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What I Did With My Communication Degree

Wondering what you can do
with a communication degree?
Let our graduates tell you!

Sometimes it's hard for Communication Studies students to determine a career path because of the broad nature of communication. The study of communication spans a range of communication processes and contexts which are reflected in the areas of specialization in our undergraduate program:
  1. Mass Media and Public Relations
  2. Rhetoric and Public Communication
  3. Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication

The essential speaking, writing, interpersonal, critical thinking, and technology skills that students develop as Communication Studies majors make them ideal candidates for careers in advertising, broadcasting, corporate communications, education, government, journalism, social services, the entertainment industry, communication technology and many more fields.

The career paths of recent graduates reflect the diversity of opportunities for communication majors. As you read their stories below, think about what you could do with a communication degree.

Are you a graduate of our program?
Want to share what you've done?
Please tell us your story.

Jim Vaughn

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Class of 2003

Employer

WFMZ-TV
Allentown, PA
http://www.wfmz.com

Title

Sports Anchor/Reporter

Job Description

I'm the weekend anchor at WFMZ-TV in Allentown. I anchor the sportscasts on the 6:00 and 10:00 news every Saturday and Sunday, as well as for the Sunrise show on Monday morning. I also report on games during the week.

My job also entails updating the website, writing scripts, editing video, and shooting many of the games we cover.

I also co-host a weekly radio show on the Lehigh Valley's ESPN Radio affiliate each Saturday morning from 10am-12pm, and serve as the host of the "Lehigh Sports Magazine," a half-hour interview show covering Lehigh University athletics.

Beth Gaughan

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Class of 2006

Employer

National Park Service
Rocky Mountain National Park

Title

Interpretation Intern (equivalent to a GS-5 Ranger)

Job Description

I research, prepare and present interpretive programs on the natural and cultural resources of the Park. These programs include nature walks, talks and kids programs. I work at three different visitor centers giving information to visitors concerning hiking and the planning of their trips.

Lauren Beley


Class of 2007

Employer

TicketLeap.com
Philadelphia, PA
http://www.ticketleap.com

Title

Marketing Communications Project Manager

Job Description

Within the Marketing department at TicketLeap, I manage a busy portfolio of marketing projects including website design and copywriting, email marketing campaigns, market research, lead research and more. I work with copy writers and graphic designers to effectively market to potential customers and drive new business to the company. I also lead the public relations efforts for the company when new products are released.

Quinn Conyers


Class of 2005

Employer

United Way of Central Maryland and Coppin State University
Baltimore, Maryland
http://www.quinnconyers.com

Title

Manager and Adjunct Professor

Job Description

United Way of Central Maryland (Manager, Combined Charity Campaign)
•Supervisor of 12 Loaned Executives and Sr. Administrative Assistant
•Manager of $1.2 million dollar work place giving campaign
•Develop strategies for donor retention and expansion
•Develop and manage relationships with Baltimore City officials
•Organize speakers for special events and trainings
•Campaign spokesperson for fundraising and philanthropic activity
•Trainer of 300 Baltimore City employees in fundraising and public speaking
•Fundraiser for over 360 non profits serving Baltimore City

Coppin State University (Adjunct Professor)
•Teach college students how to improve public speaking skills
•Help students become better orators by analyzing other speeches
•Inform students of benefits of essential verbal and nonverbal communication skills

Daria Winnicka

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Class of 2007

Employer

Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic
Spartanburg, SC
http://www.sherman.edu

Title

Admission Representative

Job Description

I work as a recruiter for the Admission Department of a Chiropractic College in South Carolina. For seven to eight months of the year, I am consistently traveling in my "territory" (the northeast U.S., Michigan, Florida, and Canada) and speaking with potential chiropractic students. I do a ton of follow-up, networking, PUBLIC SPEAKING, and maintaining of relationships with students, faculty members, and advisors.

