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A Word From Our Students

197C2996-6F8C-4896-BEF3-CD4F11C732F6I switched into the communications program my junior year of college. I was scared and hesitant about switching into communications not knowing what I could do with this degree. Now that I am graduating with a bachelors in communications the question is “What can’t I do with this degree”. The communications program at Maryville is a quality degree program. With excellent professors and spectacular classmates, being a communications major was one of the best decisions I have ever made. -Nicole Burkemper

There is no other academic program at Maryville that better prepares you for your upcoming role as a job seeker. My fellow students outside of the Communication program were always impressed that my professors spoke about current internships, full-time positions, the skills needed to obtain these and portfolio and resume building. I feel this practical and real world application has given me an edge in the field, and has provided me with the confidence needed to seek any job I desire. -Lexie Purcell

Recent Senior Online Portfolio

Research Presentations

Ryan Cockerham, Victoria Hunt and Emerald Heembrock presented a poster on micro expressions in the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Gabriel Stephens was accepted into the Communication Doctoral Program at the University of Florida for the Fall 2014 semester. During his master’s degree at Maryville, Gabriel assisted with research for Dr. Carver, Dr. Dohrman and Dr. York.

Internship Highlights

Recent student internships include:

  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Fleishman Hillard
  • purePR

“My internship experience was loaded with practical, real-world experience that helped me to prepare for my career in a way that was more hands-on than any textbook could ever provide. Absolutely do an internship, you can’t afford not to!”-Andrea Miller

  • Melting Pot
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Hermann London
  • Grey Eagle
  • Menagerie Models
  • Town & Style
  • St. Louis Magazine
  • ClearChannel
  • The World and Everything In It
  • Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Mardi Gras Inc
  • MS Society
  • St. Joseph Institute of the Deaf
  • Missouri Ballet Theatre
  • New Jewish Theatre
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Delmar Loop District
  • Althoff Catholic High School








We expect that most of our graduates will have 2-3 internships by the time they leave our program. Every student must complete one internship for credit (more details), but you can do up to six hours of credit towards your academic program. Contact Dr. Rebecca Dohrman, Internship Coordinator for the Communication Program and Undergraduate Program Director at RLDohrman@maryville.edu for more information.

Social Media Fun Facts:

Several of our students get hands-on experience with the new/social media landscape. Here are just a few examples:

In the PR and writing class Melissa Graham, a undergraduate student in the communication program had her Blog Post about Carl’s Drive-In re-posted here.

Similarly, Drew Williams’ Blog Post about the Seattle Sounders soccer franchise was re-posted here.

Gregory Bradford had his tweets selected as top tweet by STLToday! Find it here.

Potential Careers

What can I do with an undergraduate degree in Communication? Is this a question you wonder about? The opportunities with a degree in Communication are plenty. Our program manages a Communication Blog that lists potential career opportunities, where our recent graduates are now employed, and examples of student E-portfolios they have created during our program.

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