Organizational Communication

Course Information

Program Overview

Strong written and verbal communication skills are universally valued in corporate, nonprofit, government and entrepreneurial organizations. Assumption’s organizational communication students study the patterns, systems and networks of communication within an organization and develop the skills to effectively communicate with internal and external constituencies.

This major has a business foundation with a required core of six business knowledge courses, including: management, marketing and microeconomics.

Students who major in this program take a required, 3-credit course in either “Internship in Business” or “Portfolio Management” in their junior or senior year.

  • The internship/seminar course provides hands-on experience and training, networking with professionals in the field, and assessment of your personal career strengths and interests. You’ll spend a minimum of 120 hours working with professionals in the field. In this capstone seminar, students discuss organizational behavior and management concepts.
  • The portfolio course enables you to document your knowledge and skills, develop a resume and compile writing samples that make you more marketable as you seek your first professional position or as you apply for graduate school.

By combining the College’s strength in the liberal arts and business, students develop skills that enable them to be employed in areas such as:

  • strategic communications
  • advertising
  • advocacy
  • media relations
  • marketing communications
  • internal communications
  • investor relations
  • corporate social responsibility
  • government relations crisis management

Internship Blogs

Every semester approximately 25 students enroll in the Internship in Business course and intern at companies throughout Central Massachusetts. This seminar course with Professor Arlene DeWitt enables students to gain hands-on experience and then review what they are learning onsite with other members of the seminar class. Each week during the semester, one or more students will be blogging about their experiences.

Read our Internship blogs

Internship Blogs

Nov 24, 2015
Working at Country Junkie Nation has allowed me to execute the communication and marketing skills that I have leaned in my classes in a real world setting, and has also provided an in-depth look at an entrepreneurial setting. Working closely with the co-founders of the company allows me to bounce ideas off of them and receive immediate feedback. The open communication throughout the company has proven to be the perfect setting for advancing my skills.
Nov 16, 2015
The Office of Communications is the information hub for the Assumption College community; their functions include: developing press relations, interviewing guests, publishing news stories on Assumption’s website, and populating social media.
Nov 16, 2015
At Assumption College Athletics we follow a process to ensure an event reaches the highest level of marketing success. I meet every week with the Assistant Director of Athletics, Directors of Marketing, the Director of Communication, another intern, and students from the sports marketing class. The diversity of backgrounds provides a very open and productive discussion during our meetings. I find this type of meeting to be a good experience with high creativity levels and collaborative planning.
Nov 16, 2015
As the operations intern, the primary event that I was fortunate to work on was the Way of Nonviolence event. We hosted a dinner at Union Station, which included a dialogue with a Right Livelihood Award recipient. My tasks included: getting a reporter to the event, giving presentations about the event to different groups, as well as writing a press release and dispersing it to local news channels. This event meant so much to me because I was given the responsibility to achieve these tasks, and I was able to participate in it all coming together in a meaningful event.
Nov 12, 2015
As an intern, I have observed how a tactical plan gets executed from start to finish: from the beginning research stage, where I contribute most heavily by auditing online content as well as compiling databases through Microsoft Excel, all the way to the implementation stage, where new materials are rolled out to better market our graduate programs. I greatly value being able to learn from and gain feedback from my supervisor in this process.

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