Three Reasons to Study Communication at Meredith

With the rapid growth and ever-changing landscape of communication, employers value fast learning, multi-talented professionals in this industry more than ever before. However, if you or someone you know has been on the job hunt recently, you’ve probably learned that a list of skills on your resume isn’t enough – employers want candidates with real-world experience. By majoring in communication at Meredith, you’ll have the opportunity to gain that experience employers are seeking through community-based learning and internships.

As an alumna of Meredith’s communication program myself, I know firsthand the many benefits it offers. During my time as a student, I was able to complete several internships and client-facing projects that helped me land a job immediately after graduation.

And since then, the program has grown even stronger. For example, you may have heard about the construction of the new academic building on Meredith’s campus, which will house both the communication and exercise and sports science programs. Construction on the new building is expected to be completed during the Fall 2020 semester and will feature a media studio, a podcast studio, editing labs, and agency style classrooms. The new building shows Meredith’s commitment to preparing students to thrive in the growing field of communication.

And because of that growth, there’s never been a better time to choose communication as your field of study at Meredith. Here are just a few reasons why:

Experienced faculty with deep connections in the field. 

The faculty in the communication program have years of real-world experience in their respective areas of the field. If you study communication at Meredith, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from former award-winning TV reporters, freelancers, content creators, public relations officers, videographers, counselors, and more. These instructors teach from experience, not just from a textbook. And because they worked with a lot of different companies and organizations over the years, they have a strong network of professionals to connect you with when it’s time to look for a job or internship. Meredith communication students have a strong reputation because of their history of working for employers within this network. Every year, the department gets several inquiries from these companies around the Triangle, looking for Meredith students specifically to fill their internships and job openings.

Ideal location with internship and job opportunities galore.

Whether you’re interested in working in government, public relations, news and media, healthcare, technology, education, sports, or in an agency environment – there are several things you can do in Raleigh with a communication degree. The Triangle serves as a mecca for several industries, including:

  • Government: As the state capital, there’s plenty of demand in Raleigh to work for government officials, candidates, and agencies. For example, Meredith communication alumna Caitlyn Grimes, ’18, serves as the Press Secretary to First Lady Kristin Cooper at the Office of the Governor for North Carolina. And Indyah Bryant, ’19, serves as a Communications Officer at North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Technology: With our close proximity to Research Triangle Park (RTP), Meredith communication students frequently have the opportunity to work for well-established technology companies such as SAS, Credit Suisse, and Cisco. Danielle Dixon, ’18, works as an HR Communications Specialist on the Employer Brand and Communications Team at SAS, an opportunity that started out as an internship when she was a student in the program herself.
  • News/Radio: Raleigh-Durham is one of the Top 25 Media Markets in America – which is great for students interested in news or radio. Many of our students have held roles at WRAL, ABC-11, and more. Communication alumna Julia Allsbrook, ’18, interned with the sports division of Spectrum News when she was at Meredith and now, she works full time in sports broadcasting at Queens University.

Since real-world learning is a vital part of any education, the major requires 120 hours of internship work for three hours of credit  towards your degree. While many schools require an internship to complete the communication major, our location means that we have more internships than we have students to fill them. Couple that with our faculty’s strong connections in the field, and your problem won’t be finding an internship – it will be narrowing it down to just one.

Soft skills matter, too.

In addition to developing students in the areas of critical thinking and technical skills, the communication program puts an emphasis on emotional intelligence as well. Through personality assessments, workshops, and advising, faculty members teach students to understand that their emotional intelligence is vital to their personal and professional success. Interpersonal communication is one of the three concentrations you can choose from within the major, so there are several courses you can take to develop your emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills – including forgiveness, relational communication, and gender communication.

If studying for a career in communication at Meredith sounds interesting to you, learn more about the program.

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