Pam Denlinger

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Class of 2007

Employer

Lancaster Barnstormers
Lancaster, PA

Title

Marketing and Public Relations Assistant

Job Description

My job changes day to day, from setting up player interviews, being the editor of the playbill or keeping the website up-to-date--I'm always on my toes. It's a high demand job that requires long hours, but it is worth it. I look forward to work everyday, because I never know what's going to happen. The game program is my main focus, but that is just a small detail of everything that I do. When you work in sports, you expect to do a little bit of everything!

Jaclyn Buchholz


Class of 2004

Employer

Direct Marketing Association
New York, NY
http://www.the-dma.org

Title

Event Marketing Manager

Job Description

My job as the Event Marketing Manager at the Direct Marketing Association is to attract attendees and exhibitors to our C-level conferences and tradeshows, which provide marketing best practices to a global audience. Using a comprehensive, integrated marketing approach deployed over a variety of channels, my days are busy with creating, proofing and tracking direct marketing campaigns. Being an actual marketing professional working at the DMA offers the added bonus of traveling the globe to attend these events to hear the top names in marketing speak about the latest industry news, trends and information.

Steven Dixon


Class of 2007

Employer

WHYY

http://whyy.org/hamiltoncommons

Title

Multimedia Instructor

Job Description

I train and teach students of all ages, hands-on instruction in video production, digital story telling, and to become more discerning media consumers in the Philadelphia region. I instruct courses on, video editing, documentary, camera, as well as after-school programs, and summer film and journalism camps for teens. It's wonderful sharing my passion and knowledge with others, to assist people young in age, and heart to tell their stories through multimedia.

Tara Musser


Class of 2008

Employer

West Chester University
West Chester, PA
http://communication.wcupa.edu

Title

Professor Tara Musser

Job Description

I teach Public Speaking full time at West Chester University as an adjunct professor. I also teach Interpersonal Communication part time at Delaware County Community College.

Carolyn Waldov

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Class of 2008

Employer

QVC
West Chester, PA
http://www.qvc.com

Title

Model Operations & Fashion Production Coordinator

Job Description

I am responsible for booking models for QVC's live show, video production shoots and print.

Lauren Jumper

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Class of 2007

Employer

Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.
Pottstown, PA
http://www.TrafficPD.com

Title

Corporate Communications Specialist

Job Description

I specifically work with the public sector of the engineering firm, Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. I work with civil engineers in preparing proposals and statements of interests for an array of projects, such as roadways, bridges, intersections, and the like. I assist with project marketing, developing the company wide newsletter, and coordinating client meetings.

Elizabeth Edgerton

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Class of 2007

Employer

The Vanguard Group
Malvern, PA
http://www.vanguard.com/

Title

Training Delivery Coordinator

Job Description

As a training coordinator, I plan and execute departmental sponsored training for new hires and existing employees at Vanguard. I assist with everything from behind the scenes prep work for training courses to serving as a lead trainer in a classroom setting. The role is most rewarding because on a daily basis I apply the public speaking, writing, leadership, and organizational skills that I learned while attending West Chester University as a Communication Studies major.

Timothy Servinsky, Jr.

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Class of 2005

Employer

Pennsylvania State University, Center for Survey Research
Harrisburg, PA

Title

Research Associate

Job Description

I conduct various forms of qualitative and quantitative research activities including focus groups, face-to-face interviews and literature reviews. I participate in the entire research process, from the development of research questions and instruments to primary data collection, analysis and reporting. Also, I oversee the implementation of research standards by research assistants to ensure the integrity of data.

Stephanie Sweeney

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Class of 2008

Employer

Abilities Network
Towson, MD

Title

Development Coordinator

Job Description

As Development Coordinator, I manage the donor, constituent, and consumer database. Other responsibilities I have include: assisting with fundraising events; coordinating stories for our newsletter; maintaining media lists; and assisting in sending out press releases with the development staff

Michael A. McLish


Class of 1987

Employer

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
St. Louis, MO
http://www.anheuser-busch.com/

Title

Senior Manager, Sales & Service Strategy

Job Description

Business consultant that works with wholesalers, reviews their operations from top to bottom, and recommend the best ways for them to improve efficiencies and increase overall retail execution. I am also currently chair of the African-American Employee Resource Group.

