Quinnipiac University

School of Communications Career Development

In addition to the industry knowledge and skills that come with a top-notch education, you’ll also need a strong professional network to land the right job in news, media and strategic communications. That’s where we come in. We’ll introduce you to the people and resources that will help translate your Quinnipiac experience into a rewarding career.

It’s what you know… and who you know

At Quinnipiac, we build relationships. Our students intern with the best companies — from local media to global communications networks. Even better, they have access to our growing alumni base of 50,000+ who love to share their knowledge and advice about the industry to help their fellow Bobcats succeed. At Quinnipiac, we create opportunities that will get you connected.

Students also have access to numerous career-focused opportunities within the School of Communications and across the university — starting in their first year. These resources and services will help you learn how to network, hunt for the right job and stand out from the competition as you begin your career.

Career services at Quinnipiac include:

  • Required Career Development course (includes resume and cover letter writing and interviewing skills)
  • Annual career conference exclusively for School of Communications students
  • Alumni/student mentor program for first-year and sophomore students
  • Alumni and employer office hours to connect one-on-one with industry professionals
  • Dedicated website for career development and job and internship opportunities
  • Digital materials review (LinkedIn, portfolio, resume reel, website)
  • AI tools prepare students for interviews
  • Assistance with graduate school search and application process
  • Workshops, panel discussions and speakers representing various fields of communications
  • Interview preparation and practice, as well as internship and job search assistance
  • Site visits to organizations throughout the area
  • Access to Bobcat Connect, a platform for networking, career support and finding mentors
  • Mentor program matches students with alums working in industry

By the Numbers

1,000+ Completed Internships

We continually review new internship opportunities in professional communications and media settings throughout the country.

46,200 Job Growth

The number of new communications jobs expected to be added through 2029. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

$166.4B Well-Funded Futures

Estimated spending in digital advertising in 2020.

In Their Words

Photo of journalism student Isabelle Agricola at Fox Sports Radio

Isabelle Agricola ’21

Journalism major, QU in LA participant

“I think the most important skill I learned while interning at Fox Sports Radio was how to work in a fast-paced environment. I woke up every day excited to go into work. I got to talk about sports all day and create content centered around them, which was my dream. I met so many great people, learned so much, and feel incredibly prepared to go into sports media."

Headshot of media studies student Katerina Bressette '20

Katerina Bressette ’20

Communications/Media Studies

“While at WORX, I brainstormed and created several social content calendars for several different clients. My experience with ‘The Agency’ helped me prepare a lot for this internship. Learning how to prioritize deadlines and plan content calendars and social media campaigns helped give me prior knowledge on the projects that WORX works on.”

Carlye Paskow standing in front of the WTNH News Channel 8 sign

Carlye Paskow ’20

Advertising and Integrated Communications

“Interning [at WTNH, News 8] and learning in the classroom at the same time was very helpful, especially when I was working with the marketing and sales teams. I applied classroom knowledge of my advertising major and general business minor almost every single day. I also referred back to my advertising classes, especially when dealing with social media.”

Career Paths

The world of communications is complex and ever changing — and always growing. There are more opportunities than ever for today’s communications graduates, and a degree from the School of Communications sets you on the path to a range of rewarding careers.

Broadcast news analysts — also called anchors — lead news shows on television or radio, or work as commentators analyzing and interpreting news stories and offering opinions.

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Multimedia artists and animators create two- and three-dimensional models, images that appear to move, and visual effects for television, movies, video games and other forms of media.

Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging and movie and television productions. They create the overall design and direct others who develop artwork or layouts.

Public relations managers help clarify their organization’s point of view to its main audience through media releases and interviews. They monitor social, economic and political trends that might affect their organization, and they recommend ways to enhance the firm’s image on the basis of those trends.

Advertising managers create interest among potential buyers of a product or service. They work in advertising agencies that put together advertising campaigns for clients, in media firms that sell advertising space or time, and in organizations that advertise heavily. Promotions managers direct programs that combine advertising with purchasing incentives to increase sales.

Experiential Learning

Graphic and interactive design students tour an advertising agency
Find your beat and gain practical experience

Thanks to our student media outlets and unique experiential programs, students from all majors in the School of Communications have many opportunities to improve their digital literacy, as well as writing, editing, design and technical production skills.

Some of the ways to flex your creative muscles, tell great stories and produce award-winning content, on and off campus, include:

  • The Agency—a full-service, student-run interdisciplinary firm that takes on real projects from real clients
  • Student media outlets, including Q30 Television, The Chronicle newspaper, WQAQ radio and Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network
  • QuinniPR, a student-run public relations firm
  • A podcast studio that includes 6 cameras for exciting video podcast
  • Faculty-led international trips to such countries as Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, South Africa, Poland and Germany
  • The innovative QU in LA program, open to any major and is offered each semester and during the summer

Alumni Network

Thanks to our prime location in the media corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C., and our extensive list of industry connections, you’ll find our graduates working as news reporters, anchors, analysts, film producers, web designers and public relations professionals at prestigious companies.

These companies include:

  • ABC 7/Fox 22- WVII (Bangor, ME)
  • A&E Network
  • Audacity
  • Boston Bruins Foundation
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Burson Cohn & Wolfe
  • Business Insider
  • Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications
  • CLNS Media
  • Constellation Agency
  • Edelman
  • 5W Public Relations
  • IPG Mediabrands
  • Jaroop
  • Klarna
  • LL Bean
  • Lands’ End
  • Lululemon
  • Mack Media Group
  • Major League Soccer
  • NBC Sports
  • National Hockey League
  • Ogilvy
  • Pinterest
  • Vineyard Vines
  • Tailored Media
  • Toast, Inc.
  • Townsquare Media
  • Uber
  • Universal McCann
  • Wayfair

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