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Career Development

Communication Management
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Located in deChantal Hall
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• Individual Career Counseling
• Career Assessments
• Internships
• Career Readiness
• Resume Development, Cover Letter Writing, and
Interview Skills
• Career Expo
• Career Resources and Career Center
• Workshops
Career Center Resources

• Graduate School Information and Catalogs

• Graduate School Testing Booklets and Study Guides

• Employer Resources and Contact Information

• Internet resources and online career preparation

• Law School Resources

• Internship Resources
Lion’s Path / Employment Postings

• Career Database Available for Students

• Free to Register
• Search electronic job postings
• Post your resume
• www.myinterfase.com/saintleo/student
What Can You Do?
• Attend workshops
and meet with
employers on campus
• Schedule an
appointment early
• Have us review your
• Attend Career Expo
and Career Fairs
• Discuss internship
• Don’t Procrastinate
Resources for Communication
Management Majors
• Dr. Bruce Hammond
• St. Edward Hall
• 352-588-8450
• bruce.hammond@saintleo.edu

• Dr. Margaret Ostrenko

• St. Edward Hall
• 352-588-7859
• margaret.ostrenko@saintleo.edu
Internship Overview
Internships are mandatory for Communication Management Majors

Internship Course Listings:

CMM 221: Communication Pre-Internship 3 Credits
Pre-Requisites: CMM 101 and approval of department chair

CMM 425: Internship Seminar 3 Credits

Pre-Requisites: CMM 225, senior status, and approval of department chair

Course Description: The faculty-supervised internship experience may take place in a wide variety
of settings. The on-site internship is thirteen weeks in length with the first and last week of the
semester devoted to classroom meetings. Students learn to address and overcome the many
macro and micro obstacles that are a natural and integral part of the internship experience such
as developing effective relationships and putting classroom theory into practice. May be
repeated for credit up to 12-credit-maximum
Internship Definition
• Internships are an important part of the Saint
Leo academic experience

• Every Saint Leo major offers students the

opportunity to test theory learned in the
classroom against practice in a real world, real
work setting

• Internships introduce and develop self-directed

learning and real world skills
Student Benefits
• Gain exposure to real-world problems and issues not found in textbooks and
cultivate work habits, skill development, career networking learning experience

• Increase marketability: Only 30% of seniors have job offers prior to graduation;
however, after completing an internship, that figure rises to 58%

• Evaluate specific companies or specific careers prior to committing with full-time

employment; a try before you buy type of experience

• Ease transition from student to professional setting

• Increased opportunities within a company for faster advancement and growth

• Facilitate a higher starting salary than non-interns. Interns received, on average,

$2,240 more than non-interns for starting salary
Employer Benefits
• Interns provide a year round, flexible, cost-effective work
force not requiring long-term employer commitment

• Provide increased visibility on-campus for their


• 62% of new hires had participated in an internship


• 30.7% of their new college hires came from their

internship program
Internship Eligibility & Criteria
• Internships are offered Fall, Spring, or Summer. Part-
time or Full-time options

• Recommended minimal 2.5 GPA

• Minimal 30 credits and be a declared major

• Must have own reliable transportation and medical


• Need to have secured a faculty sponsor or obtained

faculty advisor approval
Tips for Locating an Internship
• Check with your academic advisor to see which departments
maintain listings in your field of study

• Visit career services for information regarding internship postings

and resources such as books and websites

• Attend job fairs

• Visit your campus library to research companies and organizations

• Contact the chamber of commerce to find out about companies in

the area you are interested in interning

• Network with family, friends, instructors, and professionals

Web Resources for Communication
Management Majors
• www.careers-in-marketing.com
• www.workinpr.com
• www.natcom.org
• www.magazine.org
• www.roundtable.org
• www.asne.org
• www.prsa.org
• www.nab.org
Potential Employers Include:
• Product and Service Organizations
• Retail Stores
• Hotels
• Restaurants
• Financial Companies
• Insurance Companies
• Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations
• Print and Electronic Media
• Private Corporations
• Public Service Organizations
• Public Opinion Research Firms
• Public Relations Firms
• Advertising Agencies
• Radio and TV Companies
• Sports and Entertainment Organizations
• Hospitality and Tourism Industry
• Consulting Firms
What Can I do With my
Communication Management

Business • Sales
• Customer Service
• Management
• Human Resources
• Training & Development
• Labor Relations
• Writing/Editing
• Office Management
What Can I Do with my
Communication Management

Public Relations
• Public Relations
Advertising • TV, Radio, Film
Media • Advertising
• Marketing
• Corporate Public Affairs
• Development
• Media Analysis
• Creative Directing
• Writing/Editing
• Publishing
• Producing
• Directing
What Can I do With my
Communication Management

• Campaigning
Nonprofit Organizations
• Legislative
Government/Law • Research
Education • Lobbying
• Government
• Law Firms
• Political Parties
• Teaching
Job Outlook Advertising

• Keen competition is expected for highly coveted


• College graduates with related experience, a high level

of creativity, strong communication skills, and computer
skills will have the best job opportunities

• High earnings, substantial travel, and long hours are


• Managers are prime candidates for advancement to the

highest ranks
Job Statistics & Information

• Advertising, marketing, promotions, public

relations, and managers held about
583,000 jobs in 2006.

• Average job growth expected (12%)

• Average starting salaries range from

$33,831 to $40,161
Job Outlook News Analysts,
Reporters, and Correspondents

• Competition is keen in large metropolitan areas, national

newspapers, broadcast stations, and magazines.
Smaller markets and online publications should provide
the best opportunities

• Employers prefer individuals with a bachelor’s degree in

journalism or mass communications and experience with
school newspapers or internships

• Jobs often involve long, irregular hours and pressure to

meet deadlines
Job Growth & Information

• News analysts and correspondents held about 67,000

jobs in 2006. About 59% worked for newspapers, books,
and publishers. 23% worked in radio and TV

• There is expected to be little or no change in

employment through 2016. Employment growth
expected to grow 2%.

• Average annual earnings were $46,710 to

Career Preparation Steps
• Develop excellent written and verbal communication and
interpersonal skills

• Get experience with public speaking

• Work well on a team and develop leadership skills

• Explore specializations within major and professional field. Select

electives to enhance knowledge in areas of interest

• Get involved with campus activities and professional organizations

such as the school newspaper

• Participate in an internship or volunteer is areas associated with

chosen career path

Kim Edwards
Associate Director of Career Services

Benet Bondi
Assistant Director for Internships