Communication Studies: Engaging with Students

Whether you prefer to work with one student or the whole class, whether you want help tackling a large project or just need help on a smaller task, there are a variety of ways we can help you partner with students. The following are the most common ways, but please feel free to reach out and we can consider a better way to meet your needs.

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you need students to show up to an event, volunteer for a few hours, or help spread the word about an opportunity students could be a part of? We may be able to develop a partnership, or just let students know about the opportunity.


undergraduate internships They are a good choice if you need a single student to have a constant presence in your organization and the ability to take on smaller projects or assignments as they arise over the course of the semester. Internships allow a student to invest more in becoming a member of the organization, without the added complications of additional class assignments students have with class associations. It’s like having a qualified part-time employee. Internships can be taken during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. You can find the basics here.

Also, second-year master’s students in our graduate program in Communication and Advocacy can complete a one-year internship as part of their completion requirements. These students will work in their organization 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters, pursuing a project or projects that directly relate to communication and advocacy. Your goal is to make a significant and informed research contribution to your organization while you are there.

class societies

If you’re not ready to oversee an internship, but have a project you’d like help with, a class association might be right for you. With a class association, students work with you to fulfill part of the requirements of a regularly scheduled course. These projects range from specific deliverables that you simply turn in and we return completed to more complicated projects that require regular planning meetings. We have a wide variety of courses that guide students through these types of commitments. By the way, class associations don’t necessarily mean you’re working with the WHOLE class, often you’re working with 1 or 2 students or a small group. It just depends on what works best for you and the class. The list here outlines several of the courses that are often associated with community organizations and a brief description of the types of projects that could emerge from those courses.

visiting a class

Don’t have a clear need, but still want to get involved with students? Perhaps you have experience or knowledge in an area that you want to share with our students. Let us know and we’ll see if we can find a class that’s a good fit.

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