Jackie Gorbey

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Class of 2006

Employer

Gregory FCA Communications
Ardmore, PA

Title

Account Executive

Job Description

I manage media relations for financial services clients at Philly's #1 PR firm (according to the Philadelphia Business Journal, 2008). My main responsibility is to generate media coverage in national business and trade outlets as well as local/regional newspapers and television outlets. My daily tasks include reaching out to the media via phone calls and email, following breaking news, generating story ideas, writing pitches, communicating with clients about media topics of interest and assisting clients with leveraging their media coverage to grow their business.

Janine Fulginiti

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Class of 2008

Employer

Comcast Spotlight
Bala Cynwyd, Pa
http://www.comcastspotlight.com

Title

Advertising Traffic Coordinator

Job Description

Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, helps put the power of cable to use for local, regional and national advertisers. As a traffic coordinator, I am able to utilize the skills and knowledge I gained while working toward my Communication Studies degree everyday.

Some of the responsibilities at my job include:

-Providing support to sales staff across Comcast Spotlight's Eastern Division.

-Scheduling and ensuring commercial advertisements air on cable networks per a client's contract.

-Inputting the titles of client advertisements into a database and entering the instructions for ads airing on the appropriate cable network, zone, time, and according to the ad priority rating.

-Maximizing billing opportunities by evaluating sold and scheduled inventory and adjusting commercial placement manually on a daily basis.

-Communicating regularly and effectively with the Sales Department regarding the status of a client's advertising schedule, including possible commercial spots that were not scheduled or broadcast as instructed.

-Revising and replacing instructions for advertising broadcast schedules when necessary.

-Assisting in maintenance of Master Client Files

-Facilitating communication with Clients, Ad Agencies and Account Executives regarding late or missing tapes

LuAnn Rittenhouse

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Class of 2006

Employer

Calvary Church
Souderton, PA

Title

Director of Communications

Job Description

I oversee all areas of communication for the church which include: internal vehicles such as bulletins, a weekly emailed “hot sheet” and other printed material as well as external vehicles such as radio, newspapers, website, and printed pieces. Communication is also shared via a weekly 10 minute spot in the services where our vision and strategies are creatively shared through original DVDs, interviews, panel discussions and humorous game-show formats.

Karen Reitano


Class of 1995

Employer

AREUFIT Health Services
Malvern, PA
http://www.areufithealthservices.com

Title

Sales Account Manager

Job Description

AREUFIT Health Services is a company that specializes in corporate health promotion and wellness services. I am the Sales Account Manager for the facilitation of successful corporate on-site health fairs. I work in conjunction with new and existing clients to determine what would be the most effective wellness initiatives for a company’s employees.

Amanda Jordan

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Class of 2007

Employer

Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
http://www.drexelmed.edu

Title

Administrative Coordinator

Job Description

Position responsibilities: Manage detailed projects required for database design and administration, software standards, publishing projects for sponsorship advertising and all major programs undertaken in the Department of Communications and Marketing. Coordinate and manage the business functions of the department including accounts payable, budget, and general paperwork relative to personnel. Additional responsibilities: Assist in planning and coordinating all major events – from strategy to execution - produced by the Office of Communications and Marketing. Participate and assist in other events produced by the College of Medicine. Writing assignments related to printed pieces. Responsible for tracking daily clips for public relations purposes; producing a weekly media review for the Dept.’s online newsletter.

Christina Travaglini


Class of 2009

Employer

Krieger Associates
Paoli PA

Title

Assistant Media Buyer

Job Description

Erica Sorrels (Seidner)

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Class of 2005

Employer

Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia, PA

Title

Corporate Services Coordinator

Job Description

My job entails working with the corporate sponsors of the Philadelphia Eagles. This involves day to day communication with each client and working with them on fulfilling the elements in their contract. I also am heavily involved in planning and executing events with our clients as well as my department.

