Competition for internships and entry-level jobs is intense, especially in the current economy. Therefore, increasing emphasis is being placed on a student’s activities outside of the classroom as a method of standing apart from the crowd. The Communication Studies Showcase on Feb. 1 is an opportunity for all students to learn more about organizations that promote written, verbal and digital media skills. Sponsored by Lambda Pi Eta, West Chester University’s chapter of the nationally recognized communication studies honors society, the annual showcase puts a spotlight on student organizations that, amongst other benefits, provide real-world experience that will help in attaining internships and full-time employment.
“The Communication Showcase is a great way for communication studies majors to learn about extracurricular opportunities that can help them gain leadership skills, use classroom knowledge in real life situations, and make connections that will serve them throughout their college career and beyond,” Emily Bass , President of Lambda Pi Eta, said. The showcase will feature presentations from Lambda Pi Eta, Students in Communication, The Quad, WCUR, the Forensics team and Contemporary Issues.
“I originally went to the showcase to get extra credit for a class, but it was a really great experience! I was surprised to learn how many professional organizations there are at WCU and how beneficial they can be. I signed up and got involved that night,” Lauren Whitcomb, a senior communication studies major,said. The showcase starts at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 in Sykes Ballroom B. Students are welcome to enjoy refreshments and socialize until presentations begin at 7:15p.m. Representatives from each organization will be available to speak to interested students after the program.
To learn more about the exciting organizations appearing at the event, visit the Communication Studies Department’s website (http://communication.wcupa.edu/) and click on the activities tab.
Tracy Combs is a fourth year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at TC694114@wcupa.edu.