Service learning, professional experience and research opportunities
Through many of your communication courses, you'll work with nonprofit and community organizations to create applied communication projects. These service-learning experiences allow you to gain valuable professional experience, and the resulting projects make excellent additions to your portfolio. While many service-learning experiences are already integrated into coursework (particularly within the public relations curriculum), you can add a service-learning component to any class.
You are also encouraged to get involved with professional associations, which provide you with continuing education, professional development, networking and presentation opportunities.
In addition, you might consider completing an independent study project with a faculty member. These opportunities may include event planning and research projects, and course credit is often available.