Communications is one of the most dynamic industries in the nation, employing more than a million people and providing hundreds of different career opportunities.
The Communications Department at the University of Southern Indiana offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree options in four fields of study.
For those pursing graduate-level education opportunities in communication, the department also offers a Master of Arts in Communication degree.
Students can gain valuable skills by completing interdisciplinary minor programs in film studies, digital video and web development. The digital video minor is offered in collaboration with the Art and Design department, while the web development minor includes coursework from art and design and computer information sciences.
Click on the pictures below to read personal testimonials of how students use their USI communications degrees in the real world:
Ever wondered what you could do with the gift of talk? Turns out that the opportunities are endless. We just have to look for them. As a junior at USI I have already been able to utilize my communication studies background to obtain three internships.
The summer before my freshman year I was a Marketing and Sales Intern at the National Headquarters of Grote Industries in Madison, Indiana. Through this experience I was able to create a database to compare the company’s products to their competition. After learning about the Communication Studies Internship elective given through USI, I was hired the summer of 2014 as a Customer Service Intern at the Global Headquarters of VSG also in Madison, Indiana. Working under three supervisors and a group of caring employees that I grew very close to, I was able to gain a plethora of knowledge and experience. My favorite part was assisting in RAI and ALI training where Customer Service Representatives teach how to install and inspect car lifts. I also enjoyed the opportunity to present my projects accomplished throughout the summer to ten executives within the company.
Currently I am a Human Resources Intern at the Springleaf Financial Services corporate office in Evansville, Indiana. I found out about this position through the Fall USI Career Fair where I was able to communicate to the recruiters face-to-face and gain an insight to the environment I am now working in. So far I have learned about sourcing candidates, completing background searches, and the new hire process. Springleaf has given me the opportunity to put my communication skills to the test, and I was able to represent Springleaf at three career fairs in Evansville this spring including USI. I have also been posting internship and job opportunities to 800+ Springleaf branches across the nation.
I have made over 100 connections through my internships and continue to be given opportunities to build future relationships. In sharing my experiences, I hope to inspire other college students to seek out internships and gain hands-on experience to prepare for life after college. If there is one thing I have learned through internships, it is that while our professors have given us the knowledge that we need, how we use it is up to us.×
I had multiple internships while at USI, every single one gave me valuable experience and broadened my knowledgebase. One of which was with Ambassador Travel in Evansville, IN. This internship gave me an insight on not only how to develop and focus my talents, but also how to do so with a specific business in mind. In class, you learn the techniques, through an internship, you learn how to properly apply them. Ambassador Travel was helpful and kind, as well as, always willing to work with my schedule and had a listening ear when I voiced my ideas. I would recommend them to anyone looking for an internship. My internship with Ambassador Travel lead to a fantastic career! I would advise everyone to do as many internships as possible. Do a variety of not-for-profits and for-profits, this will give a broad base to work from.×
This Spring I accepted an internship with the Vanderburgh Community Foundation. The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is an organization that is committed to improving the lives of individuals in the community by funding the work local non-profit organizations.
As an intern I have a litany of responsibilities. Sometimes my job can include more of an administrative role where I am coordinating events with organizations in the area or participating in board meetings. Then there are times when more of my creative marketing skills are needed. During this internship I have been tasked with creating awareness for the foundation through social media. I also use social media to keep the community updated on events, how area organizations are doing, and to market scholarships to local graduating high school seniors.
Being able to succeed in this position wouldn’t have been possible if not for the skills that I have gained through the classes at USI. With the knowledge and skills that I have from USI combined with the experience from my time as an intern I know I am prepared for the workforce after I graduate.×
During my senior year I was fortunate to Intern at Payne Wealth Partners, a small financial advising firm in Evansville, IN. It was an amazing experience that challenged me and helped me gain real world experience. When asked about the internship, I would always tell people it was going well as I was able to do things that I want to be doing 10 years from now. I created and managed all social media efforts, helped plan events, and contacted our local news media for various happenings around the office. The best part is that they hired me full-time at the end of the Internship! ×
The internship with the Freedom Heritage Museum was the internship that put my skills to the test. As a member and team leader of the student intern team, our mission was to plan and execute a P-47 Homecoming event for veterans and their families, honoring the P-47 Thunderbolt, built in Evansville, Indiana during World War II.
