About the course
Internships are a way for you to take some of the things you’ve learned at Saint Joseph’s and the Communication Studies Department into the workplace. Ideally your college education and internship(s) will help guide you toward a career and life with purpose. This class is required for internships that carry credit and my job here is to help you put your internship into a larger context.
We will listen/read/watch some stuff about careers and look at some examples and advice on how work might fit into a purposeful life. We can also use our weekly online chats to talk about more day-to-day issues you face (things like networking, business etiquette etc.).
My professional experience outside of the university is a journalist. I was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse and newspapers in Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. I usually worked out of cafés and on trains, so to be honest I never really had an office job to negotiate until I started working at Saint Joseph’s. But I think many of the meta skills of networking etc. are part of any career. So we can talk about those as well career paths etc.
• To share and discuss work experience, skills and expertise gained during the internship experience.
• To understand more deeply the concept of work-life balance and a “purposeful” career.
We will meet in person on Thursdays or Fridays in Bronstein. Here are the groups:
• Participation (weekly meetings and attendance at 3 of 5 career salons)
You are required to attend (online) one weekly meeting (45 minutes- one hours) and 3 of the 5 career salons during the semester. 25 percent
• Career salon
You and your group are required to organize one career salon during the semester. This includes establishing contact with speaker(s), organizing their participation and reserving space at Bronstein and refreshments. Inaddition, you are required to attend two career salons other than the one you organize. 25 percent
• Alumni profile – Due 12-16, 5 p.m.
You will create an online profile of a Communication Studies graduate that will go on the department website. This will be a Q&A by email and include at least one photo. We will work together to find an alumna/us to profile. 25 percent
• Final internship presentations
You will deliver a five-minute Ignite-style talk about your internships for other COM students. 25 percent
Week 1 – Sept. 22/23
Week 2 – Sept. 29/30
Watch Steve Jobs, How to Live Before You Die
Week 3 – Oct. 6/7
Ruth Chang, How to Make Hard Choices
Week 4 – Oct. 13/14
Career Salon – Colleen and Kat
Free period – Oct. 13
Week 5 – Oct. 20/21
Career Salon – Sara S. and Maria D.
Week 6 – Oct. 27/28
Week 7 – Nov. 3/4
Career Salon – Danielle and Matt
Week 8 – Nov. 10/11
Career salon – Nicole and Mackenzie
Week 9 – Nov. 17/18
Career salon – Sara L. – Kerry
theSkimm is an e-mail newsletter and a really smart company. This may not be your thing, but the advice here applies to pretty much any job. I think a “what not do” in a job interview is always helpful.
Week 10 – Thanksgiving
Week 11 – Dec. 1/2
Watch Susan Colantuono, The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get
Career Salon – Megan and Chris
Week 12 – Dec. 8/9
Watch Angela Lee Duckworth, The Key to Success? Grit