Jon Iannacone

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Class of 2003

Employer

Chester County Intermediate Unit-Migrant Education Program
Downingtown, PA
http://www.cciu.org/

Title

Student Support Specialist

Job Description

I manage a caseload of about 100 Migrant and ESL students, most of whom have just moved to Pennsylvania from Mexico. I provide them with supplemental educational services for the first three years after they have moved. I coordinate and help run various after school programs in some of the following areas: College Preparation and Career Exploration, Technology Education, Academic Enrichment, and Public Health.

Michael Pavelic

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Class of 2007

Employer

J.G. Wentworth
Bryn Mawr, PA

Title

Sales Manager

Job Description

My job is to manage a sales team with the expectation to exceed company goals while providing a focus on career development. At the same time I am responsible for maintaining a comprehensive clientele base of my own. The best part of my job is building solid relationship with personal clients as well as my co-workers.

Amani Bright-Jones


Class of 2004

Employer

Temple University Public Radio-WRTI
Philadelphia, Pa
http://www.wrti.org

Title

Assistant Membership Manager

Job Description

Obtaining my B.A. in Communication Studies has allowed me to work in many different areas over the years. I currently work at Temple University Public Radio-WRTI in the Membership Department. I handle a variety of tasks on a daily basis including responding to member calls and emails, writing fundraising solicitations, donation and gift processing, as well as other tasks. I have been able to use my degree to enhance my skills of fundraising, development, and customer service. I am currently pursuing my Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration at West Chester University.

Daniel Quinn


Class of 2008

Employer

PeopleAnswers, Inc
Dallas, Texas
http://www.peopleanswers.com

Title

Marketing Manager

Job Description

PeopleAnswers provides a pre-emptive way to help companies address unwanted turnover by helping them identify the candidate who is the best fit for the position first time, every time.

I utilize my degree every single day. The best part of my career is being able to convey the heart of my company's message through several types of communication mediums. Whether it's through email or social media, my main objective is to attract visitors through meaningful content and to ultimately convert those visitors to happy customers. I'm constantly monitoring, measuring, or analyzing the effectiveness of all company marketing initiatives.

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Lindsey Covert


Class of 2012

Employer

Boston Red Sox
Fort Myers, Florida

Title

Game Day Operations

Job Description

This spring I will be a member of Game Day Operations for the Boston Red Sox during Spring Training. In this position I will be responsible for production, marketing, public relations, and community outreach for the team. This is a fantastic opportunity for me because I majored in Communication Studies at West Chester University with my concentration being in mass media and not to mention I am a huge Red Sox fan!

Jonathan Morgan


Class of 2004

Employer

Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network
New York, NY
http://www.yesnetwork.com

Title

Affiliate Sales Coordinator

Job Description

Account management for over 40 cable/satellite/telco affiliates in the NY, NJ, PA, & CT areas.

Track contract compliance to make sure affiliate's are complying by contract terms.

Assist in coordinating our 21 "over the air" Yankees broadcasts in the 12 DMA's that our service territory covers.

Responsible for maintaining our affiliate database which tracks our contacts, signal, subscriber data, etc.

Handle daily inquiries from current and potential customers

Patrick Gallen

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Class of 2007

Employer

National Basketball Association
Secaucus, NJ

Title

Production Employee or Video "Logger"

Job Description

At the NBA-E headquarters in Secaucus, NJ, my job is to watch various games throughout the season and “clip off” plays to make them more accessible through the NBA Video System. These plays from the regular season, playoffs, WNBA, etc. are archived and can be found through any kind of search through the NBA Video system. The editing staff and the video department then use the clips to make videos, produce highlights for NBATV and NBA.com and send out "dubbed" tapes to outside entities.