What exactly did we do throughout this internship? Over six short weeks, our team met regularly as a group and with the museum’s board of leaders. Each of us had a role and were held accountable for continuing our work beyond meetings—we lived by deadlines. We wrote media kits, biographies, and promotional copy as well as designed flyers, posters, and buttons. We collaborated with the media, printing companies, local businesses, and recruited volunteers for the event. We also learned how to educate our clients and advocate for the importance of public relations. In the end, we had a successful P-47 Homecoming event, despite the lack of an actual P-47 Thunderbolt being present. (Did I mention we overcame obstacles too?) The event garnered local media coverage and over 300 veterans and their families in attendance.
Perhaps the best internships are the ones that expect the most from you but also give you the opportunity to appreciate your hard work. Working with the Freedom Heritage Museum as a recent PR graduate truly prepared me for the “real world”. It was a lot of fun and even more work, but also an experience that I could not be more thankful for.
This summer, I traded in my shorts and flip flops for raincoats and sweaters to head to Scotland for a six week internship through the University of Southern Indiana’s Global Engagement Internship program. I am working at the New Lanark World Heritage Site in the department that coordinates exhibitions, development, marketing, promotion and more. I’ve just completed week two and I have already been involved with many projects and meetings. Most recently, I helped put the finishing touches on a joint exhibition with the local library and was involved in the set-up of displays and archive material.
For someone who loves the craft of public relations and enjoys the interpretation of history, the New Lanark internship is a dream. It has already been a great learning opportunity as I have experienced, first hand, what goes into exhibition preparation, production and promotion. I’ve handled three hundred year old books and worked on content for a new brochure. During the rest of my time here, I will get acquainted with a variety of the workings at the site while still having specific projects and tasks to complete.
The transition hasn’t been all rainbows and kittens. My first two weeks have tested my adaptability and shown me that my academic training in certain areas doesn’t necessarily cross borders. I am the outsider, completely immersed in a new culture, and I have had to mold certain writing, drafting and communication techniques around a new set of standards and norms.
USI provided me with skills that have prepared me for this internship and gave me the opportunity to embark on this fantastic adventure. The knowledge I gain while working in New Lanark will allow me to bring real world experience into my final year of classes and having international work experience will certainly prove to be invaluable as I move forward in my life.
I’m only two weeks into my journey; four weeks left to work in Scotland then the rest of my summer will be spent backpacking! Check my blog tallgirltravel.blogspot.com and my Instagram @katsledge for updates and progress on my projects, anecdotes from a lone traveler, and country-hopping journeys with my brother!
Photo Caption: “Sledge carefully adjusts pieces of 18th century literature for a display in the New Lanark exhibition “A Tale of Two Institutes”.×
As a Communications Intern at SABIC, the opportunities and experience I’ve gained are a huge part of my success. My time at SABIC has by far been the most valuable experience in my collegiate career. I have learned more than I ever thought I would and have had the opportunity to add a variety of material to my professional portfolio. I have broadened my network by meeting with several key individuals within the SABIC plant site while learning about various areas of the company. This field experience has surpassed my expectations by a large amount. In the past 5 months, I have designed a website for Human Resources, managed an internal newsletter for over 1,200 employees, and experienced what it’s like to help kick-off a brand new professional group on the Mt. Vernon plant site. I have been allotted the opportunity to experience key meetings with local government officials, business dinners, and community events representing SABIC. I wake up in the morning excited to get to my job and I have been so blessed by this opportunity as a student.
Photo Caption: Haley Oeth interviews SABIC's Nancy Nash to learn about how plastic produced at SABIC's Mount Vernon, Indiana manufacturing facility is created and used to make door handles, fenders, and spoilers for automobiles.