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.
How do students use their USI Communication degrees in the real world? Click on the pictures below to read personal testimonials:
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.
I was a Hoosier State Press Association Eugene S. Pulliam intern for the Kokomo Tribune in Kokomo, Indiana. It was a great experience that taught me the valuable lessons of working for a daily newspaper. I met daily deadlines and worked on an enterprise story throughout my internship. The story, which was about challenges undocumented students in Kokomo face, ran as a Sunday enterprise and received a lot of feedback. My experience at The Shield, USI's student newspaper, prepared me immensely. I'm glad I took the time to work at The Shield before delving into my internships. It has prepared me as much as possible.×
I was an intern at the Evansville Courier and Press. While working there, I had a chance to write stories I pitched. Also, one of my first few weeks as a Hoosier State Press Association Eugene S. Pulliam intern at the Banner Graphic in Greencastle, Indiana, I designed a 12-page spread. Having never designed something ever made that project quite intimidating, but now I can say, "I've designed something. By myself." During internships, you never expect to make friends. I have a few more now, and when I had a bad day, they would always cheer me up. It's nice to know that wherever you go, you have a support group.×
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The USI Communications Department's journalism, public relations and advertising, and radio and television programs are fully accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).