College of Communication

Knowledge in Action

College of Communication students have many avenues for applying what's learned in the classroom. Through our Knowledge in Action program - and the broad range of internships and experiential education and leadership opportunities it provides - knowledge and insights gained from coursework are put into action. These opportunities build the experience and confidence needed for success after graduation.

Experiential Education and Leadership

One of the key advantages to being a College of Communication student is the chance to participate in organizations and competitions and to take classes that provide you with hands-on experience while tapping your leadership potential.

You can:

  • Write for and become an editor with our student-run news vehicles: The Collegian and Collegian online.
  • Produce Bulldog Beat, a weekly news and information program.
  • Produce Bulldog Blitz, a weekly sports program.
  • Enhance your media production skills as a member of Deep Blue.
  • Work with the Speakers Lab in its ongoing partnerships with St Vincent New Hope (communication and conversation skills training ) and Girls, Inc. (speech coaching for participants and staff).
  • Join RISE Innovations, a student-run communications firm operating as part of our college's Public Relations Student Society of America chapter (Butler PRSSA).
  • Learn to manage a business recording enterprise as a member of the Butler Recording Industry Club (BRIC).
  • Create a national advertising campaign as a member of the college's ADrenaline team in the annual American Advertising Federation student competition.
  • Test your oratory talents by participating on our award-wining Speech and Debate Team.
  • Conceive and  implement a public relations and communication program and measure your skills against 70 other universities in the annual PRSSA Bateman Case Study competition.
  • Gain clinical experience by serving in the Butler Speech-Language Clinic and our community screening program.
  • Research, prepare, and implement a communications campaign in our Public Communication Campaigns and Strategic Communication practicum courses.
  • Be an enterprising young journalist by covering and reporting on the suburb of Carmel in our Newswriting and Reporting course; further challenge your abilities by covering city and state government as a Public Affairs reporting student.

Taking advantage of these opportunities will enrich your experience in the College of Communication and will set you - and your degree - apart from others.

Internships

For many students, internships are a vital first step in testing the "real world" waters.  Whether your interests lie in media production, organizational communication, journalism, public relations and advertising or related areas, our active Internship Program can help you secure an internship and perform well in it.  We routinely work with more than 200 internship sites, key partners in our program who've benefitted from students' talents for many years.  They enjoy the fresh perspective students bring, sometimes enabling their organizations to better stay in touch with current trends. New internship sites are regularly added to help meet students' needs and the demands of our curriculum.

Once you've completed the necessary courses and are ready to do an internship for academic credit, you'll receive guidance in resume and cover letter preparation, interviewing and success on the job.  During your internship, our director will monitor your progress through site visits or phone consultations with your supervisor.  At the end of your internship, you'll be asked to compile your semester's work for review by the internship director and/or your program director. You'll also receive a formal evaluation from your internship supervisor, vital feedback designed to help further enhance your skills.

We're proud of the track record of our interns, many of whom have parlayed their internships into permanent positions and made key connections that helped lead to full-time jobs in other organizations.

For more information about the Internship Program, contact your academic program director or speak with your academic advisor. Download the CCOM Internship Agreement for more information.

Other Opportunities Offered by Butler University

Washington Learning Program

Study Abroad