Develop Your Skills

At Comm Lead learning doesn’t end in the classroom. We partner with the Fellows program, the Seattle Globalist, and Linsey Careers to bring you a variety of skill-building opportunities outside of the regular curriculum. Below are just some of the free workshops that are held each year to support Comm Lead students in their career development:

Finding Your Career Path 
The Comm Lead program has given you direction, but there are many paths with a variety of opportunities ahead of you. When faced with this question, “What is your ideal next job?” it is important to have put some thought behind the answer to ensure your career path is one where you can thrive. In this workshop, you will learn how to assess who you are, your skills and competencies, and what kind of environment would allow you to contribute to the best of your ability.

Creating Key Messages to Tell Your Own Story 
Most of us are great at talking about our company, our products and our teams, but when it comes to talking about ourselves, we often miss the mark. Whether in a job search, or simply speaking to someone about your career goals, it is important to have a solid communication strategy in place. The most powerful way to connect to that next great job opportunity (internally or with a new company), is to have meaningful conversations. This workshop will give you practical, hands-on methods for creating your communication strategy for job search, as well as ways to implement that strategy through effective conversations.

Job Search Tools – Resumes, Portfolios and Social Media 
Your resume is an important introduction of your skills and experience, and in this workshop, we’ll cover how to present your talents in a way that tells your story well. But in addition to the resume, we’ll also discuss portfolios (electronic and hard copy versions), social media tools and your general online presence when it comes to job search.

Creating a Job Search Strategy
A Job Search Plan can be directly correlated to a communication plan. Why not approach your job search in a way that makes sense to most communications professionals? In this workshop, you will learn how to approach your job search like you approach a communications plan. From evaluating where you are and where you want to go, targeting your audience, and setting timelines to creating a career development path that makes sense. Whether currently in a job search, or simply speaking to someone about your career goals, thinking through the job search plan is as important as a communication plan is before any project launch.

Interviews and Beyond 
For professional communicators, interviewing for a new role might seem like a walk in the park. Unfortunately, many of the lessons taught by communicators are often not put into practice during a personal interview. In this workshop, we’ll practice the four steps that will ensure you are ready to share valuable and relevant information during that crucial moment, using tools you already have in your communicator’s toolbox.

Be sure to check our Events Calendar and social media channels for upcoming workshops!

Internships

We believe that a high-quality internship provides a valuable opportunity to gain exposure to careers while acquiring skills, contacts, and work products that will help upon entrance to the job market. We provide students with a number of leadership opportunities related to the program, from editorships at the Flip the Media blog to international internships. Comm Lead encourages each student to be entrepreneurial in their quest for resources, contacts, and opportunities during their degree.

In the past, we’ve connected students to internships at companies such as Facebook, APOPO, C+C and NBC Universal. Often these positions lead to jobs. A number of our students have even travelled overseas for their internships or as part of their graduate research with a faculty member. Countries visited include Ghana, Tahiti, Uganda, Cameroon, and Namibia.

“My favorite experience was my internship at Facebook’s Content Strategy department. I didn’t know what content strategy was as a discipline before starting Comm Lead, and the knowledge I gained from Andrea Zeller’s class allowed me to have an amazing summer in Silicon Valley.” – Kathy Matosich, MCDM Alumna

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