About the Communication Program
The Communication program is dedicated to helping you hone your communication skills through hands-on projects and immersive professional experiences. Faculty will work closely with you, helping you find opportunities that align with your passions and professional goals. When you graduate, you will have the tools you need for a successful career no matter what path you choose to take.
Communication program students are encouraged to take part in Westminster’s student news source, The Forum.
If you need help with research for any of your courses, Giovale Library has a research guide for the Communication program. There, you will find information that will assist you in finding background information, news sources, books, films, and articles as well as resources that will help you cite your sources.
All communication majors must complete one internship for credit once they have junior standing. However, it is encouraged that you complete an additional internship beyond this requirement. You can register for as many as 6 hours of internship a semester.
You can reach out to your faculty advisor for assistance in deciding which kind of internship you are prepared for that will best serve your interests and goals. Before applying to an internship, you will need to have taken relevant courses to prepare for the work you will be doing (graphic design, public relations, journalism, etc.).
An internship can be completed both in and outside of Salt Lake City. Internships may also be competed with a company or organization owned by a family member or friend; however, you are encouraged to venture out and explore opportunities with people whom you are not already connected with. You may also repeat an internship location, however, you should take on more or different responsibilities if you do.
You may also consider pursuing an internship on the Westminster campus. This is a great solution if it is difficult to fit working off campus into your schedule. These opportunities are often posted to the COMM Canvas group and Employment Wizard. You can also approach someone you want to work with and discuss internship options, however, please note that work on The Forum cannot be used for internship credit.
Once you have an internship selected, your academic advisor will likely serve as your internship advisor. However, you can select any full-time faculty member in the Communication program that you want.
Your weekly work schedule, work setting, and workwear will vary depending on your internship. However, you should treat each opportunity as more than just a class. Think of your internship as an audition. Even if your internship location doesn’t have a job available when you graduate, your colleagues may be instrumental in helping you get your foot in the door elsewhere. You can judge your workwear based upon your colleagues, but dressing more formal can have advantages.
- ABC4 News
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Blakemore Real Estate
- Broadway Media
- Bureau of Land Management
- Granite School District
- Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival
- Kanter for Council campaign
- Real Sale Lake's corporate donor department
- Red Raven Games
- Ritual Chocolate
- Salt Lake magazine
- The Salt Lake Tribune
- Sandy Library
- Utah Avalanche Center
- The Visual Communication Guy
- Westminster College's Office of Marketing and Communication
- World Woman Foundation
Meet the Faculty
Christy Seifert, Ph.D
- Rhetorical theory and practice, the rhetoric of popular science, online learning, professional writing
Kim Zarkin, Ph.D
- Media Law, First Amendment, regulation of indecent speech, media ethics, public relations, media history