complete a 3-4 credit internship prior to graduation. Internships provide you valuable experience to enhance your practical skills, network with potential employers and learn about the types of companies you do or don’t want to work for in the future.

You may complete more than one internship, but you will need the communication chairperson’s approval to earn credit for both.

Communication faculty can help you find an internship. Our students have interned at the following companies:

  • American Heart Association
  • Aurora Health Care
  • GermanFest
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
  • Johnson Controls
  • Marcus Movie Theaters
  • TMJ4 “Morning Blend” TV show
  • V100 Radio
  • Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce